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Resolve to Improve

Nordic Track

Look at all the dust on that screen!  See how much I’ve used my treadmill in the past year?  I confess I wiped off the screen before I took the picture.

Many people don’t make New Year’s Resolutions.  I still do.  Every year I make several.  I make the standard ones:  lose weight, exercise more, keep the house clean.  I make the noble ones:  attend church more often, get involved with politics, contribute more to a non-profit.  Sometimes I keep them in my head and sometimes I write them on a scrap of paper that gets lost in the piles.  But each year one resolution emerges as dominant.  And every year I improve on something.

This year, spurred on by Jessie, I made the resolution to move/exercise at least 30 minutes a day.  Have I already broken it?  Yes.  But I’ve been on the treadmill 7 days out of 12 in the New Year.  And I will keep on trying to improve on that record.  Some days I don’t have the time or the energy.  But it’s a more conscious thought this year that I need to keep moving.  I’ll make some little goals along the way to keep up my motivation.  I think there is a 5k in May in our town that I would like to try.  Walk or run, I’ll make it a goal.

As for the less dominant resolutions I’ve made, the New Year is only one of the times through the year that I make the “fresh” start.  I  also do this at my birthday, around the first day of spring and again in September when Jess goes back to school.  So, this year,  instead of thinking of these times as “do-overs”, I’m going to think of them as “re-commitments”.  It’s kind of another kick in the pants to keep moving and improving.

Sometimes, it can be embarrassing for me to admit that I make resolutions.  I run into so many people who don’t or at least won’t admit it if they do.  “I don’t make them,” is often disdainfully stated when it comes up in conversation.  Then I feel a little trite and think, “Wow, they must really have it all together!”  But can a person really have such a perfect life that they don’t need to improve or reflect on anything they can do better?

So that is why I still make resolutions.  To improve.  Improve my life, my health, my attitude, my giving of self.  I will always make them because I think I would feel like I’ve given up on myself if I don’t.  I don’t think I could live like that.

Do you still make New Year’s Resolutions?  What are they?


9 thoughts on “Resolve to Improve

  1. I am in for the 5K too. I don’t make New Years resolutions because that never worked for me. I do reflect lots and sometimes that works. Sometimes I do better at things like losing weight by not thinking about it just plunging in. (I need to plunge again!.)

  2. I don’t make New Years resolutions, but I do make resolutions. It’s an ongoing process. I think of it in theological terms. Like being “saved”. Not the way I believe or was brought up. No all-at-once, one time deal for me. I don’t think of it as letting me off the hook. I do try – and do succeed sometimes.

  3. Only a few times, have I made resolutions after the New Year (I am sure I failed at them, whatever they were)….but I do make lots of resolutions at other times of the year. Still failing….but like you, I keep trying. It’s a long process. I guess that gives us lots of time to practice … to get it right!

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