On a side note, Ali's OLW post has 880+ comments (!). WOW. I can't even imagine.
I was trying to figure out a theme for this year to guide my overall goals, rather than make (and break) specific resolutions. As I mentioned in my last post, I thought of the word 'LESS'. I need to simplify things - our house clutter, our schedules, projects, acquiring less "stuff". I also need to weigh less. Like, a lot less. So I thought that would be a good word.
But after reading Andrea's post about being careful what word you choose, for what it invites into your life, I thought LESS might be too negative. Or at least, open the door to negative things, like less money, less friendship, less fun. Yikes! Nobody wants that.
(And I'm telling you, I believe in the juju Andrea talks about, after taking her class!)
But SIMPLIFY doesn't quite describe what I want either, since I'm not simplifying my weight. I thought a little more and came up with REDUCE. That seems more conscious, like I'm getting rid of stuff I don't need, but still keeping what's important.
It also has that nice eco-friendly vibe, as in "Reduce Reuse Recycle", which thanks to Jack Johnson, I am now singing his cover of "3 is a Magic Number" from Schoolhouse Rock. Random, I know.
|borrowed from wychavon.gov.uk recycling page|
Yesterday I had a chat with Amy Kubal, one of the Whole 9 folks. She's an R.D. who focuses on Paleo eating. She's written up a plan for me, including some simple (short!) exercise I can do at home. It's been 3 years since I went to the gym (!) and I haven't done much exercise at all since I got pregnant with T. The eating plan will be focused around how to get set up once a week to make sure I've got enough food to get us through the whole week. (TJ says the problem boils down to buying 6 days' worth of food every week - the 7th day is when it all goes bad.)
But obviously, where the rubber meets the road is whether I actually *stick* to the plan. That's the hard part. I feel cautiously optimistic, given past history. But I know I do better on a Paleo diet - I FEEL better, I sleep better, and I'm NEVER ravenously hungry. If I could just get a handle on stocking the house and cooking ahead of time, I'd WIN. (Tips appreciated!)
So what's your word or theme for the year? If you blog about it, leave me a link in the comments! I love reading other peoples' goals and resolutions.