Wednesday, February 03, 2010

a month of resolutions

I've never been one for New Year Resolutions. However, I have been needing and wanting to establish some new/good/overdue habits. Nudged by Karl who's doing a Year of Resolutions, here are things that I am striving to do on a daily basis, during the month of February:
  • write
  • meditate
  • fiber
  • exercise

Write:
This doesn't mean churning out blog posts daily, although that might be a natural side-effect. My focus here is on the two novels knocking around in my head, one half-written, the other perhaps only 10% done, both inter-related enough that I need to map them both out properly, both to prevent inconsistencies as well as to see more nodes for connections between the two. I am 0/3 so far for this, ugh.

Meditate:
I have yet to establish regular daily meditations, even though I know I would benefit greatly from this. Shooting for doing this first thing in the morning, before I wake up the computer, because once the 'puter is on and I start checking email and twitter feeds, my attention is shot and inertia is high. I think I'm at 1/3 for this, ugh.

Fiber:
Again something to shoot for in the mornings: a glass of fiber, followed by a water chaser. This gets my digestive system on track and ensures I get at least 800 mL water in me. So far I'm 3/3 for this, yay!

Exercise:
Daily! To chase away the funk, to meet new people, to just plain move, to lose weight, to feel good, and so many more reasons. There are a variety of "free" (read: already paid for in the monthly membership fee) exercise classes at the YMCA, in addition to racquetball facilities and the normal stuff like running track, weights, machines, etc. In addition, Nia classes have started! I'd be 3/3 except that today found me in a funk of sorts. Nvm, I'll allow myself a break since I'm still sore from the racquetball or weights (or both) I did on Monday.

They say that doing something for 21 days makes it a habit, so I'm working on getting the above incorporated into my routine establishing a morning routine that incorporates the above. I'll report back at the end of the month and we'll see how successful this month of resolutions has been.

In the meantime, a malaysian abroad is kicking off a Food in February theme, do drop by and check it out, k? I'd love to know how you did on the quiz :)

Image credit: MS Office clip art

4 comments:

  1. Way to go, Lynne! Glad to see friends embracing the change. I'm trying hard, too. Exercise is definitely going to be one of my resolutions, too. And I need to learn meditation.

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  2. I can't wait to hear how you do! I sometimes think I should take up meditation :) I need to calm down sometimes!

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  3. I just stumbled upon your blog and am so glad I did ~ I love your month resolutions! I'm a firm believer that resolutions can (and probably should) be made not only in the month of January. Best wishes to you on yours~

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  4. Karl> Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!

    kilax> we all could do with more inner calm, couldn't we? :) Check out this site for Chicagoland free meditation sessions, if you find the time...

    City Girl Chicago> Hey thanks for stopping by! :) And thanks for the validation & encouragement. Yup, resolutions should be made when necessary, not just at the end of the year; and proper thought & planning should go into them too.

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