So, I had major plans for the new year as far as getting healthy again. Seriously. Last year I lost 15 pounds in the first month of running - then I let myself go and gain 20 pounds back on. I think it was a combination of my first year of teaching and the lack of time I felt I had. Priorities though, right? Oh, also - I like food.
So, for Christmas Clint bought me rollerblades. I was a kid again and exercise sounded fun. I took my kids down to the running path and we had a fabulous time. Me on my rollerblades, and the kids on their bikes. There is a hill down to the running path and the first time I went down I felt like I was going to fall, but I didn't. The road is not smooth and I was hauling down pretty darn fast. Fast forward to a few days later - the actual day of my new life with exercise involved and we were going as a family down to the running path. I was afraid to go down, so I asked Clint to help me. He was trying to get me down by having me hold onto his bike, but my daughter Lili was also in rollerblades and she needed help too. So, stubborn me - I decided to just go for it.
That was pretty much the worst decision I could have made. I knew I would fall - I was scared of the hill and it was a dumb decision to do it on my own. But, the ironic thing is that the butt that I am trying to trim down is the thing that saved me during the fall. I hit down hard, I am still wearing a bruise and it was a week and a half ago. I can laugh about it now, but it was a lesson that I guess I needed to learn. So, I will be running. I am happy to say that I will rollerblade, but I will drive down the hill and put my rollerblades on when I am there. Also, I have gone running two days in a row. I couldn't feel better.
So, my goals this year are simple enough. They are the goals that I make for myself every year, but I am hoping I will do better. I want to exercise. I want to eat healthy. I want to read more. I want to spend each moment I can with my husband and children. I want to quilt better. I want to choose to be happy and optimistic. It's funny how easy it is to let yourself be drug down by all negative crap in the world - so, to help with that - I took my news apps off my phone. When I need words of encouragement (like everyday), I will read scripture.
I realize that 2014 was an amazing year, but I am hoping that 2015 will be even better and I will be a healthier me. I wish you all the best as you are making your goals for the new year.