New Year’s Resolutions: Add Yours Here!

January 1st is here. What's your New Year's Resolution?

I’ve had a bit of fun with resolutions this week.  It’s basically a national pastime to make them, mock them, or ignore them with a sense of superiority.  The odds are against you keeping one; most of us have failed by Valentine’s Day, but I do them anyway.  I like the idea of pointing myself in the right direction and seeing how far I get.  And I don’t consider them failures, I consider them adjustments.

Some Guidelines

If you’d like to join me, please do!  Some quick guidelines first.  Set realistic goals, nothing too big or too lengthy.  Small steps that move you toward a larger goal are ideal.  Be passionate about your goal! Don’t just do what your friends are doing, only make a goal if you are passionate about achieving it.  Set deadlines to your goals, don’t leave them open-ended.

My New Year’s Resolutions

I’d like to meditate twice a week. I’m doing once a week now and I’ve been pretty faithful to it.  I’d like to add one more day a week with the goal of eventually getting into a daily practice.  If I can do twice a week for all of January, I’ll be happy.

I’d like to lose 10 pounds. A lot of stresses have resolved themselves this year, and when I’m stressed I eat more and move less so the weight has crept on.  I’ve already gotten a few pounds off, but I’d like to get back to my happy weight which is 10 pounds less than I currently weigh.  I’m shooting for St. Patrick’s Day and I’ll celebrate in traditional Beantown style with a glass of green beer and some corned beef and cabbage.  I’ve got a plan to do this: cardio five times per week, Pilates twice per week, and a lot of cooking at home and brown bagging lunches so I can control what I’m eating.

Finish My eBook. I’ve got an outline done and a draft started.  I’d like to finish my ebook soon!  It’s a top blogging priority for 2011.  I’m hoping to have it done by January 15th!  A lofty but doable goal.  I’ve got my schedule mapped out so I have time to finish it.

Those are my goals.  I’ll have two reached this month if I do them and one will carry through to March.  This seems very doable to me.  What are yours?  What would you like to try to achieve?  Think big and cut it down into bite-size chunks.   Feel free to check out my snarky New Year’s resolutions too.

Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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8 Responses to New Year’s Resolutions: Add Yours Here!

  1. Diane December 29, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Those are great goals :-)And I like that you’ve made them measureable. I see a lot of ‘I’d like to … more’ and it’s just a recipe for failure!

    My top goal is to re-start my yoga practice. I used to do a lot, but we have no space at the new flat, and I kind of got caught up in the Pilates this year as well. I feel like it’s something I need in my life though. Measureable? How about, I’m going to make it to the Friday class at my local place three times each month at least.

    My only other fitness related goal (you wanna hear the knitting ones? ;-)) is to get my shoulder sorted out. I know what I have to do, it’s just a matter of sticking to a strengthening routine. I have to be ready for my advanced training course in May – so that’s my no. 2!

    I do tend to set small goals for myself all the time, but I also find that the New Year is a great way to kick off starting to form new habits. I kind of think of it like ’2011 will be my year of…’ Last year it was food – we used to eat a lot of packet stuff and ready meals, and I cracked last January and decided I was going to sort that out. We now eat from scratch about 90% of the time, and I know exactly what’s in our food – and I can choose the best quality ingredients.

  2. Lisa Johnson December 29, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    Diane, excellent goals and yes, feel free to share your knitting ones too. :-)

  3. Beth December 29, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    Hi Lisa,

    My goals are:

    Do some kind of exercise (anything) for at least 15 minutes each day. I’m hoping that will lead to more, but I’m starting with a goal I’m sure I can manage.

    In addition, do your Celebrity Arms 2x per week.

    Plan meals for each week so I’m more likely to make better food choices.

  4. Tara Burner December 29, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    One of mine is to get certified in Holy Yoga…and I’m already signed up, start Jan 6th! will be certified in May :)

    another is to get my actual print book completed. It’s almost there…just waiting on book cover design and it’ll be done! Had hoped for it to be done by Jan 20(my bday) so pushing for cover design to get completed by then!

    and Lisa, enjoy the meditation! :)

    and totally knowing you can lose 10 lbs…stress will do it to us but you can and will lose it! :)

  5. Lisa Johnson December 29, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    Yay Beth, I’m a big fan of the celebrity arm series, I still do it myself all the time. Tara thanks for the words of encouragement, some big stresses coming off my plate this week! I can’t wait for them to be over.

    Lisa

  6. Lisa December 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    I don’t make resolutions but I do have some goals:
    1. Lose 5 pounds.
    2. Do yoga more often (especially with my running injury).
    3. Not stress so much.
    4. Travel.
    5. Hopefully run a Half!

  7. Lisa Johnson December 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

    Lisa those are all excellent goals :-) glad you liked my snarky post too. ;-)

  8. Susan December 29, 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    I want to lose 10 lbs, too. But this has been my goal for the last 3 years :-). Luckily, I don’t gain any weight.
    I know I have to eat better, so that’s the goal – eating more healthfully in 2011!

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