I’m not much of a fan of New Years resolutions normally but I do have a few things in mind this year. I’ve already made a start on all of them which makes me feel more comfortable talking about it because I figure I’ve avoided the New Years resolution jinx, you know, the one where anything you resolve to start in the new year is guaranteed to have fallen by the wayside within a week at best.
So, first up is my shiny sink (FlyLady code for a clean and tidy kitchen) . It’s been shiny for a week so far and it’s such a nice thing to wake up to a pristine kitchen…even if the rest of the house is still in a state of chaos. I’m not going to make grand plans to have everything else under control in some hopelessly optimistic time frame, instead I resolve merely to maintain the shiny sink. If other things start falling into place then well and good, and if not, well, at least the kitchen will be functional.
Next is the “shiny sink” for downstairs – the laundry. I have, at present, no mountain of clean washing waiting to be folded and only 2 (I think) loads of washing waiting to be done, one of which is swimming stuff from today. I have been folding as I go for a change instead of dumping it all in a big pile to do later and then spending the next week or so doing archaeological digs in search of matching socks every morning. I rather like knowing where all my clothes are and the kids are able to dress themselves without me being involved at all – YAY!
Last is my fitness. I’m sick of feeling like I’m encumbered with a body that doesn’t really feel like mine. I want to feel at home in my skin, be strong, fit and able. In the past I’ve fallen into the trap of thinking that if only I lose the weight everything will start to feel right. I’m coming to the realisation that that is nonsense. It’s all part of the Fantasy of Being Thin – as Kate Harding puts it – and it makes you put off doing the things you want to “until”. Well, bugger that! I’m going to start doing stuff now, what may or may not happen with my weight is another matter entirely. Hence the bike buying. Also, for the last week, I’ve been getting up and doing weight training every other morning, and I have that lovely “oh yep, those muscles have been working” feeling all over. Today I added my first cardio workout to the mix, I swam pretty much non-stop for just over 30 minutes, I went slow and there was a lot more breaststroke than freestyle but it’s a start. Mostly I plan on getting back on the treadmill but while the weather allows I’ll get in a pool when I can. So, there you have it, 30 minutes every day minimum, alternating cardio and weights, and we’ll see where it goes from there.
On a lighter note, we got fortune cookies at our friends’ New Years party last night. I’m rather taken with mine.
“Confucius say: if you think we’re going to sum up your whole life on this little bit of paper, you’re crazy.”
Happy New Year everyone 🙂