Revisiting Resolutions

April 1, 2009

Well, it is April. That makes it about three months since many of us discussed the things we were planning to improve on or achieve in this new year.

I think traditionally the expectation is that resolutions are forgotten by about March. This always seemed to be the trend when I worked in the gym. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that resolutions were forgotten AND spring break was over since I was usually working on a college campus. (i.e. no urgent need to look good in a bikini once spring break is over)

The last week or so, I’ve had my resolutions on my mind. I chose some that I really wanted to stick with this year. They were not my typical lose 10 lbs, eat more veggies, but these were things that I really care about and felt motivated (still do) to accomplish.

Let’s see how I’m doing. Thanks for holding me accountable, by the way.

Stay in the moment. It is going to be a busy year for us and I don’t want to get distracted looking ahead to the next step all the time. I want to remember to enjoy the present.

Um…I’m going to have to go with so-so on this. Among my resolutions I think this has been the hardest one. I have to admit I’m enjoying what I can in Brazil, but I also can’t wait to move back to the States and the adventures I will have again there as well. Note to self: I definitely need to work harder at staying in the moment.

Improve my running ability.

I’m proud to say that this one gets a check. I’ve been sticking with my program since mid-January without giving up. I’m planning to get in a 5K in May (I haven’t done one since we moved to Brazil in 07) and am looking at longer distances later in the year. Also, if you are a runner I’m looking into this event in Kentucky in October – The Bourbon Chase. I’m trying to form a team so if you are interested and located nearby or want to consider traveling in, let me know.

Get away from standard gym workouts and increase my exercise variety. I am taking squash racquets back to Brazil with us and I want to do more hiking.

Half check. My husband and I have been playing squash on the weekends and I love it. However, Saturday morning is our only option since the gym is closed Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. So I have to admit that things can get in the way of our weekly meetings such as waiting for the Internet repair go to show up like last weekend. The hiking hasn’t been accomplished, but that is to come. This is something that will be much more accessible later this fall when we make our move back to the US.

Explore the option of getting back into teaching group exercise. Pilates and yoga instruction are starting to appeal to me more.

I’m still exploring ideas and I’m pretty sure I will get back into teaching later this fall. I just can’t progress with any certifications until then, but I am researching my options.

Expand my web writing and get an article in a print publication this year.

I’m getting there with this one. The book that I mentioned which will be a compilation of ideas from previous blog posts for Charity Mile focusing on planning fitness events will certainly be a print publication, but I had magazines in mind when I wrote this resolution. This month I will be focused on developing more article ideas and queries. My goal is a print pub by the end of July. I’ll let you know.

Your turn.

Do you still have your resolutions in the back of your mind? Which ones have you accomplished and which are you still working on?

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  • VeggieGirl April 1, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Good luck with your resolutions!! Mine is just to continue getting stronger, and so far it’s working 🙂

  • Erica April 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Great idea to review your resolutions! I never really set any. I guess the closest thing I have is my clean eating and I’m doing well so far!

  • 5 Star Foodie April 1, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    It is a good idea to review your resolutions. I’m doing ok with my resolutions, e.g. got back into regular reading (when I started my blog I was too absorbed in that activity but now balancing well).

  • Tangled Noodle April 1, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    You’ve done great! I feel that I’ve done pretty well with my resolutions although they are still works in progress. I also resolved to try and get my writing out in the broader publishing world – I sent out something recently and hope to receive a reply in the next 2 weeks.

    This quarterly review is a great idea! I look forward to the next re-assessment. 😎

  • Heather April 1, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    good job on your resolutions progress 🙂

  • lauren April 2, 2009 at 8:31 am

    good job on your resolutions!
    thinking about it – i didnt make any this year except to finally check some of my house improvements off the list. So far, so good – I am getting a stained glass transom designed for above my door and am SO excited about it. Next up – clean up the basement.

  • Maria April 2, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Glad you are going strong. Great to review every once in awhile.

  • laura April 2, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Congrats on your progress and kudos to you for being brave enough to share. My resolution was similar to yours for staying in the moment, and I find I need all the reminders I can get 🙂

  • Michelle @ Find Your Balance Health April 2, 2009 at 10:16 am

    I think the best part of your progress is the willingness to evaluate your progress! Goals and life change, but mindfulness keeps you on track wherever you are. Good work!

  • Sarah Herman April 2, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Congrats and good luck on your rsolutions! I am working on mine, so far so good!

  • Jennifer April 2, 2009 at 11:14 am

    That’s so funny, I am in the same mode right now! I kind of slacked off a little and then when you realize its already April, its like where did the time go?

    I am taking each day and focusing on each day at a time. Slow, and steady wins the race!

  • Sapuche April 2, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Ah, I agree: a great idea to revisit one’s resolutions. I’ve sort of “conveniently forgotten” mine. I’ve succeeded with some things (i.e., exercise six times a week, cook nearly every day) but not with others (i.e., revise a novel and work on a new one, establish myself as a freelancer, wean myself as much as possible off the Internet). It’s good to be asked to reconsider my resolutions, as I otherwise wouldn’t have until around December 29th. Good luck with yours! It sounds like you’ve done well so far.

  • The Happy Runner April 2, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    It looks like you are doing GREAT! I’ve already revised my resolutions a bit, and I’m OK with that. I made some new ones to replace ones that I dropped 🙂

  • lesley April 3, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Wonderful resolutions!

    I especially can relate to the staying in the moment one. I always try to keep doing that myself, and it’s harder than it seems.

  • Lori April 3, 2009 at 10:52 am

    VeggieGirl – Thanks! I’m glad to hear yours are going well.

    Erica – Your clean eating is definitely a great one!

    5 Star – Glad to hear you are getting back into something you enjoy. I find it difficult to balance my reading with my web work as well.

    Tangled Noodle – How exciting! Your writing always impresses me. I’m sure you will have no problem reaching your publication goal. You have a unique way of hooking the reader in.

    Heather – Thanks!

    lauren – Very cool! Home improvements are a big one. Good luck with that basement. 😉

    Maria – Yeah, I think it is good to keep them in the back of you mind and consider progress.

    laura – Life’s distractions really does make it difficult. It is a challenge I have to re-evaluate daily.

    Michelle – For sure. Mindfulness is such an important topic for me and I don’t always master it, but always keep trying. 🙂

    Sarah – Thanks! Great to hear.

    Jennifer – I know what you mean. Last year there were some I completely let slip by and this year I want to stay more aware.

    Sapuche – Oh, I know. Dec 29 rolls around and sometimes I think wow, why did I even set any last year. I completely forgot about them!

    Happy Runner – I’m definitely one for revising. Sometimes the year doesn’t go exactly as planned. Flexibility is a good trait. 🙂

    Lesley – It is much harder than it seems. I guess if it were easier there would be no use making it a resolution. Ha, ha!

  • Mindy April 6, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Lori, I’m not a runner, but I’ll be back in KY starting in July, so I could cheer you on! 😉

  • Lori April 8, 2009 at 4:20 am

    Mindy – Ha, ha! Thank. I may take you up on that if it works out. We should look at meeting up when we both get back Stateside.