Monday, June 20, 2011

Half-Year Resolutions 2011

Can it really be June 20th?  The last three months just shot by for me.  Imagine me standing with my frazzled pigtails sticking straight back instead of down where they're supposed to be.  That's how I feel like I look right now.  If I listed all the tasks I completed in April, May, and so far in June you'd be amazed and bewildered. And me...I'd barf just thinking about it.  So I'll spare you (and me).  I was just thinking today that I need some of that New Year's Resolution kind of gumption to refuel my jets and get me through the rest of this year.  The kind of stuff that fills you up with energy and helps you make it through each day with a sense of purpose and hope.  (No, I don't mean Starbucks, but that is exactly where I went in my mind as I re-read this!) My idea here is that if I revisit the goals I made back in the new year, I can push a sort of reset/reload button and start again now.  Instead of Christmas in July, it's New Year's in June! So here we go.  Tonight I'm re-evaluating and reflecting.  Then maybe in a few days I'll try to restart by recommitting myself to the old ones and by making a few new ones.  You should do the same and let me know if you're as on or off track as me.  It'll be fun and very enlightening.

Resolution 1-  Support and Encourage
     This one started out rough, but at this point in the year, I'm feeling much better about it.  I've made some really good new and meaningful friendships, and strengthened some old ones, but I feel like I've suffered some losses, as well.  I guess you can't win 'em all.  That's easy to say, but hard as heck to swallow.

Resolution 2-  Eat Right For My Type
     I really rocked this one!  This is the most amazing healthy eating plan ever.  I have totally changed the way that I eat and I feel better than ever.  My joints don't ache, my skin is healthier, I rarely feel bloated or stuffed after meals, and to top it all off, I've lost 20 pounds!  So easy.  So simple.  Especially if you have the great iphone app that includes all of the food lists and recipes.  I HIGHLY recommend this book!  Go get it NOW.

Resolution 3-  Get Organized
  Not so much.  HELP!  I need to plan a function at my house to give myself a deadline.  Something.

Resolution 4-  Create
     I am in desperate need of some creating, but will probably have to wait until camp in September to get my fix.  Em and I talked about painting today, but we decided to swim instead.  At the end of the day when I put her in bed she suddenly started crying and said," We didn't paint!"  I felt exactly the same way.

Resolution 5-  Lose the Addiction
   I did great with this one for the first couple of months.  But then it got hot outside...REALLY hot, and I can't make a frappacino at home.  This is a problem.  I had the cappucino thing down to where I actually preferred the one I made at home over the one at Starbucks.  Now I'm back to the drive thru.  I'm surprised they even ask me what I want when they hear my pitiful addicted voice ordering.  "Can I please have a grande coffee frappucino with soy, no whipped?"  The only thing that throws them is every OTHER day when I ask for what I think is THE BEST summer drink ever...the amazing Mocha Coconut Frappucino!!!  It's like a pina colada with a tan.  One taste and I'm watching the sun set, sipping a virgin pina colada at the poolside bar at Holiday Inn Emerald Bay in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Richard Marx, "Right Here Waiting" girls.  Can you hear it?  Anyway...addicted again.

Resolution 6-  Make Yoga a Lifestyle
     Welcome to my newest addiction...YOGA.  I have never, and I mean never, liked exercising.  When I said I enjoyed running way back when, what I meant to say was I loved being outside.  The running part was only tolerated so I could be outside.  I started doing yoga regularly at the beginning of the year based on what the Eat Right for Your Type book told me I should do.  Well, I fell in love.  It has changed my body and it doesn't kill me to do it.  I am stronger and I can actually feel that core thing they always talk about.  I discovered I too have abs.  Really.  You can take it with you wherever you go and it's something you can do for the rest of your life. easy, so simple.  Where have you been all my life?

There it is.  The good, the bad, and the ugly.  What do your resolutions look like at six months old?


  1. do you do yoga solo or in a class? i do a class, but can't always find the time nor the motivation to do it alone, but i adore it's effects!

  2. I do a class during the school year that I adore, and alone wherever and whenever I can. I find I enjoy the collective spirit and added motivation of participating in the class, but practicing yoga alone really fills me up spiritually and grounds me in every way. The bottom line...I'll take it however I can get it.

    When I practice at home, I try to do it outside. I have a porch right outside of my bedroom where I have a beautiful view of the hills and the peaceful noise of running water in the creek near our house. I also took my mat on a work trip last month and set up near a lake on the ranch where I work. I watched turtles sunning, deer drinking from the lake, clouds rolling by, and the sun settling down behind giant palm trees. I felt so small under the big wide open sky, but so strong inside and good right down to my core. For me, that says it all about how yoga makes me feel. I love it.

    Let's do a yoga retreat together some time!

  3. oh, that's awesome, Lisa! thanks for the tips! When you do it outside, do you go from memory of the classes you've taken? or do you use an app or online video? Sorry to be so nitty gritty on the details, but I've got such a lack of imagination sometimes...

    a yoga retreat would be awesome!!

  4. I do go from memory as much as possible and basically do anything and everything I can recall. All you really need to remember though are sun salutations. You can get a great workout and stretch by repeating sun salutations. This is my fall back. For new ideas I love Dashama's YouTube yoga videos. She is awesome!