Sunday, January 22, 2012

My 3 New Years Resolutions and How I'm Doing So Far

I'm one of those people who make New Years resolutions every year. Most of the time I have a hard time keeping them because they aren't really very practical. I tend to aim too high and then beat myself up because I've failed.

So this year I decided to make three resolutions that I felt were truly doable if I worked hard on them. I'm finding that effort really does pay off in results. Here are my three resolutions and how I'm doing so far.

1. Get Tech Savvy.
Computers, iphones, cameras, all of it. I am so tired of not feeling "with it" !! My adult children have such an ease in using technology these days, and I am so far behind in navigating this new world. When the eye rolling and muffled laughs that came in response to my endless questions of "How do you do that?" became too much, I decided I need to start learning. It hasn't been easy, but I am starting to understand more and more. I bought myself a new camera, read the instruction book, and I know how to use it! I have a lot more to learn, but slowly and surely, I will get there. So yes, I'm keeping this resolution. Go me!

2. Go For A Walk Everyday.
Walking is one of the best things that we can do for ourselves. It's good for the body and the mind. I started the new year walking a little each day. I didn't get very far, but some of it was uphill so that was good. I have a great pair of walking shoes and there really isn't any reasons for excuses. But then we got hit by a big snow storm last week and that was the perfect excuse! I couldn't walk in a snow storm, right?
I do intend (I think) to start walking again after all the snow is gone. So as far as keeping this resolution? Sad to say, no I haven't.

3. Stop Eating Sweets
I think this one is the hardest one of all! My family had so many treats and goodies and cookies and candies this year at Christmas time. And pies and cakes and a Gingerbread house... Of course I made fudge, too. I've really been indulging my love of sweets for the last couple of months but I knew it was time to stop. I've lost thirty pounds in the last six months and didn't want to see any of it come back. Have I stopped eating sweets? Yes, for the most part I have. I just don't have them around or don't bake any. If I don't see them, I don't eat them. I have been drinking more tea with a splash of flavored coffee creamer and that seems to help with any cravings I might have. I'd say I'm doing pretty well keeping this resolution. But I am a little worried about Valentines Day and all that chocolate that comes with it!

So have you kept your New Years resolutions or are you struggling? The great thing is that we don't have to wait for a new year to be a better us. Each new day has the power to make us a better person. All we can do is try.

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