Wednesday, January 01, 2014

I... I will begin again

My year starts in September (late August, but that's quibbling over details) and for all intents and purposes, ends in June. (Summer Vacation is not part of the year-- it is it's own time, with it's own start and end, but that is a story for another day.) There is something about New Year's Day that speaks to me, however. It's a time for reflection and for looking forward. It's a chance to reflect on past mistakes, learn from those lessons, and start again, renewed and refreshed.

I don't find it coincidental that since I started keeping my NYRs small and manageable, I have been more successful at, well, keeping them. This year I need to get more healthy: seven-ish years ago, I resolved to drink a Nalgene of water every day-- and gosh darn it if I wasn't the healthiest I'd been to that point. This year, I need to eat more fresh fruits and veggies. I eat pretty well, but I also love snacks. I don't do diets-- all it makes me want to do is eat the very things I'd just decided I couldn't eat-- but I can do choices. I can also buy fewer chips. Take that, Willpower.

I also need to start walking again. My feet are ready, and my back needs it. Legistics are an issue-- I'm crazy involved at school, and I just don't like working out in gyms. I don't think I'll ever be the get up early and walk before work type-- I barely get out of bed when nature calls, for heaven's sake. After work it's dark, and we already eat dinner at an average time of 8 PM. I don't know what I'll make work, but I have to figure something out. Even if I could get in a couple of walks per week it would be a step in the right direction. (ba-dum CHING)

So there it is: healthier snacks and walking. It sounds so simple-- but I'm not going to lie, this isn't the first year I've had those resolutions.

Here's to a happy, healthy 2014.

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