Anyone who says that they don’t make resolutions is probably lying. At least that’s what I’m thinking these days. Because I told myself, I’m not making any resolutions this year. At least not January 1st when it’s winter & cold & gets dark early & there’s all kinds of sitting on the couch while eating Christmas cookies to be done. Not early January when I’m still recovering from the amazing germs that you get from hanging out with people during the holidays. If I make any resolutions, I’m waiting until May, until my birthday, that’s a good date – the weather’s more temperate, sunnier, lighter later, I’ll be wearing shorts more often & don’t get sick as much. But I lied, even to myself. So many resolutions, ideas, plans are spinning around my congested head.
So here’s a list of things I think I’d like to give a shot this year. You never know, it could happen. My follow-through tends to suck, but once in awhile, I complete tasks that require major longevity & attention.
1) After all the Christmas goodies are gone (I can’t waste good food!), I will return to eating healthier throughout the day – not just one or two meals or snacks. I will eat more vegetables & fruits. I will not buy chunk cheese or chips of any kind unless it’s a truly special occasion. If my husband buys chips, I will not consume half (or more) of the bag in one sitting.
2) I will cook more often. Like, I will cook. Period. This has not been happening. Since it’s just me & Nathaniel from 5pm until 7:30pm five nights per week, I’ve not been much motivated to cook. He doesn’t want to eat 95% of anything I would cook (and that’s probably being optimistic that he’d even eat 5% of it) & why should I bother with the time & expense, as he’d probably whine & do even worse things for my attention throughout, not to mention that I want to hang out with him? However, I will give it a shot. Maybe I’ll find one food that he’ll actually eat. I have an entire bookcase of cookbooks, collecting dust.
3) Speaking of bookshelves & stuff: I will find a way to organize this entire freaking house. We will get rid of stuff & we will organize stuff so that we’re not so cluttered & messy all the time.
4) I will buy a treadmill & find a place to put it. I honestly don’t care if it’s in the dining room at this point. I will use that treadmill & cancel all my money-sucking gym memberships that haven’t been getting the use I’d planned. Sure, I won’t be able to swim, but I do that so rarely, it’s a crying shame. I will also use my stationary bike at least once every other week. I will also do strength/resistance training at home, by videos or otherwise, at least once every other week.
5) I will beat my race times from last year, especially the insane trail 10K & half marathon, & I will cut my average speed to under 11-minutes per mile. I’ve done that pace for a few short runs lately – I’m going to get it to longer runs by years end. To accomplish this, I will run at least 3x per week – starting next week (because by then, this ridiculous upper respiratory infection I’ve got should be totally gone – I’m hoping to run at least once or twice this week).
6) I will read more books – more fiction in particular. Starting this month – I’ve got a handful of audio books – I count that as reading. Time to get moving on them.
7) This is a BIG maybe – but MAYBE, I’ll run a marathon this year. I really like short distances, like 5 & 10K, but MAYBE if I can run as regularly as I hope to and MAYBE if life cooperates to let me be able to have 4+ hours to myself more than once to be able to do the long training runs, MAYBE, I’ll do it.
You never know.