What is a Resolution?

Saturday, January 02, 2010

This year I spent my brought in the New year in a different way than I ever had. I spent it with my best friend and the congregation of people at my church taking communion and listening to my pastor. It was an incredible of feeling of knowing that I was exactly at the place where I was supposed to be and made me look forward to the new year - something I have not done in a really long time.

The topic of our sermon was resolutions and I really enjoyed the new perspective he gave us, so much so that I thought it would be good to share it with anyone who wants to read this.

We tend to look at resolutions as bad things sometimes because we feel that we are only setting ourselves up for defeat. By we, I mean me. I know in the past I have shied away from resolutions because I feel that I am saying all these things that I want to get done but in the end, I don't get anything done and then I feel more defeated towards the next year. Here is the thing the dictionary defines a resolution as: a formal determination of any corporal body, to decide to act upon, to rest in the outcome. If I break each one of these statements down I am in fact referring to exactly what I plan on doing with my life:

a formal determination of any corporal body: I am formally deciding what I am going to do to make changes to my physical body to improve my health & fitness.

to decide to act upon: I am tired of say I am going to do something, I have decided to act on my resolutions and get up off the couch/bed to work out. It is time to start putting off for tomorrow what I can do today.

to rest in the outcome: I will be happy with the outcome once I truly commit to these lifestyle changes. An outcome can only come about when I put my plan into motion.

This is how I will look at my resolutions. Instead of being afraid of them, I shall re-invent how I look at them.

What are my actual resolutions this year - here goes:
1. Run a 5 k race ( I miss racing)
2. 100,010 crunches (sounds crazy but I am a numbers person and I do better when I set an end goal number of crunches)
3. 5,000 pushups (see above)
4. Go through my One Year Bible
5. Be more organized

Stay tuned for updates. Happy New Year everyone!
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    I love your resolutions I think they're brillant! Good luck, I know you will reach each and every goal you've set for yourself!
    3411 days ago
    Thanks Kim. I can send you a spread sheet if you want. I love spreadsheets!!!

    I looked into the Huntingbeach to see if they had a 5 K but they don't I would love do one one with you.

    As for your kind wishes in 2010 - RIGHT BACK AT YOU
    3423 days ago
    Hi Anastasia,
    You're amazing....I love the spreadsheet thing....that works perfectly!! I need to take a lesson from you and do more crunches....not sure if I'm ready to make that a goal yet though...I have so much on my plate....I've learned my lesson in the past of making too many goals for myself......maybe you can do a 5k when I come down to CA and we can run together...I would love to finally meet you in person!!
    May 2010 be full of health and happiness for you ;-)
    3423 days ago
    Sounds like a wonderful way to bring in the New Year!

    Great goals... U go Girl!!!
    3423 days ago
    Hey Kim,

    thanks for the support. I actually have a spread sheet where I keep the number of crunches and pushups I do. I try not to say how much i will do daily for two reasons:
    1. Health wise - i can never be sure if how i will wake up so therefore i won't be hard on myself on those days. Instead I have a weekly goal. it is easier for me to follow that.

    2. I alternate the number of crunches and pushups i do daily.

    Thanks for the idea for the 5K. I definitely plan on doing one this year just haven't found the right one yet. As soon as I do I will post. I AM so excited about your 1/2 marathon in February. It will be awesome
    3423 days ago
    Hi Anastasia,

    I think your goals sound great...and I truly believe you will accomplish what you set out to do....I have admired all your accomplishments since I met you on Spark which was July 08 as you were the leader of my class Spark Team!!

    The only thing I would add is the "how" you are going to do them (you might already have that thought out and not listed)....100,010 crunches by doing XXX number per day, week, month, more organized by doing XXXXXX everyday, run a 5k race by XXXXXX....if you're like me it will hold you more accountable...

    Good luck and enjoy the journey!!

    3423 days ago
    Thanks Cindy - I always wanted a personal cheerleader
    3423 days ago
    WOW!!! YOU can do it and I will be there to cheer u on along the way!!! emoticon
    3423 days ago
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