Resolutions and Ramblings

Everyone always resolves to make this year a better one. I’m no different I suppose. I’ve already started the new year with a bang. I watched the ball drop, stayed up to read, and started the year with a stomachache at 2:50 a.m.

While the rest of the family drifted off to bed (hubby at 10:00 p.m. [we joke that he’s 80 instead of 60], my boys at 2:00 something and 3:00 something), I had to stay up until things settled. I took my 6:00 a.m. blood pressure pill at 5:00 a.m. and went to bed at 5:30. Sad, huh? Still I had a nice, warm, sleeping hubby to cuddle up with. Beats the cold bed I have most nights.

I was up at 8:30 to feed the cat, back to bed, then up for good at 11:36 a.m. today, and I’ve already argued with my youngest son over the trash. Yay, 2018! Off to a great start here.

Still it could be worse. Alive and breathing, right? My oldest son is out shoveling and clearing the cars so we can go visit my mother in law. At least that’s one thing I don’t have to do anymore (shoveling). Wait. Maybe diverticulitis has a positive side after all. I just have to look for the silver lining.

As for New Years resolutions, I’m not sure I made any for 2017. I usually just hope for the best. I probably resolved to sleep more, swear less, be nicer to others, and lose weight. Pretty standard fare. The only one I managed was losing weight, and the diverticulitis diet is not one I’d recommend.

For 2018 I’ll resolve to eat better. A tender tummy demands that. I’ll also resolve to move more. A dear co-worker has already said he’ll get me out walking with him at lunchtime this year. Even if we only go occasionally it’s better than what I do now. I will try to be nicer to those I love or care for. That’s a good resolution. I can’t abide most other people so I’ll resolve to just ignore them more. Less lashing out with comments under my breath or actual middle fingers in the air. I can be an adult, right?

2018 has to be better because 2017 sucked so badly. My oldest son kept asking me last evening if it had really been that bad of a year. Yes, for me, personally, the year was awful. Car accident and health decline. Those last six months of belly upheaval really overshadowed any good that might’ve been there.

2017 is gone. 2017 is done. And here’s the brave and happy face I’ll put forth in 2018.

Happy New Year, everyone.

Progress Report – Week 1

We are one week into the New Year, and I decided to look at my resolutions and see how I am doing so far.

  • Lose weight – I lost .2 pounds, and my measurements went down. While .2 pounds is a weight loss, it’s not as much as I was hoping for. I’ve logged in what I eat faithfully. I need to start switching up some of my meal choices.
  • Exercise on a daily basis – I blew this one away. Over the week, I’ve ridden my stationary bike a total of 220 minutes (over 3.5 hours) and I’ve gone 32.8 miles.
  • recumbent bike
  • Reduce stress – I’m still working on this one, but I think I made some headway this week with the exercise. I’m smiling more.
  • Take time out for myself – I’ve made progress here, too, with the exercise, and I’ve had time to read.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff – I’m working on this, too. School hasn’t started up yet, but I’ve tried hard to do this at work. I do what I can do and let the rest go.
  • Read more – I’ve been reading a lot this week. I read while exercising, at lunchtime and at bedtime.
  • Blog on a regular basis – I’ve also succeeded here. I’ve blogged something every day. I hope to keep that up.

I’d like to add one new resolution – I need to sleep more. According to webmd, “A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when people were starved of sleep, late-night snacking increased, and they were more likely to choose high-carb snacks. A second study found that sleeping too little prompts people to eat bigger portions of all foods, increasing weight gain. And in a review of 18 studies, researchers found that a lack of sleep led to increased cravings for energy-dense, high-carbohydrate foods.” When I get up in the morning and make plans to go to bed right after I get home from work, I think that’s my body/brain trying to tell me I didn’t sleep enough. Of course, I never go to bed right after work – that’s just wishful thinking. If sleeping more helps me with my losing weight, I’m all for that.

sleepAll in all, I’m pleased with how the week went. I’m moving around better than I have in ages. I hope the pounds start disappearing soon!



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Happy, Happy

newyearHappy New Year, all! As we kick off a new year with new hopes, dreams and plans, everyone looks to resolutions of what they will do differently with this clean slate of a year. Many look back to the old year and think of all the bad things that have happened and feel grateful to have made it through and happy that the old (bad) year has gone.

2014 was a good year for this family. My son found a new job, and he bought his first car. There was a new car for me as well (actually mine came first, and that gave my son the courage and desire to try to get one of his own). I graduated from college with honors, after waiting thirty-seven years to wear a cap and gown again. In sum total, 2014 was more good than bad.

resolutionsWhat will 2015 bring? It’s hard to say, but I do have a few resolutions.

  • Lose weight. I know everyone says this on January 1st, but I really do need to make this a priority in my life. I am heavier than I have ever been, and at my age carrying extra weight makes all those aches and pains worse than they should be.
  • Exercise on a daily basis. Even if it’s just a gentle walk at lunchtime or a few minutes spent pedaling my stationery bike, I need to do this at least 30 minutes per day. Getting started is the hardest part. I have arthritic knees, and the left one was injured when I fell down the stairs several years ago. The extra weight and lack of activity makes this joint stiff and sore. Moving more keeps it flexible. Exercise also reduces stress which brings me to my next resolution.
  • Reduce stress. I have taken on extra responsibilities at work. I find that the work day flies past now. There is little time to stop and think, and all of this adds to my stress level. My hairdresser observed that my hair is getting thinner on top, and her first comment was that I needed to reduce my stress level.
  • Take time out for myself. This resolution ties into resolutions 1 through 3. I need to make ME more of a concern and put me first once in a while. I spend most of my time worrying about others and their needs. If I don’t take the time to care for myself, I won’t be here to care about others. That’s the pure, honest truth of it.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff, and yes, this concerns schoolwork and homework. Do what I can do on a daily basis, and let the rest of it go. I usually do well no matter what, and I need to remember that. It’s not necessary to twist myself up over what I can’t get to. It will get finished, and sometimes “good enough” is enough. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece every time.
  • Read something every day. I enjoy reading, and not being able to get to it makes me feel like I am missing out. I need to fit it in wherever I can even if it’s just 30 minutes while pedaling my bike or 10 minutes at bedtime before I turn out the light. I also need to read what really interests me or grabs my attention right off the bat and not waste time on awful books. A recent book club selection is a prime example. I made it to page 135 and tossed in the towel. It’s okay to do that. I have so many books on my “to be read” pile, and I have hundreds of books I’ve started but didn’t like, and I keep thinking “everyone loved that – I should, too”. I need to forget about that and give the ones I didn’t like away.
  • Blog on a more regular basis. I’m on school break at the moment, and I’ve resurrected both my cats’ blog and the squirrel blog. I am also blogging here on a daily basis. I love writing. No, it’s not all first class material, but who cares? I love doing it. How can I not do something that I love? When schoolwork or the daily grind takes this away from me, I miss it!

Okay, I believe seven is enough resolutions for one year. Maybe seven will prove to be my lucky number. Perhaps I should set a reminder for yearend this year to look back at this list and see how I did with the seven items I’ve listed. I’d like to make all of them a reality, but we all know what happens to the best of intentions.

Happy New Year, everyone!


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People make New Years’ resolutions
Often seeking a new solution
Hoping to change their old ways for new
Bad habits they break and must undo
The old becomes new after awhile
To succeed they go the extra mile
Twenty-one days to replace old ways
All they do is take it day by day