This is not a resolution…

January 4, 2011 § 9 Comments

(I have set my 30 minute timer, so this time I shouldn’t write too too long, heh….)

I, like a few of my friends, cannot make and expect to keep New Year’s resolutions. I tend to want to make them but by February, I can’t even remember what they were in the first place. So, that is why this is Not A Resolution. This is a Life Change.

Last night, Robert and I were talking, and I sort of blurted out of nowhere that I was really unhappy with the way my body looks. I pointed out my knees, my thighs (front and back), my stomach, my ass. I could keep going, but last night I was really focused on my lower body apparently. We agreed that not only do we need to start taking our health much more seriously, but we also have to work together to help each other meet our goals. Unfortunately, this semester Robert is working five days a week 45 minutes away from home. Yesterday was our first day of this new schedule, and before he left work, I asked him if he’d like to take the dogs on a walk before dinner. By the time he made it home it was too dark to walk safely…it was 5:30 p.m. This is going to be our normal schedule.

So, we started talking about this. Do we wait until Spring when we “spring forward” an hour and get some daylight at 5:30 p.m.? That seems a little wasteful. Way to get a jump start on exercise, huh? Rather than try to do that, we decided that we would try something else. Robert wakes up at 6 a.m. every morning, and I will join him on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting next week when my school reopens. But what’s the real difference between 5:30 and 6? (Yes, yes, I know. Half hours in the mornings can be extremely important, but if we go to bed earlier, it shouldn’t be that difficult.) If we already plan to get up and get ready for work at 6, when why couldn’t we just get up at 5:30 a.m., take the dogs on a half hour walk around the neighborhood, and then come home and get ready for work at 6? It doesn’t seem like it will be that difficult of a goal.

Our days will be longer, sure, and we might have to take a power nap some afternoons. But! I also know that the more exercise I get, the better I eat, the better I sleep at night, and the more energetic I feel during the day. Robert also pointed out that once we get the dogs into a routine, they’ll help us wake up at 5:30. And I just can’t say no to Annie when she comes to wake me up. Her face is too cute.

In addition to giving us some alone time together as well as an exercise routine we can stick to, waking up at 5:30 every weekday morning will get me up on my days off. I will be able to schedule earlier personal training sessions and get myself to work right away. I am miserable grading first thing in the morning. So, I’ll write instead, take a lunch break (and maybe go to my spin class, if they haven’t changed the schedule), and grade in the afternoon. It’s all about knowing myself and working with the best patterns for me.

Now to be perfectly honest, I woke up at 7 a.m. this morning, and I’m starting to feel groggy. Like I could lay down on my couch right now and pass out. But I’m not going to let myself because I need to train myself to get back into work mode. I know that I fell into a hibernation at the beginning of December, and it’s finally time to snap out of it.

Do any of you have any “not resolutions” that you would like to tackle and/or recommit yourself to? How do you plan to successfully achieve your goals and incorporate them into your day-to-day habits for the long-term?

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§ 9 Responses to This is not a resolution…

  • AMo says:

    You know my resolutions. 😉 But I love how you’ve recommitted to yourself – I think that’s really smart for you two to being doing this together. You can help motivate each other when it gets tough. Go girl!! 😀

    • Mrs. H. says:

      Thanks, A.Mo! 🙂 I’m disappointed because I’m almost back to where I was last year, and I had been doing so well, too. But I’m trying to keep myself in a better, more forgiving mind space. I think doing this with Robert will absolutely make all the difference in the world.

  • Resolutions are the kiss of death! Best bet for me is to resolve not to do something, if, indeed, it’s something I (secretly) want to accomplish. I think it might be a sickness, really–so ass-backwards and inside out.

    Shall we cheer you on? Would love to know how this works for you–good luck!

    • Mrs. H. says:

      Haha, that’s wonderful! So it’s sort of like reverse psychology? When I was little, that’s how I used to do things so I wouldn’t “jinx” it by admitting that I wanted it. So, for example, if I really really wanted a pony for Christmas, I would say to myself, “I don’t really want a pony at all.” Unfortunately, I never saw that my theory worked out. 😉 But it’s good to know that it actually works for somebody! 🙂

      And yes, please cheer me on. Talk about accountability: tell the entire Internet that you want to lose weight, lol. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Spartacus says:

    This year rather than write down a solid list of resolutions I wrote down things that I really wanted to do but couldn’t do them or couldn’t do them how I would like to do them because of certain situations, so for example I might want to play sports on a regular basis but I’m just way out of shape and too unfit to do it. So rather than trying to commit myself to something I’ve obviously found difficult to do in the past I looked at what I really want to do and what’s holding me back so as to try and motivate myself better. So far it’s working but then so far is only four days into 2011!

    • Mrs. H. says:

      I love that idea, Spartacus! It’s like giving yourself long-term goals that you want to accomplish and allowing yourself the opportunity to achieve small-term goals that can help you get there. Good luck with your goals!

  • Tonia says:

    I’ve told myself I want to be more active. While I’d like to lose weight (wouldn’t we all?),I want to stop worrying about numbers on the scale or the fact that I can’t fit into my honeymoon clothes anymore. I just want to go outside more. I want to stop eating out as much and cook dinner more often. I feel like these are doable things that will have good results if I actually stick to them. I also feel like they are broad enough to work 🙂

    • Mrs. H. says:

      That’s a great strategy! Broad goals like that won’t make you feel guilty and then it becomes entirely up to you what you mean by “going outside more.” And honestly I think that that’s a much more achievable goal that you can sort of have instant gratification with. If by going outside more you mean you take the dog for a walk for 30 minutes a day, then there you go. You’ve done it. And then you’ll feel proud of yourself and might feel like you want to build upon it. It’s great! 🙂 Good luck with your not-resolutions!

  • Tori Nelson says:

    I feel you on the weightloss issue. I have tried “resolving” to tackle the problem, but as soon as I comit to anything, I become the Queen of Excuses. Instead, I just suggest (gently, verrryyyy gently) to myself to try a few things here and there. I do a yoga tape, a pilates tape, and a cardio tape 4 days a week, and have taken to walking laps at an indoor track when Baby is awake and happy!

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