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New Year’s Resolutions to Last

It’s the second week of January and I’m still working out my New Year’s resolutions.  It’s never taken me so long to prep and lay out a plan, but then again, by this time I’ve usually stopped trying to stick to my resolutions.  This time I want them to stick so instead of looking at them as resolutions, I’m approaching this as a lifestyle change.  It’s not going to be easy but anything worth having never is.  Here’s my plan…

1.  Keep Running.  I got really into running last year and ran my first 10K.  Soon after I completed the run I developed Hip Bursitis due to pronating.  After physical therapy and getting inserts for my sneakers on getting my legs back.  This year, if all goes well with my hip I’d like to run a half-marathon.

2.  CoreBody Reformer.  Ever since  having the baby, my tummy has not been the same.  I’ll admit, I haven’t been the best at doing ab work and cardio is not enough.  When I came across the CoreBody Reformer in a magazine I had to try it.  I should be receiving a sample soon and I can’t wait to try this because it’s a cross between pilates, dance and yoga – three of my favorite fitness activities.

3.  Food Journal.  I’m a pretty healthy eater but I have a sweet (and savory) tooth and sometimes I can’t resist the call of a See’s Scotchmallow or Trader Joe’s Baked Jalapeno Cheese Crunchies.  Somehow, no matter how healthy I eat I always manage to squeeze in something that I probably shouldn’t be eating.  To keep myself on track, I’m going to write down everything I eat – that way by seeing things on paper, my Catholic guilt will kick in and hopefully the cravings will get less frequent.

4.  Cleanse & Detox.  Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine has a 21 day cleanse that I’m going to try.  The first week you can eat/drink fruits and veggies, the second week you can add in lean protein and the third week you can add in gluten-free grains and eggs.  It’s not going to be easy by any means but I think it will be great for my body to reboot and kick off a new appetite for healthier eating.

5.  Clarity & Focus.  With healthy eating and exercise I also want to exercise my mind.  With cleaner living I think that my thoughts will become clearer and I can work on achieving my goals, being a better person and living a better life.

I’ll be keeping an online weekly diary to let you know how I’m doing and feel free to join me!  Wish me luck :)

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