I will use my monthly wall calendar to document my workouts–those yellow highlighter crosses really make me feel good when I’m blinded by them at the end of the month!
I will schedule workouts in my planner.
Reincorporate strength-training in my workouts 2-3 times a week (I started this goal this week and my chest and arms are still crying about it.)
I will continue to use Sundays to plan my meals and workouts for the week.
I will try at least one new healthy recipe each week.
I will avoid cookies and sweets at lunch, instead bringing a piece of minty gum as my lunch “chaser.”
I will drink 6+ glasses of water daily.
I will drink 1-2 cups of green tea daily. Supposedly, it boosts metabolism, but it could be a healthy coffee replacement.
I will take measurements on the first of each month. No, I will not post them for all of you to see.
I will have an agenda to discuss with my doc at my annual check-up in February/March. It will include weight loss, my c-reactive protein levels, my back pain, my muscle tightness, discussing birth control options and whatever health concerns come up.
If I don’t lose weight consistently between now and my physical in February/March, I will return to the nutritionist.
I will take my vitamins, supplements and metformin regularly.
Reconfigure my budget and make a better savings plan for 2010. Generally, I do this every year, but this year’s paycut due to the economy and the desire to take another real vacation (cruise!?!) means that this year’s budget update is extra important.
I did develop a budget (using Mint.com!). My savings account is pretty healthy, and I’ve done better at managing my money, despite getting very little reimbursement for the expenses related to the car accident I was in this past April.
Read at least 20 books this year. YES! I have to put the Nook Evan got me for Christmas to good use. Currently on my agenda to read:
- Finish Jillian Michael’s Master Your Metabolism: done
- Also finish Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper: never picked this back up
- Dave Eggers’ Where the Wild Things Are novel: totally misplaced it and only recently found it. It’s added to my 2011 book list!
- Wally Lamb’s Wishin’ and Hopin’: done
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: done
I only read a little over a dozen books, if you add the list below, which have been read since February; however, my reading picked up significantly in the last 2 months of the year, so I hope to capitalize on this in 2011:
- Several books about PCOS
- Geneen Roth’s “Women, Food & God”
- David Sedaris’s “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk”
- Aimee Bender’s “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake”
- “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”
- Hilary Thayer Hamann’s “Anthropology of an American Girl: A Novel”
- “Managing the Millenials” (for work)
So what does this all mean for 2011? I’m not setting any huge swooping resolutions. That just ain’t gonna happen. I’ve learned this year that sometimes “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans,” so I’m just gonna live life, but I am giving myself some guidelines that are less resolution and more a reflection of my values and what’s important to me.
My relationship with myself
Reading “Women, Food & God” was so much more transformative than I expected it would be. I’m trying to release my need to be an obsessive planner and calorie counter and focus on having a healthy relationship with food and getting a good balance of the food groups that my body needs to stay healthy. I expect to continue this by tracking food groups (not calories or carbs) as needed, not using food as a coping mechanism when I’m struggling emotionally or when I’m tired, being attentive to my body and it’s needs, and, finally, by continuing to appreciate and love food through trying new recipes.
It also means making sure I have enough down time, which for me, is best spent reading. My starter book list for 2011 includes:
- Emma Donaghue’s “Room”
- Donald Miller’s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” for the Women, Food & Blog blogger book club.
- Tom Rath’s “Well-Being”
- Peter Lake’s “Beyond Discipline”
- Dave Eggers’ “Where the Wild Things Are”
- Jenny McCarthy’s “Belly Laughs”
My relationship with my career
I’ve stalled on the professional development front. I’m vowing to update my resume, get involved in activities and tasks that will fill out my resume and prepare me for that “next step.” I will be better at developing a timeline and staying focused and on task for the big projects, so I don’t get bogged down by the little fires that pop up. Finally, I will increase my reading on work-related literature. (Currently on my plate: the previously mentioned “Well Being” by Tom Rath, which is actually a book about balancing life and career and “Beyond Discipline” by Peter Lake.)
My relationship with others
This year, I found myself spending more time with family but losing out on time with friends due to a combination of factors (sick grandfather, training at night, busier than anticipated work schedule with more night commitments, etc.). I want a better balance. I know my traveling days are restricted with a baby coming into the picture (Or are they? We’ll see how this kid and this new momma deals with travel.) but I do want to make sure I’m connecting with my out-of-state friends monthly via phone (and perhaps a little more frequently via e-mail), and I want my child to get to know these awesome people who are in my life. I also want to find ways to strengthen my connection and relationship with Evan. Although he moved in late this summer, we still struggle to find quality time together due to our opposite work schedules. Even weekends aren’t necessarily bonding time for us as he sometimes works or has craft shows related to his business or we have commitments with family or friends (weddings, holidays, birthdays, etc.).
My relationship with my planner and task list (AKA “Living in the present with an eye towards the future”)
I need to live in the moment more. The surprises of 2010 forced me to do that at times, and although I’m caught up now in baby planning, or, really, more specifically, “baby wondering (is it a boy or a girl? will the sequential screening test indicate any abnormalities? will I develop gestational diabetes? how will we manage my on call schedule and how will I manage going back to work? what do we need to plan for financially? will we have a ginger baby?), I know that once this kid comes out, planning isn’t going to really do me much good. My life is going to be turned upside down. As a result, I’m just going to enjoy the moment and make sure that any impulsive decisions are made while considering the implications for the future. (Example: pre-baby cruise might not be the best way to alleviate post-baby money worries, but with proper financial planning, I can work around that and a pre-baby cruise can help me sneak in some couples bonding time with Evan and continue to strengthen our relationship prior to become full-fledged parents.)
That’s it. No overwhelming task list for 2011–just a set of guiding principles to help me enjoy this next year to the fullest.
Are you making any resolutions in 2011? Please feel free to share them!