Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Use It or Lose It!

It's that time of year again. Time for New Years Resolutions. Last year's resolution theme was "Git 'er Done!" I had 9 things I wanted to complete. I finished 2 of the 9 - my thesis and paying off my car. Those two were the biggest ones so I'm quite pleased. I also took steps to work on all of the other 7 (mostly craft) projects. Forward progress was made but none were actually completed. Things like a total career change and moving in with Friendster Guy kind of put a hold on those. They are still on the docket as things I need to do but they aren't worth making resolutions about at this point.

This year's theme is "Use it or Lose it." It's a stretch for some of these to fit that theme but whatever, it's more fun to have a theme with an exclamation point than just a list.

Without further ado, here's what I'd like to do in 2008. It's gonna be great! (See! Rhymes and themes and exclamation points make it that much more festive.)

1) Take part in more competitions - 5Ks, triathlons, bike rides, what have you. I read an article recently that suggested thinking like an athlete, not like an exerciser. An exerciser thinks in terms of pain and restriction whereas an athlete thinks in terms of personal records and achievement. Athletes compare themselves to the best, not the worst. The article's author, Charles Staley, said "Athletes as chasing excellence, not running from corpulence." I like that. I'd rather have a positive goal (a faster 5K finish, or lifting higher weights), than a negative I am counteracting (calories).

2) Eat more veggies. When vegetables actually make it into my house, I want to use them before I lose them to mold and wilting. I'm going to have to give myself smaller goals in order to do this. Like having veggies in at least 2 meals a day, or trying one new veggie laden recipe a week.

3) Keep purging. I now have a bunch of clothes that don't fit or I don't need because I no longer work in an office or both. I also have paperwork for old utilities and accounts I no longer have. Then there's the craft supplies, especially those I need to use to finish those projects from last year's resolutions. Use it or lose it!

4) Learn more about my new profession - i.e. anatomy and physiology, exercise science, psychology, etc... I need to keep learning and growing and working new things in for my clients. It would be helpful if when they ask me what muscle they are using I actually knew. Also, I need to get CEUs to keep my NASM certification. (Use it or lose it!)

There are a lot more things I could add to this list but for now that's it. The other things are more for a "To do" list and don't really fit the theme.

What's your theme?

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