Friday, December 28, 2007

Thinking about New Years...

I'm pretty tired today. All this celebrating, eating, visiting, and drinking glasses of wine at night are weighing heavy on me at the moment.

So not a bad thing at all… just a richer lifestyle than the traditional "day to day" that I usually go through, I'm tired in a good way. And, in a lazy way! I haven't worked out at all since the Monday after Thanksgiving. I can't even stand myself anymore. Which of course got me started thinking of my New Years Resolutions for this coming year.

So, as I was in the shower this morning (where is where I get to do all my good thinking!) I started thinking about what changes I'd like to make for this year. There aren't any really; I don't want to change anything so much as I want to continue where I've left off. For an example, here's a short list of what was crossing my mind this morning:

1. Hit the gym again, hard. So - I did great last year with running, yoga and raquetball. It's funny how I worked out so hard all year just to let it go to waste at the holidays! It's probably not going to be that tough to bounce back in January really, but psychologically it does a number on you to stop. So I'm really looking forward to Tuesday of next week to hit the gym after work. And while I didn't get to do last year's goal of a 10K, I'm thinking that….

1.a Runing a 10k is going to be an achievable goal this year.
1b. 108 Sun Salutations is going to happen at least once this year.
1c. Lose 5-7 lbs. Not a huge amount -- and 5 of it will fall right off once I start running again. I think a lot of it is water weight anyway from all the salt in the foods I've been eating lately.

1d. Trying a cleanse. Not a colonic type cleanse - gross. But a dietary cleanse. It's in one of my yoga journals and it just sounds like I'd feel all fresh and happy afterwards. It's liquids based, with fresh vegatables and fruits. Not such a bad way to start off the year, no? Hardest part: no coffee. I think I can handle it for 5 days.

2. Reorganize. I know that I could be better organized in the "hidden" places. Stop holding onto things that I really don't need anymore…things in my buffet side server, or the top of my closet. Maybe find a better way to organize my containers and the like. I do know that I am going to be reorganzing my dishes and glasses -- and I'm treating myself to all new dishware and flatware, courtesy of William Sonoma on New Years Day. Nothing like starting the resolutions on the first day of the year, right?

3. Find more patience with my daughter. I love, love, love my daughter. (naturally). But she's a very headstrong and independent little girl and I find that I haven't quite figured out the best way to counter that. But I will…and 2008 will be the year it happens. It might end up being a combination of my tweakings - and her growing up that does the trick, but it will happen.

4. Make time again for reading. It's funny, after reading "The Kite Runner", all other books have fallen short and I've been disinterested. If anyone has suggestions, please feel free to share them -- I like intelligent reading, not so much the girly type stuff -- and biographies are great as well. Political books are always good choices! I'd like to get back to reading one book a month, and maybe even trying to start up a book club.

5. Managing my time better and spend time with friends. Especially with the possibilities of a new business this year -- that will afford me more time overall, but until that happens, I need to be available to my friends. Life is busy, we're all hectic and crazy -- but I miss my girlfriends. Life cycles, and we all have different things going on -- and I’m sure we'll all meet on the same page once again, but for now, if I can do a little bit more -- I'll feel better about it.

And those were the Top 5 I thought of this morning. I'm sure I'll have more to come, but these I think are my top priorities for the year.


McSwain said...

Sounds like a great list! Let me know if you get any good book suggestions--I'm trying to find something decent to read myself.

Thomas said...

I'm about have way through Cormac McCarthy's "The Road". So far it is an excellent read, although I would have to say it is a very dark book with a story that gives one perspective. Here is the NY Times write up on it:

As always, I enjoy reading your blog entries. Great stuff!

Rebecca said...

Hi Thomas -
Thank you for the recommendation AND the comment! I don't often have time to view the blog comments until later because I can't see them from work anymore - so it's nice to look back and see nice things written. :) Thanks!