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2011 New Year’s Resolutions

I always bask in the feeling of a dawning year; it’s quite similar to the beginning of a new semester… a brand new notebook, each page waiting to be written on with brand new pens. A clean back-pack that will be a silent, dependable partner during classes and late-night study sessions. Books without scuffs or folds in the pages or highlighting, full of wondrous knowledge to struggle with, memorize, and conquer. And grades—or reflection—on all that I have learned.

This year in the school of life, I’m going to take two classes: Reaching a Healthy Lifestyle (once I’ve passed, I can take Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle) and Strengthening Self-control.

Course Objectives: Reaching Healthy Lifestyle

By the end of this course, the student will

  • run 3 to 4 times a week (and it makes me feel so good!)
  • really like to eat healthy food, and will only eat unhealthy food in moderate portions.
  • consistently sleep 8 hours a night, and wake up feeling refreshed and ready for a productive, focused day.

I am unhappy with my current weight or BMI, but don’t worry. This isn’t going to be another “Lose weight!” resolution. I don’t diet—never have—and I’m not starting this year. Instead, my goal is to take meaningful baby steps towards living a healthy lifestyle, instead of diving into a diet that no one could maintain forever. My focus is on being fit and making nutritional and exercise choices that put me on a track for the future I want to enjoy with my husband, my family, and my friends, and that future requires a healthy me! To spice things up a bit, Rob and I are having a little Mueller Household competition to see who can lose the most… I’ll keep you posted on my path to victory. ;)

Running regularly will be my biggest obstacle this year. I’m really good at finding reasons not to run: weather, work, exhaustion, “other.” But we’ve got a Y membership (cold/hot weather problem solved). I know that running in the morning is best for me. So if I can meet the sleeping objective, it will make meeting the regular running objective that much easier…

Course Objectives: Strengthening Self-Control

By the end of this course, the student will

  • spend money purposefully, so that we can travel and save.
  • use lists and project planning to manage responsibilities.
  • work during work time, so that I can truly enjoy off time.

As far as self-control goes, I struggle daily with keeping myself on task, as well as with spending. Unfortunately, the former makes me, by definition, a lazy procrastinator and the latter a spendaholic. I can say that I am now a recovering spendaholic, but that means that the urge is still there every time I see something shiny that I simply need to have. I’ve set some specific goals that will help me say no to meaningless crap that I want to buy, but I’m not posting them here, and I’m sure you understand.

One of my biggest focus problems is that I often don’t know the next action I need to take, so I put off just starting to work; I can’t see those proverbial trees for that proverbial forest and get overwhelmed. Making lists and planning projects out will help me overcome that gridlock.

Finally, because I work from home, I am tempted to schedule appointments and lunch dates and errands and chores whenever, but this year, I am going to be intentional about my time. I will have work hours during which time I behave as if I am at the office. I’m going to be strict with myself about this, so hold me to it, dear readers. :) I’m expecting this to be my most difficult objective in this class, and I’ve got some strategies to best it, but if you’ve got any tips, be sure to share them in the comments!

So what are your goals for this year in the school of life? Do we have any in common? Which do you know that you will struggle with the most? And how are you planning to overcome those difficulties and pass the class with flying colors?

One thought on “2011 New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Daniel

    12 Jan on 2011 at 8:59

    I totally forgot to make any new years resolutions until I read this! I will let you know if I come up with any tips,