Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Resolution 2012

Usually, that week between Christmas and the new year, I figure out my new year's resolution. This time, it's taken a little longer for it to come into focus. Maybe this picture taken at 11:50 PM on December 31st will give you an idea of why 2012 has started off at such a sluggish pace around here:

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!

11 comments:

Victoria said...

The happy faces on the photo made me think about my New Year. It was pretty much the same thing in my home: me - waiting for the midnight and watching an old movie, my husband sleepily browsing internet. our son of 2 happily sleeping, preparing to get up at 6 AM and give us an early start into 2012. Fun, fun, fun!

Unfortunately for my wallet, my mental health plan involve visits to the clothes stores. If I want to be realistic in my new year resolution, I can't ban those visits. So I just modestly decide to "limit" them. What's the definition of "limit" - it's an open question so far.

Happy New year to you and your family and let's stick to our resolutions, shall we?

Janine said...

Get healthy I say and eat more beans!!
Happy New Year Wendy! Sorry I didn't get cards out this year. My husband's Mom passed away in November and it has been a busy time getting all her affairs in order!

Granny Bob said...

Great resolution! You can do it! Mind you do look pretty healthy now. peaceful looking men in the picture.

Jane said...

Getting healthy, in all it's manifestations, is always a great resolution!!
My husband refuses to shop at Walmart - he says his time and sanity are worth more than a few dollars off the bill. I go early in the morning - before 9 am it's actually quite pleasant :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Go for it!

GLENDA BROOKS said...

I say get healthy girl! Good luck with it too. Love the photo!

Linda said...

Sounds like a plan you can do! I love those.

LaelShine said...

I love that photo. That is so my life:)

In Real Life said...

I think that is a great resolution. I admire your resolution technique, I loved your one last year too! I'm so behind this year, I can't believe it's already the middle of January!

Michelle said...

I hope it's been a good year so far! I haven't even started my resolutions yet! I think they'll be February resolutions. ;)

BragonDorn said...

That picture is priceless! :) The little boy looks so happy :P