It's always a wild party at our house...
But now I think I'm ready to commit. I've known for a while that I need to start taking better care of my health. I have a bad habit of thinking that because I'm not overweight per se (this doesn't mean I couldn't still stand to lose a few pounds), that I'm perfectly healthy. But if you took a good look at what goes into my mouth at any point on any given day, or how much time I spend on the couch or in front of the computer, you'd know that there are certainly improvements to be made.
I'm keeping it general again this year because I think there are a lot of areas that define "health". I do need to eat more vegetables and less meat. I do need to get off my backside and exercise every day. But I also need to make conscious decisions in other areas that benefit my health. Let me give you an example.
Last month, my wonderful neighbour gave me a gift certificate for a facial and a massage at a local spa. The whole experience was amazingly relaxing, and mentally healthy in ways I hadn't ever considered before (barring the part at the end where I was offered 2oz of eye cream for the low, low price of $110. What the heck was in that bottle? The elixir of life?!! I avoided more eye wrinkles by refraining from laughing too hard. Much cheaper.). And so, relaxed and loosened-up, I got in my car and drove directly to...Wal Mart. Talk about undoing all that relaxing goodness! I never walk out of that place without a headache. And why? Because I can save 8 cents on each can of beans I buy. Frugal? Maybe. Healthy? I think not.
I already know that when I stay out of the city, I spend less. Almost everything I need can be bought online or here in town, without using up a tank of gas or being sucked in by the allure of a completely unnecessary clothing section at the grocery store. But more importantly, when I stay out of the city, I avoid the traffic and the crowds and the rush, rush, rush, and I have more time to focus on the things I love. Reading, crafting, cooking, and hanging around with my kids.
I guess it'll also give me more time to exercise and get those 8 cups of water I need a day. But that doesn't sound nearly as fun.
So, my resolution for 2012 is to get healthy, in whatever ways that might manifest itself. It may have taken half a month for my brain to catch up, but now I'm ready and raring to go.
Bring it on, 2012!