You Say You Want a Resolution… (with apologies to the Beatles)

Happy New Year (a day late)!

I don’t normally make New Year’s Resolutions. I prefer to set goals to work toward, rather than making inflexible statements that leave me no wiggle room. But yesterday I was thinking about 2014 and realized I *have* to change some things. So this year is different, and here are my Resolutions:

1. In 2015, I will exercise. I would say “exercise more,” but when 2014’s exercise consisted of the rare bicycle ride and even more rare workout on the home equipment, “more” is superfluous. Almost any exercise this year will be more than what I did last year. So, since I already had my alarm set for 6:30 yesterday (I was going to go on a 4wd trail ride, but didn’t), I left it set for today. I actually got up and spent an hour on my elliptical machine this morning!

This will help me achieve two goals I have set for myself. The first one is to lose 15 pounds this year. I have *wanted* to weigh 190 for 4 or 5 years, and by late 2013 I was only about 4 pounds away. But in 2014 I *gained* 10 pounds, so now I need to really pay attention. The second goal is to be sufficiently trained for the 2015 Tour DaVita charity bicycle ride I’ve been doing since 2009. I was not ready for the 2014 ride, and I’m not letting myself be so out of shape again! The ride is about 250 miles over three days, and by golly, I WILL ride the entire distance this year!

2. In 2015, I will build my Jeep and take it on at least one trail. This is a Resolution this year, whereas last year it was a goal. But too much was out of my hands last year and I wasn’t able to make the progress I wanted to. This year will be different!

3. This one can’t really be quantified, at least not in the way that exercise and building a Jeep can be. But my third and final Resolution is this: In 2015, I will be more engaged with my world. I’ve already taken a couple of steps in this direction. First, I have been going to my 4wd club’s meetings, and a few months ago I took over as editor of the newsletter. This year I have decided to go on the club trail rides, even without the Jeep. There is almost always at least one empty seat…

Also, I have applied to volunteer with the Arizona Donor Network. The Network offered me the opportunity in a letter a couple of months ago (which I think was really their polite way of saying, Okay, we’ve been helping you adjust to Toni’s death for two years. That’s over.), and I decided to take them up on it. I have no idea what I’ll do, or how, or when, or where, but there’s an orientation class in February that I’m scheduled to attend.

“Being more engaged with my world” also includes things like a reunion for the ROTC Drill Team I was on in college (which has expanded to include all years, from 1951 – when it was founded – to this year); a motorcycle trip this summer to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Air Venture fly-in in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota; and whatever else I think I can afford. It also covers a general attitude change from 2014. Last year I was … listless, I guess is the best way to put it. I found it very easy to spend all morning and most of the afternoon at the computer, keeping up with Facebook. Because of that, I didn’t get as much accomplished around the house as I should have (little maintenance and repair projects, mostly, but some other stuff, too). So this year, by leaving my alarm set for 6:30, and getting up to exercise regularly, I will be setting myself up for a more active lifestyle – which will also help me with my weight-loss goal.

I hope you have an awesome 2015! I know I will.

4 Comments on “You Say You Want a Resolution… (with apologies to the Beatles)

  1. Hi 🙂

    My last posts about why resolutions do not work might be interesting for you…

    Rough stats about “to resolve or not to resolve” issues 🙂

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    Successful & Healthy New Year 🙂


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