Yes, I make New Year’s resolutions.
I love to set goals and make lists and check things off. And the beginning of the year is a great time for a reset.
I take the Christmas tree down, vacuum up the pine needles and stow the bins of decorations in the basement for another year. And when the house is peaceful and serene again, I take out my brand new planner and colored felt-tip pens and go to town.
Yoga Goals! Weight loss Goals! Financial Goals!
Be more mindful!
Try a digital detox!
True, I fell short on many of the goals I set for myself last year at this time.
But I give myself credit for accomplishing a few, especially in the area of wellness.
- I started going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. The extra sleep helps me feel better and I'm more productive.
- Yoga is gradually becoming a consistent part of my routine.
- I started a meditation practice. It's a work in progress, but I think I see benefits in stress reduction and mindfulness.
I didn’t achieve the weight loss goal I set for myself in 2016 and I’m okay with that. I continue to exercise 5-6 times a week in a variety of ways, including Jazzercise Fusion, Flip Fusion and Strength classes. (Love those formats!) At Fly Fitness, the facility near my office downtown, I take barre, HIIT, spinning and yoga. It’s a good mix.
What’s the plan for 2017?
Instead of broad, sweeping resolutions, I’m going to be very specific.
And no more weight loss goals. I’m concentrating on strength and flexibility, with an emphasis on improving my diet. I also will continue to work on reducing stress and improving mindfulness.
- Build my yoga practice. It’s hard to fit in another class but I’m going to incorporate a sun salutation combination in the morning and a relaxation/flexibility routine in the evening.
- Take the meal prep class at the Wellness Kitchen on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East campus. Find easy ways to plan and prep meals on the weekends.
- Eat fish for dinner at least twice a month.
- Take the January Personal Touch class at Jazzercise.
- Find a meditation retreat or class.
- Join an accountability group.
- Try a Reiki Mushroom extract.
- Start taking fish oil and red yeast rice supplements. I’m not a big supplement fan but both of these have been shown to be good cholesterol fighters. My HDL, or “good” cholesterol is high and my LDL or “bad” cholesterol is low but my total number has been creeping up over the last two years. I’d like to bring it down.
- Go paddleboarding.
- Make seasonal goals to keep me on track.
Do you make resolutions or goals for the new year?