When the New Year rolled around, I made a few guidelines for 2013. I’m not very good at keeping resolutions – the word itself implies that to keep it, you must not break it at all. But I know that I’m likely to fall of the wagon and have to climb back on again and again – so the guidelines are a little more general, and allow for a few slip-ups here and there.
From my New Year’s guidelines post:
I wanted to make a few guidelines for 2013, so I can prioritize my time, energy, and money.
1. Travel more, even to local destinations.
2. Improve my fitness so when I get the chance to climb to Machu Picchu one day, my fitness level won’t hold me back.
3. Waste less time. If I want to watch my favorite TV shows, I should at least be folding laundry or crocheting at the same time. The shows do not require 100% concentration.
Well, I’ve definitely made some progress on these so far!
1. Travel more.
I’ll be traveling to Nashville in two weeks for a sorority event, and I can’t wait! I booked a car rental for my time there, so beyond the fixed itinerary for the event, I’ll find a few hours here and there to visit downtown Nashville. Hopefully I can find some places with excellent live music on Saturday night – any suggestions?
My husband recently gave two weeks’ notice for one of his two jobs, so soon he’ll only be working 42 hours per week instead of 62+ hours per week. We’ll have much more time to go on short weekend trips after he is done with his second job – I’ve been after him to get his passport photo taken so we can go to Niagara Falls if the opportunity presents itself!
2. Improve my fitness.
I knew I needed outside help to get me out of my fitness slump, so I took the plunge and hired a personal trainer at the gym. I meet with him once per week, and he sends me through a series of exercises that will help me to tone up my muscles.
I can easily convince myself to do cardio on the elliptical or the spin bikes, but I’ve always had a hard time with the strength training exercises. I need someone who will not care if I hate a certain exercise (prone leg curls and lunges, I’m looking at you!) and will make me do it anyway.
When I signed up for the training sessions, they asked a bunch of standard questions about things like how dedicated I will be to working out, what bad health habits I had that I wanted to change, and what my motivation for this change was. I’ve printed out a picture of Machu Picchu and keep it in my gym bag. Every time I go to the gym, I see it, and my goal, and it keeps me motivated.
So as I write this, I’m sitting in our comfy recliner complaining about how sore my muscles are. I had a freebie session on Thursday, and now on Sunday, 3 days later, my arms have finally stopped hurting. But yesterday, on Saturday, I had my first real 25 minute session, and my legs are hating me for it today.
I can’t wait until I get past the point where it hurts to walk after a session – I’ve gone through this intial phase before and I know it does get easier. Since I had to sign a year-long contract for training (once per week for the first 6 months, once every two weeks for the second 6 months), and I hate wasting money, I’m stuck going to training for the next year!
3. Waste less time.
This one has been the easiest to overcome. In fact, I just input all of the tax information we’ve received so far while watching a couple episodes of Dr. Who! The other day, I spent 2 1/2 episodes of Dr. Who folding laundry (yes, we had let that much clean laundry pile up unfolded). And I’ve also watched a few travel shows (ancient Mysteries: Canals of Venice, National Geographic: Through the Lens, and Modern Marvels: Eiffel Tower) while writing blog posts.
So far, I’ve made some pretty good progress! I want to post on this once per month between the 20th and the 30th so that I can keep myself accountable (to myself). So far, so good!