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Resolutions, A Little More Defined

So here I am, a week later, and still no resolutions. It’s not that I don’t have any; I do. I’ve just been busy with the family and I’ve been trying to sort out not only my goals for this year, but how to make these goals more concrete and achievable.

It seems that my goals and resolutions this year are very similar to my goals of previous years: get more exercise, eat better and come out at the end of this year better off financially than when the year started.  This year I’m also adding: be a more consistent blogger.

I’ve been thinking about why I never really seem to stick to my resolutions – or at least not for very long. I think it’s because I never really have a plan, I never have anything more than wistful thoughts and good intentions. I’m going to change that this year.

My first goal is to work out an exercise routine. My challenges are these: 4 kids, a busy schedule, a husband that, in addition to working a pretty regular work week, also often has evening and weekend appointments, absolutely no funds in the budget for exercise (for a gym membership, yoga classes, martial arts classes, Wii fit plus – all of which I would love!) and it’s freezing outside, so outdoor activities aren’t appealing to me right now. What I DO have is: a treadmill, a (very old) exercise bike, weights and various other small home fitness accessories, a supportive husband and exercise DVDs. My goal is 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 times a week.

How do I make this work? My biggest challenge is definitely finding the time. By the time the kids are all sleeping it’s usually 9:00 and I just have nothing left. Getting motivated at this time of day is virtually impossible for me. I’ve been thinking of getting up early to exercise, but the thought of this is just so downright exhausting and I already feel completely sleep deprived. I’m still sorting the timing out but I know this much: I have to schedule exercise into my calendar otherwise it just won’t happen; and this I’m still working on. I’d love to hear what other mums do for exercise and how it is fit into their schedules.

Details on eating better and financial goals are still to come – one thing at a time.

12 thoughts on “Resolutions, A Little More Defined

  1. Alexandra

    Oh, Cheryl; high-intensity interval training DOES work. (Take a look at all those guys in the 300 movie…they did CrossFit to get ready.) But oh em gee, what it takes…just because it is *short* does not mean it is *easy.*

  2. Liz

    I think it helps to start small and then increase from there. For instance you could start by exercising 10 minutes a day – even the busiest among us could fit that in!

  3. Amanda

    I’ve never really been able to make this work, four kids, each at different levels … any suggested activities?

  4. alexandra

    Yes! All kinds of Pilates things are kid-friendly. And Therabands!

    All the physical therapy I’m doing now for my blown-out knee is with my kids: I am doing squats, lunges, and other ball exercises and hamstring stretches (with a Theraband). My kids position my stuff for me, or do it with me — they have their own smaller Pilates balls. 🙂

    There are many different meanings for the word “exercise” and many dimensions of physical fitness: strength, endurance, flexibility, speed, coordination, power, agility, balance, accuracy, stamina…and the exercise you do will determine which of these dimensions you develop.

  5. alexandra

    Yes! All kinds of Pilates things are kid-friendly. And Therabands!

    All the physical therapy I’m doing now for my blown-out knee is with my kids: I am doing squats, lunges, and other ball exercises and hamstring stretches (with a Theraband). My kids position my stuff for me, or do it with me — they have their own smaller Pilates balls. 🙂

    There are many different meanings for the word “exercise” and many dimensions of physical fitness: strength, endurance, flexibility, speed, coordination, power, agility, balance, accuracy, stamina…and the exercise you do will determine which of these dimensions you develop.

  6. Cheryl

    I have the same resolutions — exercise.

    Ugh… I only made it to one yoga class. Then my daughter caught the flu, then I caught it and now it’s just too cold for me to even want to head outside and drive somewhere where they torture me. LOL.

    Hope your track record is better than mine!

  7. Krysten

    Why don’t you try the beaches rec center…it’s really cheap (36 bucks for 3 months) from 915 till 1015 when the kids are at school and if you have to bring M they have a great little daycare there that is really cheap (2 bucks a visit and cheaper if you buy a punch card). The classes are really awsome and are on Mon, Weds and Fri and it’s all Moms and grandmoms…I love it!!!!

    Hope that gives you some ideas!!!! Love your blog by the way:)