Monday, January 07, 2008

Resolving After All

New Year's Eve was a rockin' time, as you can see by the lovely jammies we donned the minute I got home from work at 5:30pm.

R was quite insistent that we had to make New Year's resolutions and put them up on the fridge, the better to keep ourselves on track. So, here are the family's pledges for 2008:


Only pet Princess the right way
Keep my chair upright at the table
Always use a tissue or napkin instead of my sleeve
Get up right away when called in the morning


Use good manners at the table
Keep my chair or barstool upright
Do my chores every day
Get more exercise
Take Princess on longer walks
Eat more vegetables
Learn to ride my bike


Take at least one picture every day in 2008
From spring to fall, ride my “outside” bike at least once a week
Eat less sugar – abstain from dessert four times a week
Finish 2 multi-picture frames and hang them
Take golf lessons and play golf at least three times
Sort recipes and discard at least half of them


Exercise daily
Do back exercises daily
Drink less soda

Hmmm..somehow my dh got away with only making three. R's are quite ambitious, but so far she's doing well. We put a change jar in the dining room and if someone keeps a resolution that day, he or she gets to put a coin in the jar. Then we'll do something fun with the money next December.

My eating has been quite uneven lately, but I haven't binged for several weeks. I haven't even overeaten at many meals, though I've eaten far too many sweets (I think you may have heard that from me before). Hence, my NY resolution. I've only gone two days with no sweets so far, but those two days weren't awful at all.

Unfortunately, my exercise has been spotty at best. Besides walking the dog, I think I've only exercised four or five times in the past three weeks. Now that the kids' vacation is over, I will be back on track tomorrow. I still have resisted the urge to weigh myself, but if anything, I've gained a few pounds since thanksgiving. All of my life has been a cycle of suddenly getting the "willpower" to lose weight, losing weight very quickly, maintaining the loss anywhere from a month to 18 months, bingeing back up to starting weight or beyond, maintaining the higher weight for the most part, and then starting all over again with the weight loss. Right now I'm in the "maintaining the higher weight" part (though it's been a slow upward creep for the past year or more). Every time I think of trying to lose weight, I feel defeated before I start. The idea of all that sacrifice...ugh. Then I look at this picture....

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