I have only a few resolutions, and by few, I really do mean three. Two I carried over from previous years, so I’m adjusting them to fit my current situation, and one is new-ish.
Stay healthy. – I changed this a few years ago from “lose weight.” In 2008 I wanted to lose weight so I would have more energy to keep up with my children, who were just starting to walk. I gladly gained a lot of weight during my pregnancy, since it was common for twins to be born with low weight. I wanted to give them all the chances I could, and during my pregnancy, it worked. They were both over 4lbs, and extremely heavy for my body. But the eating habits I gained while growing them didn’t stop when they were born, and I arrived really close to the 200lb mark. It scared me. I was tired, slow, and clothes didn’t fit.
In 2011, I changed the resolution to “getting healthy”, because even losing weight didn’t mean I was healthy. I changed our eating habits, eating more locally grown, organic food. I started out exercising by walking dogs at a local shelter for an hour twice a week. That moved up to walking and pushing a stroller the three miles to Kindergarten every morning and afternoon.
In 2012, I jumped up to riding my bike pulling a double trailer on the back with my twins riding in it. At first, I walked up hills, but by summer, I was riding my bike up them. It was a great achievement. During that time I also signed myself up to run in Camp Pendleton’s Marine Corp Mud Run, so after dropping my children off at school, I’d take my puppy (sometimes my older dog) out for a run. I kept logs of my exercise, of my eating, and my goals. Currently, I live in an area that isn’t bike friendly, and I have to drive about 10 miles to get to a biking area, which always discourages me. It’s also 4,000 ft higher in altitude, which I didn’t think would bother me, but it makes running so much harder. But I continue to stick to my resolution to stay healthy.
Finish my novel. – Also an old one, one I slack on way too much, until Sept. 2014 all the way to April 2015, when I had my thesis to write and David Coe always asking me when my next chapter was going to be sent to him. I realized last year that it was the deadlines David gave me, and that I gave myself, that made the difference in my writing. So adding on to this resolution I will have deadlines for myself and time blocks set aside for my writing and only my writing.
Expand on my children’s learning. – They are smart, though neither think so. I have to remind them often that being smart in one thing doesn’t mean you have to be smart in another, nor does it mean that because one subject isn’t your best, being great at another still means you’re smart. They still don’t believe me, but I keep telling them anyway. We have been working on 4th, 5th, and 6th grade math, and I love that they keep excelling (after being taught and practicing – they’re not prodigies), but I feel like they are limited in other subjects. We talk about history, read about the presidents, events, places, good and bad, but it’s not alive for them. It’s more like fiction. We play with science, doing experiments, making messes, creating electrical currents, but their interest is only limited to what exciting thing is happening. They don’t like record keeping. So I want to visit more historical places, see where the president lives and where our countries decisions are made, visit battlegrounds, travel roads from songs and movies. I want them to use their skills, like map reading, to help up reach destinations instead of looking at places on a map we’ve never been. Education should be more fun that learning math and how to write essays. Now I just need to figure out how to afford more traveling!
I’d really like to know other people’s resolutions and whether or not you are keeping them so far. It has only been 12 days since the new year, so I hope you are.