For all the talk of New Year's resolutions over the years, I have to admit that I've never really made any. Not real ones, anyway. The ever-present, yet ever-vague "lose weight" was always in the back of my mind, but nothing was planned or specific (like the weight would drift away simply because I thought of it more often).
You'd think a list-maker like me would thrive on having a page full of New Year's resolutions, but honestly, I know my track record of "What I'd Like to Accomplish v. What I End Up Doing," and it's not a pretty sight. I have great ideas, but am not really someone who follows through consistently. Mostly, I just forget. Much of the time, it's not a lack of motivation or a lack of time or other resources; it's simply that I don't remember what I was going to do.
Hmmm...maybe there is something to this list-making at the start of the new year, after all...
I've had more consistent success with fitness and health over the past year than any other time in my life, mostly due to SparkPeople. Logging my nutrition, following up on my fitness plans, getting encouragement through the forums and teams has made progress possible. A special thank you goes out to MISSG180, C8TSON, MAMA2EEEE, KBRADFORD88 and YENDUCHAKA for steady, reliable encouragement and advice. And a very special sort of thank you goes out to the Sarcasm Team, who makes me laugh at myself -- and more importantly, at others -- on a daily basis.
So hey, here goes: I'm going to make a list this year. Resolutions that will not only be helpful, but resolutions I stand a chance of keeping. Tomorrow at some point, I'll be looking back on the past year and seeing what worked and what didn't, then making a plan for 2013. I know I've done some pretty cool things in the past 12 months for my health, and I think I'll be pretty motivated when I see those things written down under the "done" column, even if they're ongoing. (One of my sons is doing the 100 pushups challenge with me, thanks to a blog written by ADAMM9.)
See you next year! (Yes, juvenile but appropriate.)
And the music-lovers may enjoy a photo of our Christmas tree: