The Resolutions for 2010

This will also remain posted on a separate page so I can constantly look at them.

1. Eat Less, Move More. Bryan and I did this in 2009, and saw HUGE impacts from it.  This year, we will eat meals on salad plates instead of dinner plates to keep portions under control; we will walk the dog at LEAST once a day; and we will make smarter choices when it comes to food that we bring into the house.

2. Stop Feeding the Diet Machine. In my house, we often dissuade guilt by buying “Low Fat”, “Reduced Sugar”, or “Natural” food products.  Truth is, it doesn’t make a difference.  I read an article where a dietitian recommended eating full fat.  Whole milk, full-fat cheese, nothing called “diet”.  Because?  You’ll feel full faster, and you’ll enjoy food more.  I think we’re going to try that for a year.

3. Money.  MONEY. Bryan and I are doing SO MUCH BETTER about money, but 2009 was INCREDIBLY hard.  The economy was in the toilet, and when one income depends solely on commissions from sales?  Well, the whole house feels that pinch.  My goal is to live frugally enough to pay off ALL of our debt (excluding our house) by the end of 2010.  In fact, I’m going to do whatever necessary to have all credit cards paid and closed, the car loan paid off, and anything else taken care of.  I refuse to be a slave to money any longer.

4. Be a better pet owner.  We have a fabulous new puppy who needs to training and discipline.  We fell short with Charlie (God rest his soul) and I refuse to let that happen again.  We will be working on socialization and training this year with Beau so that he can enjoy being a dog and we can enjoy owning him.

5. Make any endeavor worth doing.  I haven’t really talked about it on here because I wasn’t sure of a timeline, but Ronda and I are starting an online venture called Southern Fried Snark.  We are SO psyched about it and we hope it becomes a regular thing because, dude, WE GET A FORUM TO SNARK!, and I’m really wanting it to be something REAL.  It’s a love of labor right now, but I just want to pour myself into it to make it successful, whatever success might be.

6. Go back to school.  I’ve been talking about doing this for years, but now?  Now I need to.  I’ve reached a place where I can’t move forward any more until I’ve got some schooling under my belt.  I haven’t figured out when or what school, but it’s gotta start this year.

7. Give $25 a month to a charity organization.  Bryan surprised me with my FAVORITE Christmas present: a donation to Operation Smile, which is a charity that I feel VERY strongly about.  I was surprised at the feelings that it brought out in me, and I think it made Bryan realize how important giving is to me.  We’re going to find $25 a month to give to various charities, and I also plan to have the boys make some blankets for Project Linus.

8. Cut myself some slack.  If I want two cookies?  I’m gonna eat ’em.  If I’m too tired to clean after work, dinner, and putting the kids down?  I’m gonna watch tv.  If I want to sleep in instead of doing a long run on a Saturday morning?  I’m going to sleep in.  I owe no one any answers, and I owe myself a LOT more slack.  I juggle a helluva lot, and I need to remember that I’m only human.

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8 Responses to The Resolutions for 2010

  1. Andrea (@shutterbitch) December 30, 2009 at 4:11 pm #

    I’m w/ ya on the money thing. This year was so hard, and we fell down big time. Picked ourselves up by signing up for one of those non-profit debt restructuring companies. Our credit cards will be paid off in 5 years as opposed to the 75 it would have taken at our ‘regular’ payment level. We’ve learned, and we’ve done it the hard way.

    1. eat more food that is more sustainable to the environment, i.e. local as much as possible, that also has the added benefit of being healthier. learn to can/preserve food so I can have a big ass garden and reap the benefits all year long. Learn to garden. Heh. But it all gets lumped into the eat a sustainable diet.

    2. run a 5K. I’ve never been a runner. Because I hated it. In high school I did any/everything I could to get out of Tuesday and Thursday run days. HATED. But w/ the help of a breast reduction and a realization that the extra weight isn’t going to eat itself (wouldn’t that be nice?) I have to actually do something. So I’ve already started running and I’m finding myself totally into it. Having a race goal makes it that much more important to me to keep it up. My brain says I can’t. I plan to tell my brain to shut the righteous fuck up.

    3. work on my mommy patience. I’m hoping w/ a better health routine, my mood won’t suck so much and my well of patience might grow. We’ll find out.

    I have done a lot of soul searching in the last few months with a candid and scary realization that I don’t have a lot of self-respect. In fact, a pile of self-loathing would be a more accurate statement, and I don’t want to be that person. Not just for my kids and husband, but for me. I think I’m finally ready to believe in myself.

    When you told me on twitter that 2010 would be my year, and I replied that I have plans for this year, I meant it. I’m not a resolutions type person, and I think having already started proves to me that I’m not just spouting the usual rhetoric I have all my life. Change is in the air.
    .-= Andrea (@shutterbitch)´s last blog ..Not So Inert Afterall =-.

  2. bessie.viola December 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    Oh, I love seeing these lists everywhere. I have mine up on my blog if you’re interested.

    We’re going to be some happy, debt-free chicas at the end of 2010! ::high five::

    Happy New Year, Sarah!
    .-= bessie.viola´s last blog ..2010 to-do list =-.

  3. Chibi Jeebs December 30, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    I love your resolutions! I may have to borrow a few myself. 🙂

  4. Delle December 30, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    You and Ronda are cracking me up, and might I say, are TOTALLY up for this challenge! I cannot wait to read the Snark. As for the resolutions, call me if you want some back-to-school mommy universities. If you are getting the paper for the pay (like all teachers;) then online schooling is a cost effective and time efficient way to go (and more accepted by the day). Hope you guys have a great new year!!

  5. Kaitlyn December 30, 2009 at 7:16 pm #

    My big accomplishment in 2009 was gaining faith in myself. My goal for 2010 is to complete a triathlon. Also maybe help coach a running club at a local high school. And to get off my butt and get my kids to church more.

  6. TheJBO December 30, 2009 at 11:32 pm #

    Max and Beau should have a play date I think. When the weather is nicer.

  7. Other Sarah January 2, 2010 at 2:04 am #

    You’re awesome Sarah. I haven’t worked mine out yet… I disagree with number two though, but only because of the saturated fat. Just sayin’. But then, I have high cholesterol so I have to be boring and think about stuff like that. 🙂


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