A resolutioner is what I call the people that take up the treadmills at the gym until mid-February until they give up because no one can sustain going to the gym 7 days a week, every week. Or those people at Whole Foods who are having a mini-freakout because they can’t find the organic kale that is absolutely crucial to whatever nasty drink they’re forcing themselves to consume 12 times a day.
The people I like are the ones who make the general resolutions….”I will be more active.” “I will prepare healthy foods so I can choose those first.” When you start adding specifics, in my opinion, you set yourself up for failure. I should know since that has been me ever since I was old enough to write a list (I love lists, so it was probably early on) of things I wanted to change in the New Year.
This year, I’ve decided to take a different approach. It’s still a list form, obviously, but not quite the “I need to lose 15lbs by June 1.” PS, it was always June 1 as if that was the magical day that I had to definitely start wearing a bikini or something. And I’ve ALSO decided that no resolutions can revolve around how I look in a bathing suit (though that might be a nice perk) because there will always be someone who looks 100x better than you in a bikini and another person who looks 100x worse. No one is ever happy.
My resolutions for 2014….
1. Blog regularly (You’re welcome).
2. Run a PR at the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in April.
3. Take time to prepare food on Sundays so I’ve got something healthy to reach for when I can’t bring myself to turn on the oven.
4. Make significant progress on my masters degree.
5. Try new fitness classes (FlyWheel, Pure Barre, and a trapeze class are definitely on the list!)
6. Accept that I can’t control everything.
Due to the placement of New Years this year, I decided that my resolutions started today. Let’s be honest, I live in Philly, home of the Mummers. They’re obviously not going to start on January 1. Then January 2-4, you’re probably too hungover to even pretend like you’re going to choose the carrots and hummus over the pancakes/cheese/nachos that someone is undoubtedly waving in front of your face. This year, I decided to be ok with it.
So, I sit here after having prepared some spaghetti squash concoction that smells heavenly and involves so many veggies and packed a yoga bag for class tomorrow. Day one of my resolutions complete…359 more to go. 🙂