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‘Tis the Season

Yes, it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions. Probably the most blogged about event each year, is my guess.  Somehow if we put them out there for all to see, then we are held more accountable. So, yeah, I’m going to do the same thing.

A couple of years ago, I made the resolution to not get involved in any political discussions/posts on Facebook. I kept that resolution and continued it last year. Keeping it again. Just makes for a happier me.

The first resolution I thought of was to stop rolling my eyes. I think I’ve already broken that one.

Resolution #2 – stop asking Tom, “What are you thinking?” He thinks it is a loaded question, and I’ll admit that it used to be. He was supposed to be thinking about an argument we just had. He was supposed to be thinking about how much he loves me. Now, honestly, I’ve been using it as a springboard to start a conversation.  What I didn’t realize was that sometimes he’s not thinking about anything! I’m not sure how that is possible, because my mind runs a mile a minute. I’ve always got a song in my head (Right now, it’s Adele’s Someone Like You, in case you were wondering, and I know you were) or thinking about what I have left to do today. It’s always something. But the question bugs Tom, so I think I can give that up. I’m telling you and I told him, so let’s see if I can work on that one.

Resolution #3 – The three E’s: Exercise more often (like more than once a month), Eat better/less (got to quit eating cookies for breakfast), and entertain more (makes me keep the house clean). Yeah, this jumbo resolution is kind of a good ol’ standby, but I’m not holding my breath. I did do an exercise routine this morning that just about killed me. It was quick and I found it on Pinterest, but it involved jumping jacks, and my body was all, “What the heck are you trying to pull? I’m not used to being tossed around like this!” But, the important thing is I tried something.

Resolution #4 – blog more often. I guess. Now that I use Facebook, I don’t seem to have as much to write about. I’m not sure why that is, really. It’s not like I usually blog about what I am doing (or not doing) each day. But, sometimes my thoughts can be summed up in a sentence or two, and then I don’t feel like writing a whole blog.

Hmmm, that’s what I’m thinking about…and, yes, Adele is still singing in my brain.

Who ARE You?

That is what my body is saying today.

This weekend was so wonderful and surprisingly filled with events that could be considered “exercise.”  I KNOW!  I can’t believe it myself!  And, I know my body is in shock.

Thursday night, I walked two miles up to the free movie that Wildwood has once a month.  Karen and Tom were already there, so I met them.  The movie was “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D.”  Pretty funny, even though it wasn’t supposed to be.  But, hey, it was free.

Friday, I walked another two miles.  I have found my motivation.  I got a book from the library for my .mp3 player, and I won’t let myself listen unless I’m exercising.  I love the book and I love the exercise.  (Especially since it is unseasonably cool here.)

On Saturday, the family went on a walk up to the Farmer’s Market at Wildwood Town Center, then hit Dierberg’s, then walked to Mobil on the Run for quarter drinks.  (Thanks, Cardinals!)  This had to be at least a 7 mile trek.  (Those of you that run marathons are probably laughing your heads off.  But, for me, it was a big deal.)  It felt soooo good!  Tom even said, “Man, you were bookin’ it!”  I laughed and said, “I only know one speed.  If you are going faster than me, I can’t catch up.  If you are going slower, I’m thinking, “C’mon!  Hurry up!”  At least that’s how I am with longer distances.  Not a stroll around the park.  I can go slower.  🙂

On Sunday, after church there was a BBQ planned at a member’s farm.  They planned a bike ride on the Katy Trail beforehand.  And, no, I did not ride my bike.  My bike has a nasty, hard, misshaped seat.  I can’t ride it for long at all.  But, I did go to the farm, had a nice meal, then played volleyball.  I was sweating, I was playing so hard!  Again, it felt soooo good.  (Especially since all but one serve went over the net, thank you very much.)  I have a bruise on my wrist from playing, but it was worth it.  A war wound, I guess.

Monday, I went for a walk.  Today, I’ll go for another walk.  I’m hoping that soon not only will my body be thinking, “Seriously.  Who ARE you?”  but, I will be able to look at my body and think the same thing.

Not as Easy as It Looks

On my walk today, I tried to walk without moving my arms, ala Molly Shannon’s character on “Seinfeld.”  I was surprised at how difficult it was.  I remember a couple of friends in college (guys) that thought I was swinging my arms way too much.  Who knows.  Maybe I do.  But, walking without swinging them was so awkward. 

Plus, I couldn’t do it without laughing.  So, I would have been given questionable looks for two reasons:  no swinging and laughing when no one else is around.  Oh, and I was playing air drums at the time.  Okay.  Maybe I’m getting questionable looks regardless…

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