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.
What do you have on your resolution list?