I don’t really “do” New Years’ Resolutions. I certainly don’t try to remake myself every year with the “It’s a New Year, and a New You!” gimmicks that are out there. I do like to take some time at the New Year and my birthday (which are six months apart) to evaluate how things are going and set new goals for myself. I haven’t done much of that in the last couple of years since everything has felt so chaotic. This year, though, is a little different.
I have been working with my counselor for almost a year to help manage my life and my headaches. We worked through a workbook on chronic pain which was very useful to help me learn to manage expectations while living with pain. Now, she and I are working on diet and exercise issues.
I have been overweight for most of my adult life, but it was mostly an annoyance until about three years ago when I gained even more weight because of some medication changes. Unfortunately, the weight didn’t come off when the medications were stopped because I have become something of a couch potato. I never liked exercise much before, but I have been less active than usual over the last three years, partly because of headaches.
My counselor and I are now working to get me to exercising as much as possible for my situation in life. Mr. Math Tutor and I got a family membership at a local health club. The kids will get to swim there as well. So far, I have been very good about walking on the treadmill at home. My trainer at the health club wants me to do weight training three times a week. I think that’s optimistic, but I’m going to give it a try. I’m also looking forward to doing some cross-country skiing this winter.
I am also reading Never Say Diet and the Never Say Diet Fitness Planner by Chantel Hobbs by Waterbrook Press. I will be doing a full review and giveaway in the next few weeks. In the meantime, I have enjoyed Hobbs’ candid writing about her struggles with healthy eating and exercise.
From Chantel Hobbs’ website, I came across sparkpeople.com. This is a website that allows you to keep track of eating and exercise for free. I really like the interface. They have preset diet and exercise plans or you can just keep track of your own plan.
I don’t like to make big resolutions, but prefer to set reasonable short-term goals. For the next two weeks, my goals are to eat a healthy breakfast (not a big problem for me), exercise every day that I don’t have a debilitating migraine, and keep track of my eating and exercise.
I don’t have any desire to have a “new me”. Frankly, I’m pretty happy with who God made me. I do hope, though, to work on some of these smaller goals to get to a healthier me. Do you do New Years’ Resolutions? What are they? How are you going to meet them?