Saturday, January 8, 2011

Resolutions 2011

I am in a legitimate quandary.  For the past sixteen years, every year's list of resolutions began with, "Lose (varying amounts) of weight."  Sometimes I disguised it as "Live healthier," "Eat more vegetables," "Exercise," or "Stop scouring the floor for forgotten M&M's," but it always meant the same.

This resolution no longer really exists for me.  I still have a substantial amount of weight to lose (52 pounds), but I have already lost 89 pounds (from my top weight in May; I've lost 77 pounds since August 25).  I am currently losing anywhere from 2-5 pounds per week, so even by a conservative estimate, I should be at my (doctor's) goal weight by early July, but I think I'll be there before then.  It won't stop there, of course, but weight loss is no longer an idealistic, far-reaching, nigh unattainable goal that will require substantial change in my behavior to accomplish, therefore it does not require a resolution.

Here, then, are my resolutions, in no particular order:

1. I'm going to keep a cleaner house.  I have much more energy now than I used to, which should mean I have more time, but it doesn't seem to be working that way.  I promise to devote more of my time and energy to my home this year.

2. I'm not going to brood about things that irritate or offend me.  I'm not sure I'll ever be able to completely avoid it, but I refuse to waste my mental energy on things and people who do nothing but bring me down.

3. This year, I WILL SING AGAIN.  I promise, I will take at least one voice lesson from my teacher this summer and I will sing FOR REAL again.

4. I will stop buying myself jewelry except on special occasions, such as a trip to a jewelry store.

5. This year, I will allow myself to be photographed, and I will not delete the pictures from the camera before anyone else sees them.

Ah, a life with purpose.  It feels good.


Kristina P. said...

I love the last one. It wasn't until I also lost weight and started feeling confident, that I allowed myself to be photographed. You won't find many pictures of me during college.

Joy and Dennis said...

All good resolutions! Though we all really WANT to obtain these resolutions/goals, they are also useful in just their desire.
#1 just because you have more energy does not mean that they have put more hours on your clock or into your day. Don't beat yourself up when life gets too hectic. Just enjoy the fact that you have the energy to fulfill the hecticness.
#2 A very very good resolution to have. Worrying, brooding, etc never makes the problem go away or the person change. It just depletes the worrier/brooder. So good for you!
#3 Please sing for us again. Your voice has been missed....and let me know when that will happen. I'd love to hear it!
#4 I think a trip to the jeweler is most definitely a special occasion and thusly should be rewarded!
#5 Quit deleting. And take some pictures of yourself along your journey. You won't like them at the moment, but they will be documentation even if only to yourself of the final result!

Love you sweet girl!

Boy Mom said...

Most excellent resolutions! #4 made me smile! I just got the confidence to start buying jewelry. Did I tell you to check out Junk Gypsy on line?

Boy Mom said...

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Deb said...

Thanks, I will check out that link!