Week One of 2012 – how are you doing with any resolutions/goals?

I wasn’t really on board with a massive new diet plan … although I really needed to be. The one thing that I never thought I’d ever be was fat. Well now that I’m a size 12, it’s a reality. I’m practically living in my pajamas these days. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, when actually, lounging around in some comfy j’s for at least a good part of one day on the weekend this time of year will do your soul good. I just can’t make it a lifestyle.

My friend Jonna has started a new dieter/support group for her friends and she has drafted me to take part. I’m still a “maybe,” until I can be fully committed. I don’t like to do anything half way. I still love to cook and eat a little too much, but I’m sure I will be getting real serious here… real soon. Or tossing out last years shoes won’t be the only wardrobe changes I’ll be making.

I saw a column that said,” Shop for a brand new workout outfit. Even if you don’t workout, use it as an alternative to jeans and sweaters on the weekends. If you are committed to working out more in 2011, this will help keep you motivated. Add a fresh pair of sneakers for the gym and waterproof boots when you wear it as street-wear.” I took that one to heart. I was gifted pajama jeans for my birthday in October, and I love them. I recommend them to all my friends.

Well I probably own 15 workout outfits that I don’t ever put on. I used to do yoga three or more times a week. I loved it. I have no idea why, but I just stopped completely two years ago, and gifted all of our fitness equipment, so I may start a class, as soon as I can find one close to home. I need to set a realistic goal for myself and reach it.

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Another was: I had told myself I was going to read the bible through again this year. It’s really a wonderful and rewarding experience. I’ve done it now, so many times, but it always seems new. I’m not a huge fan of some of the newer translations, but I still read them, just to gain a new perspective, but always go back to my KJV – to me it reads like poetry. That is a constant on my Resolution list – To read my bible more. I may never take that off. Reading is probably my only vice. So if I’m going to indulge, it may as well be in a really good book. I love my old Thompson Chain, but to be honest, with age, I can barely see the words anymore. I may need to get a copy for my eReader real soon; Pitiful.

That may be on my new Christmas Santa Baby list. I’m trying to keep my splurges to a minimum this year (not withstanding all of the birthday and Anniversary gifts), but I did want to add a few new things to the house. A new china pattern for one, it’s like junk food for a dish hound. (That only makes sense, if you are one). Okay, okay maybe have two vices.

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I’ve been regretting a remodeling decision that I was talked out of a few years back by my husband and late brother-in-law. If decide to do something – trust me – I’ve gone over it in my mind a thousand times, I should have never let someone tell me that’s not what I should do (resale value – like I care). A home is the way you live in it, it may not make sense to others, but I live here and it’s what should have been done. I realize that more and more everyday. So my goal is to revisit my original house plan. I may be under some serious destruction here real soon. I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

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Do you feel like your plan is solid & helpful? Have you had some rough spots already (it’s okay to admit it; anything worth doing is going to be challenging at times)? Tell us your successes &/or challenges, & get some moral support from the rest of us!

Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today’s Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday. ~ Gladys Tabor, Still Cove Journal

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