Category: Resolutions

[Resolutions] – ‘Tis the Season!

There is only one more resolution left in the jar after this, and I have a feeling I remember what that last one is, but this seems very appropriate for the week before Christmas.

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Last year, I helped a friend with her Birthday Project where you complete as many random acts of kindness as the age you are turning. Fortunately, this friend is younger than I am, so we were able to complete most of them in one day. We delivered bags of essentials to a homeless shelter, brought flowers to hospital patients who hadn’t had a lot of visitors, and made cookies to drop off at the local fire station. Her birthday is tomorrow (Happy Birthday, BFF!) and she is planning on doing this once again, so I hope to be able to help out. As cheesy as it sounds, it was really nice to see people so surprised to have something nice done for them and know that you just made their day a little bit better.

If our schedules don’t line up and I can’t help out with the Birthday Project this year, I have a few other things up my sleeve. Without getting all after school special on you guys, I am really excited for this week and being able to enjoy the “reason for the season”, instead of just worrying about finishing my Christmas shopping and eating ALL. the. cookies.

Which I’m still going to do, but now this will offset some of that extra stress and calories.

[Resolutions] – It All Worked Out (get it?)

Should we start with a poll about how well you think I did this week? Who thinks I only lasted two days? How about four? Anyone think I worked out for seven straight days? You must be new here.

I didn’t do too badly actually, at least not in my opinion, but I didn’t work out for the full seven days. Take your shocked face off. Those of you that guessed four days would be correct. I felt really guilty about that the last few days (although not guilty enough to sneak in a workout apparently), but then when I put it in perspective and think that if I had made just one or two resolutions in January, I would have quit them by February, mayyyyyybe March. So the fact that I’m still trying things with three weeks left in the year is pretty awesome to me. In that sense, I would say I’m pretty happy with how this week went.

Wednesday night I went down to the gym in our apartment and used the elliptical for 30 minutes. There are no pictures because I wasn’t alone in the gym and didn’t want to look like a total freak, but I did bring my tablet with me and read a great book while I worked out, so it was enjoyable.

On Thursday I woke up early before work (an accomplishment all by itself!) and decided to check out JessicaSmithTV. I did the 20-minute toned and jiggle-free (ha!) arms video, and then the 10-minute flat abs workout. My goal was to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, so the combination of these two was perfect.

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On Friday we stayed in, made some holiday drinks, and watched a Christmas movie. I should have exercised before work again, but I didn’t plan well enough, and by 9pm it was pretty clear that it wasn’t gonna happen that day.

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I decided it would be ok to skip Friday as long as I added the 30 minutes to another day’s workout. Um…keep reading. Or, you know, don’t. Since you probably know me well enough by now.

On Saturday I plugged in the Wii and got in about 40 minutes of Just Dance. There are absolutely, definitely, without a doubt no pictures of this, but I did have fun and I have to say, it’s a damn good workout. I was sweating quite a bit. Probably could have left that last line out, but…you know, keepin’ it real.

I needed some extra motivation on Sunday so I dragged Dan with me for a walk around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights. It was very cold, but he was a good sport, and we did get to see some lights along with our breath.

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Monday I planned to work out for 60 minutes to make up for Friday, but instead I did some weird kind of exercise math and ended up working out for zero minutes? To make up for Friday?

And then Tuesday happened and….nope.

So, as you can see, my week kind of fell apart at the end, but I really am happy with the workouts that I did. Working out four days a week for someone who doesn’t usually make time for exercise at all is still a pretty good outcome. Right? Or am I just making excuses?

Because I am good at those.

[Resolutions] – Dressing Up Week 50

I knew this one was left in the jar and I have been sort of torn about what I would do if I picked it.

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I remember writing this one almost a year ago now and thinking about how I just feel so much better when I take the time to dress up and look nice. It really just changes my whole day. Am I alone here?

That being said, I usually find myself in a rush before work, and since I can get away with wearing not-so-dressy pants and equally un-dressy tops, I frequently do. I’ve even rocked a corduroy or two. Then there are the times where I don’t bother drying my hair (because I spent too much time catching up on the DVR instead) and I leave it a stringy, frizzy mess. Usually by lunch time I want to take a half-day because I feel so self-conscious that I want to shower and start over.

However, if I wear a dress to work every day for a week, people are going to think I have an interview or something weird going on. It just doesn’t happen often. This is actually the perfect work week for me to have pulled this resolution (other than one where I have the week off) because I already have to dress up Thursday and Friday for work events. The other 3 work days….well, we will call it “dressed up” if I make it there in nice pants or a skirt, straightened hair, or maybe even some curls.

The weekend might be another story entirely, as I sit here writing this in yoga pants, a sweatshirt, and wet hair…

[Resolutions] – Family Matters

I just kind of stole that title from TGIF. You won’t tell, will you?

