My 5 resolutions for getting healthy and fit in 2010

January is nearly over, so I know what you're thinking....... "it's a little late to be posting your resolutions". Maybe, maybe not. The fact is, I am not really much of a resolution maker. That is because I am really not much of a resolution keeper. Why make them if I won't follow through anyway, right? Well, this year I am doing much better than in the past. Still, I probably wouldn't have posted about resolutions if it weren't for this chance to win a copy of Your Shape featuring Jenny McCarthy!

I really didn't make any so-called resolutions. Instead, I set myself some goals. The number one goal is act my age. Now, that doesn't mean that I am immature and I need to act like a grown up. Trust me, I've got the grown up thing down. In fact, I tend to act about twice my age. At 37, I should not be groaning every time I get up off the couch! My joints shouldn't be achy and creaking all the time. I shouldn't feel like it takes too much energy to go to the mailbox! No, for me, acting my age means being younger than I feel.

Now to achieve that goal, I had to set up five smaller goals. All of them were made with the greatest of thought and care, knowing they were what I needed to do in order to become the younger me I should be.

Goal #1: Get up and move!
Sounds simple enough doesn't it? Really, it should be. And yet, I wasn't doing it. Most days I would barely move at all. Sure, I'd get up and get the kids ready and out the door to school. But, then what? I'd come home and sit. Sit and watch TV, sit and spend way too much time on the computer, sit and read. Sit! all. day. long. So, any moving at all was going to be a good change for me. This first goal is the simplest of them all, and yet it requires the most discipline on my part. I have to limit my computer time, TV time and reading time. I've actually gone through TV listings and decided one favorite show each night of the week, and limited my TV time to just those shows and the news. I've made the decision to not turn on the computer except in the mornings while the little guy is in preschool, or late at night after he is in bed. I only allow myself to sit and read after I have done some physical activity, and then limit it to an hour. After that, I need to get up and move again before I will read anymore. Moving may be as simple as cleaning the house, or it could be spending an hour de-cluttering the garage, or better yet, it could be going for a walk in the park. Get up and move!

Goal #2: Eat Better
Another tough one for me. I love fast food. L O V E it! I love the convenience. I love the taste. I love the price. My idea of the perfect dinner is hitting the dollar menu at just about any fast food joint around. It's not good for me though. I know that, but it never stopped me. When all the kids are home, I am better about cooking and not eating fast food. When it is just me and the little guy? Drive thru! I do opt for the fruit and milk for him, but for myself it is greasy fries and a big 'ol soda. So, my second goal is simply eating better. I didn't set a goal of a certain number of calories, or only healthy foods, or all natural foods. I wanted a goal I could attain. Those things are a bit higher than I can reach right now. In the future, yes. For now... I am just going with better. More home cooked meals. More fruits and veggies. Less crap. Eat better!

Goal #3: Water
Water. We all know we need it. However, with all the tasty drink options out there, it's hard to actually make yourself drink it. The crazy part of this one is, that I actually like water. When I am really thirsty, all I want is water. It has to be really, really, really cold and it has to taste pure. Those two things are my water quirks. Honestly, it's a big part of why I don't actually drink a lot of water. If I don't have ice to put in my water, I won't drink it. It tastes gross to me if it's not beyond ice cold. I say "beyond" because I actually prefer it to be so cold it is starting to freeze. Ya, I need it that cold. I can't drink it right out of the tap, and I can't drink bottled water that is right out of the cooler, because it's just not cold enough. I also have an issue with the way it tastes. I mentioned it has to taste pure. When I go to my parent's house in Florida, I can NOT drink their water. So gross! Fortunately, here the tap water doesn't have that really gross taste it does in some parts of the country. It's drinkable. I don't like it as much as I like bottled, but I can drink it if I have to. That is new though. I wouldn't before I made this goal for myself. I know I need more water, but buying a ton of bottled water is not in my budget right now. So, I adjusted my thinking to accept the tap. Of course, I freeze it first. Yep! I fill a bottle with water, stick it in the freezer and once it about half frozen, I take it out, bust up the ice by banging it on the counter, and I can drink it. I am now able to get in those "8 glasses" of water a day that my body needs. You know what? I feel much better for it. Water!

Goal #4: Exercise
This one is different from getting up and moving. This one requires strong physical exertion. Exercise is about getting my heart going, getting my blood flowing and getting the sweat pouring. I have set aside some time each day strictly for exercise. Now, I am not saying that I have managed to exercise everyday. Sometimes life gets in the way, or let's face it... sometimes I just don't feel like. But, I have exercised more days than I haven't. That is great progress for me! I did get a Wii and a Wii Fit Plus for Christmas, and for me, that makes this goal easier. I am not the type of person who wants to go to the gym. I don't like to exercise in front of a bunch of people. So, having the Wii Fit at home means I can work out with my virtual trainer and not have to worry about what I look like. Let's face it, the gym can be a fashion show for some people. I am not spending money on the cutesy workout clothes! At home, I can wear my ten year sweatpants and my baggy tshirt with the holes in it and nobody can see. This particular goal is to help me lose weight. So far, I have lost 4 pounds. Doesn't sound like much, but you have to remember that while I am eating better, I am not dieting... so some weight loss is cool with me. I have also noticed my joints are more flexible now. No more creaking. I can also get up off the couch without groaning. That is improvement folks. Exercise!

Goal #5: Get in shape mentally
This one may not sound like a way to get healthy and fit to some people. For me, it is one of the most important steps to reach that goal. One of the biggest reasons people fail at getting in shape is mental block. If you are convinced you can't do it, then you won't do it. I've lived that way for a long time now. I have told myself that I am not able to do so many things and so I don't even try. I am changing my frame of mind. I am working on becoming more positive. I am working on gaining more self confidence. At the risk of sounding corny... I am truly on a spiritual journey. I know, it's cliche. It's something I need though, and it truly is helping to put me in the right state of mind. I am facing some of the old demons in my life and finding ways to defeat them and leave them in the past where they belong. I am reaching out more to friends and family. I find the more I connect with others, the better I feel about myself. When I feel good about myself, I am more willing to do things for myself. That includes getting up and moving, chugging a big glass of water, exercising and eating better. Get in shape mentally!


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