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Reflecting on Resolutions

A group of friends and I email each other. We all met on a weight loss message board. And today, one of the girls shared our list of resolutions for 2011. Had we met them yet? And within that link was  a link to our resolutions for 2010.

The resolution I made for 2010 was made in a drunken state but involved running. I wanted to run a marathon. And complete 2010km over the year. Great resolutions until I injured myself the day after I made the resolution. I was out of commission and spent most of the year rehabbing my leg.

So for 2011, I decided on a more general resolution. I wrote:

“I am just focused on enjoying the year, making it the best I can, and staying healthy”

Did I meet this resolution? The year itself had some ups and downs. However, I ended it feeling better about myself and my life and in general knowing more about my health and how to better it.

Why do we make resolutions each year? A resolution is a firm decision to do (or not do) something. And while we can make them any time we please, it seems like the calendar gives us an opportunity for this change to start fresh. A determined amount of time. And everyone is doing it?

My resolutions for 2011 were vague for a reason. As I learned in 2010, life is what happens when you are making other plans. You plan to do something and life throws you a curveball. How many generic sayings can I use to summarize that I don’t like to feel the sense of failure that comes with something as simple as an injury that sidelines such a big goal as a New Year’s Resolution. I like to feel that sense of accomplishment.

For 2012, I have set similar goals for myself:

1. Treat my body like I want people to treat me.

2. Relax and enjoy the next year and take it all in.

At least these are the goals I will openly give myself. Secretly on the inside I have set weight goals, speed goals, work goals, life goals… however internalizing versus externalizing them gives me a sense of flexibility that writing them down doesn’t. And by meeting my more generalized goals, I will meet the secret goals.

If you have found this blog and are reading this entry, did you make a resolution for 2012? Care to share?

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