• Tracey English

New Year = New Goals = New Opportunities


I may be in the minority, but I absolutely LOVE the idea of New Year's Resolutions. I really do. I'm not "in it to win it" or anything. I'm not in it to lose those "damn pounds that won't come off" in some attempt to improve my self esteem. Im not in it to torture myself into doing something I don't like only to say I did it.

Those aren't the kind of resolutions Im talking about. But I'll get to that later.

Right now, I'm looking around my house - on my birthday (44 years young, baby!) and it's a mess. A bonafide, all out, cluttered, messy, holiday-filled MESS. And that is so unlike me. Just ask my kids. I drive them insane with how neat I am. "Please pick this up...Take this into the kitchen...wipe that down...straighten that a little...Don't leave that there." Seriously, I drive them crazy but what can I say? It's how I'm wired. (I blame my mom...sorry, mom!) :)

But at this time of year, after the planning and the shopping and the cooking and the hosting and the eating (oh, the eating!!), I relish in the s-l-o-w-i-n-g down of everything, and that includes me worrying about laundry or clean dishes or picking up. I just let things be. It's so refreshing (for me and the kids).

This year, I even took this week off from training - so Im really, really taking some time to slow down.

And with this slower time comes the opportunity to think about the next year. What DO I want to accomplish? What challenges would take me out of my comfort zone and help me grow? What do I enjoy doing, once I make it an active part of my life? THOSE are the things I look forward to doing. THOSE are the resolutions that are fun to make.

Ways to be better to myself? Well this year, I am committing to incorporate yoga BACK into my wellness program. Years ago, I probably took 3 classes/week, but life got in the way and I stopped. It intimidates me to jump back in, but I loved it when I did it.

This year, I am also committed to completing 2-3 more tris throughout the year. Not major races, but rather, the mini tris I enjoy so much. It keeps me on the bike, it gets me back in the pool (I love to swim) and it does get me running - but just a little (not my fave activity but a necessity if doing tris).

Other commitments I'm making?

** Volunteer more. Any organizations need some help? Call me! :)

** Start writing more again. Another pasttime that I love but has gotten away from me.

** Continue reading (duh. No brainer there)

** Reaching out to friends more - I am a homebody by nature, so I don't often get together with friends because, well, pjs and a good book win almost every time. But I should reach out more. So I will. So there you have it. My resolutions make me happy & geared up for a great 2018. I don't understand all the negative hype surrounding New Year's Resolutions. Why not strive for more? What's wrong with making new commitments at the start of the new year?

And while I'm on the subject of new commitments and new years - I have a request. If you are already a gym-goer and are tempted to get annoyed by all the newbies coming in the door - stop. Just stop. It's not just your gym. They have every right to be there. Everyone starts somewhere. You did too. So get off the high horse and be welcoming, be friendly, be motivating. Be someone those newbies can look up to.

Got it? If you find that to be a challenge for you, perhaps one of your resolutions can be to change your attitude for these people who just want to reach their goals too.

SMOOCH!!!

Happy New Year to everyone! And all the best in health! Tracey


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