This year, for turkey day, I drove out to my mom’s house the morning of the holiday rather than the night before. It was mostly because I didn’t want to drive in the rainy weather that would inevitably make the Mass Pike something out of a horror movie (remember this?), but it allowed me to see more of my family than I normally would. Usually I travel on Wednesday night, sleep at my mom’s, have breakfast with her, and then head out to my aunt’s on my dad’s side of the family. I usually go right back to my own apartment after that, but this year I stayed and visited at a cousin’s house and then traveled home the following morning instead. Which means I was not at the mall for any part of Black Friday, and for that, I am very thankful.

I’m working on getting some of my family together on Christmas Eve, but it’s harder now than it used to be with divorced families and everyone’s significant others multiplying the number of places we all need to be. If Christmas Eve doesn’t work out, we’ve already thrown out a few dates for a family game night at our apartment. If one of those doesn’t work, we will have to try again next month!

Thanksgiving obviously made this resolution easy for the week, but I hope to keep it going for the rest of…well, life.

p.s. Sorry there are no pictures with this post, but I somehow managed not to take any the entire time I was with family. I would throw in some random internet pictures, but I need to go work out before I change my mind.

[Resolutions] – This Could Have Gone So Much Worse

Thank gawwwwwwd this came the week AFTER Thanksgiving.

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I really didn’t think about that when I set this up. I knew that I had two weeks that involved exercise, but I figured, hey, who can’t use two weeks of exercise in a year? I never really considered that I might pick them in consecutive weeks and wouldn’t that have been a nightmare? The answer is yes, in my world, working out for 14 days straight is a nightmare. So is working out during a food coma resulting from two Thanksgiving meals. Actually, there are few times in my world where working out is NOT a nightmare, but I really feel like I could use it this week.

I kind of already did this earlier this year when I had to Work Out Every Day. Now I have to try a different work out every day. This might be somewhat of a challenge since I don’t belong to a gym anymore and can’t take classes, but we will figure something out.

Shopping is a work out, right?

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I quite like celebrating Hanukkah AND Christmas.

[Resolutions] – F.

Ok, so…

You guys probably remember that my weeks start on Wednesday and go through Tuesday. There is nothing showing on my Google calendar from Wednesday to Friday, but yet I don’t even remember what I did any of those nights. It wasn’t learning HTML though. It was probably some combination of cleaning, food shopping, internetting, cleaning, rinse, repeat.

The weekend? I don’t remember that either with the exception of Saturday night. If you were with me for any other part of it, please let me know what I did. I wasn’t drunk, I don’t have amnesia or dementia, I just….can’t remember. But I didn’t learn HTML.

Then on Monday I remembered that I only had two days left to fulfill this week’s resolution and I looked up a few things online about coding, but I think I then got distracted by searching Pinterest for Thanksgiving desserts and snacks. Side note – I’m making these:

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By Tuesday night I had already worked 3.5 hours later than usual and had to stop at the grocery store on the way home to fight the Thanksgiving crowds. It wasn’t too bad, but getting home at 7pm and then spending 25 minutes on the phone with your mom, making a veggie burger, cleaning cat litter (yay.), and catching up on emails doesn’t leave much time for learning HTML.

Oh, and then I spent over an hour researching one of these:

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I NEEEEEEED one of those. Santa, if you’re reading this, make it happen. Please. It’s like Lisa Frank for grown-ups (am I allowed to even call myself that?)

So there was no learning happening this week. I failed and got a big, fat F on this one. Resolutions were not made for holiday weeks during your busy time at work. I do think I will eventually learn this, though, because I am pretty close to being able to transfer this blog over to WordPress soon and I will need to know a few basic things in order to tweak my theme the way I want it to look.

For now, I’m just going to seriously look into parental controls on Pinterest.

Nope, not a grown up.

[Resolutions] – Family Ties

Thanksgiving is going to make this one seem simple this week, but we’ll just count that as a bonus.

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This one is hard for me sometimes because I live 100 miles away from either of my parents and all of my siblings. The majority of my family (grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins…) still lives within a half hour of each other near the town where I grew up, so they are able to get together more frequently than I am and I find myself missing out on movie nights, baseball games, birthday parties, and other smaller get-togethers.

Basically the distance means that spending time with my family involves an entire day trip planned in advance instead of a spontaneous visit, and when weekends seem to be so crazy during the summer and holiday season (which is pretty much like 3/4 of the year), it’s hard to set aside an entire day to make it out there and then try to see everyone in the short amount of time that I’m there.

I’ve tried to be better about this over the course of the year by inviting my family to breakfast or ice cream when I’m nearby, stopping to watch the Pats game with my dad, or changing plans to meet up with my sister when she came out my way recently. Every time ends up being a lot of fun, so I definitely want to make those times happen more often. I’m thinking of hosting a family game day, maybe planning a Christmas Eve meetup, or even looking into a family vacation for next year!

[Resolutions] – Wanna See My Feet?

I’m feeling only mildly pampered this week.

I did give myself that pedicure that was so desperately needed. I decided on a sort of holiday-ish plum color with gold glitter. This is about as close as I want to get to my feet to share a photo:

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Also, over the weekend this happened:

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You guys are going to owe me some serious embarrassing material after this. I mean, c’mon, feet and a face mask in one post?

