Monday, December 29, 2014

More is More

A lot of New Year's resolutions involve less. Less weight. Less debt. Less clutter.
But for me, 2015 is going to be all about more.

1. More Exercise.
I'm shooting for 200 classes at Jazzercise next year. More sessions with Rachel at Prairie Life Fitness. And something new. Belly dancing lessons, anyone?

2. More Muscle.
Strong is the new sexy. I especially want fabulous arms and shoulders to show off in sleeveless tops this summer. More strength classes on the agenda.

3. More Food.
Healthy, fabulous, tasty food made by me. Real food with ingredients that don't sound like they came from a chemistry lab. I'm going to TRY to learn to love kale.

4. More Shoes.
No, not the kind with heels. (Although, I wouldn't mind more of those, too.) I need to be better about replacing my workout shoes more often to protect my knees.

5. More Water.
I've never been good about drinking water. Gotta work on that.

6. More Spending.
But only on something that fills a need or is truly special. I spent 2014 getting rid of junk. So this year, when I buy something new, it's got to make my heart sing. 

7. More Happiness.
I'm starting my own Happiness Project, based on the book by Gretchen Rubin. More on that later.

8. More Blogging.
Because it's fun. (See #6)

What are you planning for the new year?


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Failing Forward

So how are those 2014 resolutions coming?

It might be too late for me to lose another ten pounds, learn to speak Spanish and become an expert bread baker.

However, just because I didn’t check off everything on my list, I’m not writing off the year as a failure. In fact, when it comes to health and fitness, 2014 has been a success.

  •  I earned my Crave shirt from Jazzercise for taking 150 classes.

  • My G.I. Jane class from Prairie Life Fitness scaled walls and slogged through muddy water at the Mud Factor run.

  • I worked out at the park with Fara and the rest of the Hard Core and More  Jazzercise group. And I want to do it again next spring.

  • MOST of the time I ate a healthy diet. I tried to follow the 80/20 rule and do the right thing 80% of the time. (Well, there was that one day...)
  • My son and I teamed up to climb the wall at UNL. Yes, I made it to the top.


  • I mixed it up with Pilates Reformer class, yoga and Nia. Variety is good.
  •  I started using a stand-up desk at work. (Because sitting is the new smoking.)

All in all, it was a good year for health and fitness. And when I failed (and I did!), I tried to “fail forward” by learning from mistakes and not letting failure stop me in my tracks.

In fact, the year isn’t over yet.

So here are my resolutions for the last few weeks of 2014.

·      Move every day. Jazzercise, PLF, yoga, walks - just do it. 
·      Enjoy the holiday goodies but don’t use them as an excuse to binge
·      Drink water.

And enjoy every minute of the holidays!