Running with AndersI am not one to normally “do” resolutions – so let’s call these behavior changes I have decided to make, starting totally coincidentally tomorrow, on what turns out to be the first day of the year.

I’m also not “deciding” to be a better person, parent, or partner. Let’s be real people – I’m doing the best I can. But instead, these decisions are designed to help me do everything a little better because, if all goes according to plan, I’ll be feeling better and the other stuff about being a better person, partner, and parent will follow.

Ready? Here they are.

More Sleep. Less Stupid Stuff at Night.
I try to cram too many “things” into the hours between when my kids go to bed, and when I finally turn in. Which means I’ve been going to sleep later and later. Last night I stayed up until nearly midnight because I “had” to watch the final scene of Sixteen Candles where Samantha blows off her drug-addled sister’s wedding reception to hang out with Jake Ryan, a boy she doesn’t know anything about except that he is really, really pretty.

Yes, watching this movie as a mother is a totally different experience. But I still got chills when the music started, and then they kissed over the birthday cake.

So, in 2014, I’m going to go to bed earlier with LIGHTS OUT at 10 pm.

More Water. Less Wine/Beer.
The run up to the holidays has been fun – but I’m feeling a bit dried out. I could blame it on the weather (baby, it’s cold outside), but I suspect the wine, beer and other holiday-related beverages have something to do with this situation. Starting tomorrow, we’re replacing the cocktails with sparkling water – Pelligrino with lime in a wine glass feels festive, but leaves me without a headache in the morning.

More exercise.
Oh how I have fallen off the treadmill. Or, to be more specific, I haven’t really gotten on the treadmill because I hate it, hate it, hate it. Almost two weeks ago I had a glorious 8 mile run outside, but the weather isn’t going to cooperate and the Disney Princess Half Marathon is looming. So it’s time to suck it up and get my butt to the gym – twice a week.

That’s it. Those are my big three decisions which happen to be occurring at the first of the year. I’m committing to these three things for the next month with the ultimate goal of making them habits. I may even start tonight by skipping the ball drop and going to bed early.

I can’t say that I’ll be skipping the wine.

What resolutions decisions will you make for 2014?


One Response to Don’t call them resolutions

  1. Catherine says:

    I don’t do resolutions either and I have been on an amazing journey of weight loss and getting in shape that has completely fallen by the wayside since November. I feel so slow and out of sorts! I need to get back on track!!!!! My plan is to be in the bst shape of my adult life for my 40th birthday