Ya know every year we sit down right before the new year and set grand plans for all the things we are going to change in our life but for most of us (including myself) do good to make it to February before we start back sliding. My biggest goal for 2007 was to lose weight & I ended up gaining 3 pounds. I know that doesn't sound like a lot but considering how hard I worked throughout the year to get it down ... well, it just sucks that I ended with a gain. I am back on weight watchers as of yesterday & I'm already taking off a few ounces which is making me feel better. I have exercise 3 days in a row which is great since I basically took the whole month of December off. I do think my body needed the break ... just not that much of a break.
So anyway ... this year I'm not making huge resolutions that I will end up bombing on ... I'm making them sweet & simple.
1. Shed 10% of my weight in 2008 ... that's only 20 pounds but I feel confident that I can do it. I'm ending 2007 at 199.6 ...
Plan of action: THIS IS NOT A DIET BUT MY NEW WAY OF LIVING LIFE.
A. get in 5 fruits & veggies a day
B. get in 30 min. of cardio no less than 5 days a week.
C. Do strength training 2 days a week
D. Drink no less than 8 cups of water a day
E. journal daily with progress reports
2. I've attempted for the last 3 years to learn a new language but I always give up on myself ... not this time!
Plan of action: CHALLENGING THE BRAIN DAILY KEEPS THE BRAIN STRONG.
A. Download Rosetta Stone
B. Decide on a language ... I'm thinking Spanish since many people in the area speak it.
C. Schedule a block of time for just me ... it will be my language time.
3. I love the fact that I have the ability & smarts to homeschool my children but lately DH & I have been questioning this choice. DH asked the kids about the preamble to the Consitution & they didn't have a clue what he was talking about. He also asked them when was Independance day ... they got the day right, but not the year. History (although I detest it) is something that is very important to know.
Plan of action: KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
A. School hours will run from 8am - 1pm now. That's an additional 2 hours
B. The kids will now have assigned reading on top of free reading
C. They will now have homework 4 days a week (who cares if they hate it)
D. They will learn a new language right along with me.
E. They will do weekly reports on assigned History themes.
I don't care if they hate me for all the additonal work they will be doing. I've lost sight of the fact that I'm not only their mother but their teacher & it is not only my job but my duty to see that they have the best education possible. Letting them talk me into easy days may be fun for all of us but in the end it will only hurt them.
What are your New Years Resolutions?