I fell asleep at the dinner table last night. A combination of my first day back at work after vacation, a restless night's sleep, and negative temperatures, I was just exhausted. All resolutions were a bust... except one. I didn't blog, I didn't work out, I didn't wait 2 hours after eating before going to bed (really blew that one!), I didn't even floss- and that's the easy one!
I got to thinking what is the point of all these resolutions? Sure, the mass quantities of baked goods I consumed in the last month could have been used to build a gingerbread skyscraper, so I do understand all of those health resolutions. I also came to realize that there needs to be a point where one can take stock of what is important and January 1 is just as good a time as any. And I reluctantly admit that it's okay to start a new diet on a Tuesday. That being said, an anniversary is a fine time to take another look at your marriage and a birthday is a good time to look at your parenting.
But there's something about the word "resolutions" that bothers me. It's so serious, so easily ruined. Maybe I just lack resolve.
Nora has been calling them "revolutions" which I like better. Maybe if my life revolved around these goals, I'd do better with them. Wait! Goals?! Now, that's a better word. As a teacher, we're always (always) asked to come up with goals. I can wrap my head around "goals." Then, I read this article about setting goals vs resolutions which really made me rethink this whole resolution business should be approached: S.M.A.R.T. Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevent, and Timely.
So, I've revamped my resolutions.
* Loose 10% by the first day of Spring
* Mend for 15 minutes per day until the giant box is empty
* Stick to the cleaning schedule and take Sundays off
* Get my CDA
* Go to bed before 11:00 (this is the one that I actually did yesterday!)
* Read, read, read! A book a week... at least.
* Floss every day.
There's plenty more that I want to do this year, but they're those wishy-washy "resolution" types, and I'm not going to get bogged down with things that I feel I must do. This is a fine start.
Much more exciting than goal-setting (and speaking of revolutions) is the film release of Les Miserables. I've seen it twice: once last year and once this year... or twice in one week depending on how you look at it! Yes, it really is that good.
If you do go, here are the rules: do NOT eat popcorn, bring tissues, share with those around you after "On My Own", clap at the end.
Oh, and yes, that is "Borat" as Thenardier.