My For-Really-Reals New Year Resolutions

You know how I listed in great detail about my NYRs (it’s just a couple of posts below this one)? Well those were all fine and dandy, but over the last couple of days I have been thinking about what I would REALLY like to change this year. They aren’t terribly exciting, they won’t mean a thing to anyone else, but honestly these are the things that would impact my little world the most:

  1. Get my family to eat at the dinner table as often as we can. We ALWAYS eat in the living room, in front of the TV. We are always together, but I think eating together at the table would be a huge thing for us as a family, especially since I’ve got pre-teens who are becoming increasingly withdrawn.
  2. Get my digestive system “regular”. I’m not going to explain this one further. You’re welcome.
  3. Spend more time developing my faith. I have been stalled for a looooong time in this area and I want move on down the road a bit.
  4. Put a little more effort into making home a comfy and well-cared-for place. I tend to not decorate much because I am totally lost in that area, and it seems like my house is always a half hour away from being tidy. I’m just going to spend more time picking up, and shopping (cheaply) for things that will make my home more functional and comfortable.

So that’s it. Nothing glamorous or Bucket List-y, just things that I would love to see some improvement in, in the next 12 months. This list feels more real to me than my other list, and while I’m not going to ignore my first list, I think this list is the one that I will spend the most time on. I think I should also add to my list a fifth item – learn to write without ending sentences in a preposition! That bugs me to death when I do that, but apparently not enough to do anything about it.  🙂

New Year Resolutions…kinda, but not really.

Happy 2010! Do we say “two thousand and ten” or do we say “twenty ten”? I think I like the former. What do you say?

So yeah, the whole resolution thing… I know there are a lot of people who refuse to be resolute, but me? I kinda like making New Year’s Resolutions. Actually I like making New Year’s Things I Hope To Accomplish But If I Don’t I Certainly Don’t Think of Myself As A Failure. Or as I like to call them NYTIHTABIIDICDTOMAAF. Get that? Good.

When pondering my NYTIHTABIIDblahblahblah, I decided that I also wanted to include not only the WHAT but also the HOW. So after thinking long and hard (for about 10 minutes) about it, here’s what I have come up with:

Lose These Last 20 Pounds

  1. Eat Healthy

                How? Learn to cook healthy

                     How? Peruse my Eating Well magazine and Roni’s Green Lite Bites for inspiration and try one new recipe at least once a month (I’m going to shoot for two or three times a month, but I’m going to take it slow to start.)

      2.    Move More

              How? Wear my pedometer daily 

                  Get on the elliptical several days per week

                   How? Download new music so working out is more fun and something I can look forward to.

Develop My Hobbies

    1. Take a yoga class

            How? Call the Rec Center and find out times and plan on going once a week.

    2.  Knitting

           How? Find books or people to help with learning new techniques.

               How? There is a new yarn shop that just opened up in my town and once a month they have an overnight “knit-in” where you can go and just knit and hang out and ask questions. Don’t know if I’ll actually attend one, but I plan on going into the shop and asking questions.

Get Finances in Better Shape

    1. How? Give Shawn more control over paying the bills. I’m happy to hand over that responsibility to him. I have enough to do without that headache!

    2. Use menu planning to control our grocery expense. I have been doing this for awhile now and it has helped a lot, but I need to work on making it a habit.

   3. Get rid of some clutter and possibly sell some things on Craigslist.

I have a few other boring things I’m going to think about in the coming year, but those up there are the biggies.  And I’m sure that if I wanted to really put in the time and effort I could break all those down into even tinier steps, but I don’t feel like doing that, so this is it for now. Just a general guideline to keep in mind as I go through these next 12 months.

My plan for today is to finish putting away the Christmas decorations, rearrange my girls’ room to accomodate the new toys, tidy up the house a bit, and go to WalMart for exciting things like batteries and a new calendar. I’m also in the mood to watch a movie or two and work on the Scarf That I Hope To Finish Before Next Summer.  Did I mention that it’s 11:45 and I am still in my pj’s? Yeah, nothing like cramming a full day of activities into half a day! Oh well, like I have said before, what get’s done get’s done and what doesn’t, well better luck tomorrow.

I hope you all have a good, restful day – and yay for long weekends!! 🙂

NYR revisited

I thought it was time to revisit those resolutions I made at the beginning of the year and see how many I have actually kept.

 

• Finish c25k – not so much, but I may start over again this summer, so I could still keep this resolution before the end of the year

 
• Run a 5k – well I think first I should train for a 5k before I run it, so see above.

 
• Keep a supply of B&BW lotions – holy cow I’ve got so much of that stuff it’s coming out of my ears!!

 
• Paint toenails lavender – Check!! As we speak, I have lavender toenail polish on and I love it!

 
• Read a non-diet and non-smut book – I read Danielle Steele’s Sisters – it was pretty good and am currently reading Laced by Carol Higgins Clark (Mary’s daughter).

 
• Get thyroid checked – actually did that this morning! Should have results tomorrow.

 
• Redecorate bedroom – I made the bed today – does that count?

 
• Get one of bills paid off – will have one paid off next week – yeehaw!!

 
• Spend fifty smackers on myself monthly – I’m getting better about this. I still have a hard time spending money on me, when there is so much other stuff I could spend it on, but I realize that if I keep depriving myself, it just makes me resentful and cranky, and it’s not pretty when I get cranky!!

 
I think I’m doing pretty well at making all my resolutions a reality. It helps to have simple resolutions. 🙂