Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Lets Call Them "Improvements"......

Personally, I do not like the word, "resolution". Although one definition of the word is: the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, ect. My definition is: failure. If I make a resolution, I typically do not keep it. Therefore I've decided through the years that I need to make "improvements".

So what, you may ask, are my improvements for this new year?

First and foremost, I want to give more attention to my children at bedtime. Quiet honestly, I hit the "I'm done" stage around 7:30. My husband is really good at spending time with them in the evenings, so It's not like they're neglected. My son is 10, my daughter 9. Pretty soon they'll be busy with social lives and they'll be too cool for Mom - I need to spend every moment I can get with them. So, my game plan is to start spending 15 min laying in bed with each of them every night so we can talk about whatever may come up.

My husband. I need to spend more time with him. Starting a new business consumes all his time, life consumes all mine. We need to spend more time relating as husband and wife not just as mother/father, business owner/sounding board.... My game plan here, to have at least two date nights a month.

Two years ago we started Sunday family days. We would do an activity during the day, and then have our family meeting at night. During our meetings we discuss the good and bad things that happened during the week, our upcoming week's schedule, and any other family issues that need to be discussed, then typically we would end our day with a board game. Over the past few months our family day has become any other day, and our family meetings are rushed. Game plan: Sunday's will once again become our family day - they will be restored to the priority they were when we first started them.

What new year wouldn't be complete with out "self improvement" changes??!! I intend to get the holiday weight off by eating better, exercising consistently. Except for the sugar cravings, this is an easy one to get back into the swing of things (especially once the kids are back at school next week). There is a change to the exercise game plan however: Instead of running a quick two miles after my Wed and Fri classes, I will run at least three. Mon and Thurs are my "run" days, I will run at least five miles both those days, and add Tues into the mix, running at least three miles. This will bring my weekly miles logged to at least 19 miles. I would like to get back up to at least 25 miles a week. I also plan on throwing in a few more days of strength training. I would love to have really toned arms, shoulders and back.

I could go on, and maybe I will in another post, because, why do I need to decided on all the changes at once? After all, Isn't life all about continual self improvement???


  1. I like the use of the word "improvement." Little things like that can make a big difference. For instance, I've never considered my change in eating habits as a "diet" and in fact I've come to loathe that word. A "diet" suggests that it is temporary and that you can go off it at any point. I don't even use the word "diet" and instead refer to my "meal plan" when talking about foods that I incorporate - for example, I'll tell people that my "meal plan" consists of lots of fruits such as apples.

    Love the "improvements" themselves as well. You're about five years ahead of me in terms of where my own girls are so that's something I have to look forward to, family Sundays, meetings and board games. That sounds like a great way to spend a night. Right now, all my girls do is crawl on me and follow me around the house... it'll be nice to have the chance to interact with them in another way... any other way...

  2. I banned the word diet as well. I like to say that I'm eating better, healthier, making smarter choices... whatever, just not dieting. Besides, my motto is everything in moderation, and dieting seems too restrictive.