I tend to use a face mask once a week, or maybe every other week, so that’s not really anything out of the ordinary and it would be a stretch to call it “pampering myself”.

I didn’t end up getting a facial, but the problem with those are that…I don’t really think I would like them. I know. Who says that? I just really don’t enjoy people touching my face, or being out in public without at least a little bit of makeup on.

I’m the same way with massages. I’ve only had one, and it took me about 31 years to even try it. I wouldn’t say it was a bad experience, but I haven’t had one since and I wouldn’t be sad if I never did it again. I find it hard to relax when I’m worrying about someone pressing too hard on my muscles or, the opposite of that, tickling me. It doesn’t even really have anything to do with the fact that it’s a stranger touching me because I don’t like them when Dan tries either. I just don’t find someone squishing on my muscles relaxing, I think it feels uncomfortable, and I would rather someone just play with my hair for 90 minutes instead. Why aren’t there any Groupon deals for that one?

So anyway, those weren’t really an option for me since who wants to be pampered by doing something that you find unappealing? I guess I will have to work on this one and find some other ways to pamper myself. For now, this is doing the trick:

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[Resolutions] – More Learning in Week 47

I feel like it might be Groundhog Day. Not yet? Well then these resolutions are definitely starting to repeat themselves.

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It seems like I already did this one, but I guess technically the resolution was to Take a Class. That was so long ago now, but I don’t know why I chose to learn a language that week if I knew that one of my resolutions was to do the same thing. Maybe I envisioned myself becoming tri-lingual by the end of the year? I’m thinking not, since spell check is saying that tri-lingual is not even a word, so clearly I haven’t even mastered English yet.

Since this one feels a bit repetitive, and I did already take an 8-week Italian class this year, I’m going to change it up a little. Instead of learning a spoken language, I’m going to be teaching myself a little bit of HTML.

It actually will be somewhat useful to me since I’m in the process of moving this blog over to WordPress. While a lot of functions are available by clicking a button, I only know some basic HTML (from my MySpace days – does anyone else remember that?) and I’ve used it a little bit to underline or position some of my text, but I’d like to learn a little more so that I can edit the layout and homepage as well.

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So that’s my goal for the week. That’s it. The end. Or should I say </blog post>?

[Resolutions] – Winter is Coming.

I never told you what I chose for my “wild” week! I meant to add it in to my post on Sunday, but…I guess this week was just too wild for my memory.

I tossed around a few ideas, but then a friend suggested doing something that involved upcoming holidays – voting day, Thanksgiving, Veteran’s Day. Since voting day was over before this week technically began, and since the city I live in didn’t have anything to vote on, I decided not to use that one.

Then I talked myself out of Thanksgiving because, frankly, I find it kind of a boring holiday. Obviously it’s nice to think about the things you’re thankful for, and I enjoy spending the time with family, but the day itself is just a lot of driving and running around for me, which makes me miss football games and prime napping opportunities – kind of essential Thanksgiving things. I also don’t like turkey. I know, WHO AM I??

I personally get much more excited for the Christmas season, but I feel like it goes in stages. There’s the “It’s starting to get cold and I love the excuse to drink hot chocolate and wear sweaters and gloves” phase that kicks off the whole season. That’s when it’s fun and exciting and magical and all that crap. Then it slowly moves into “These stores need to stop playing Christmas music so early”, quickly followed by “How am I supposed to buy everything on this list without elves and reindeer to help me?!” By the time it gets to “Next year we are skipping Christmas and going on a tropical vacation!”, I’m all done.

While I love that Christmas is a month-long (or longer these days it seems!) celebration and involves much more than just that one day of family and gifts, I want something to help me appreciate more of the “Christmas spirit” instead of the chaos. So what I chose to do for this week’s resolutions was create a new holiday tradition.

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And I used nearly every font in Microsoft Word to help me do so.

That, my friends, is my obnoxious-looking bucket list of 24 things for Dan and I to do from December 1st to Christmas Eve. Instead of stressing myself out by making it a rule to do one of these things every day, I’m going to say that there are NO rules except that by the time Christmas comes, I hope to have every one of these things checked off. The goal is mostly to just focus on and do the things that truly represent the joy of the holiday season to me.

Even though neither one of us are religious at all, Dan was brought up Jewish and celebrates Hanukkah with his family, so I felt like I should tie that in also. I’m currently on the hunt for one of these:

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I kind of feel bad that Dan gets cheated out of a real holiday “season” since Hanukkah, even with it’s eight days, doesn’t get nearly as much fanfare as Christmas. And lets be honest, does anyone really celebrate Hanukkah for eight days? Right now we don’t even acknowledge it in our apartment, other than the one menorah ornament that we own and some Star of David garland, so this will be a nice way to represent both of our holiday traditions. Also, it’s LED and I’ve found that I can’t go wrong with anything LED for Dan. Plus I just realized that he actually gets to celebrate BOTH holidays with both of our families, so essentially gets double the holiday things, and now I don’t feel badly anymore.

Also, I may have gotten excited and already knocked 2 or 3 things off of that bucket list. Once it hits 32 degrees, all bets are off and Christmas things are totally ok in my book.