New Year's Resolutions for 2002: To have lost 20 lbs. by this same time next year. If I am pregnant, the goal will be to weigh no more than I do now.
New Year's Resolution for 2003: Realistic resolution is to exercise the majority of days out of each week this year. Unrealistic resolution is to look like Faith Hill by the end of the year.
New Year's Resolutions for 2004: To be accountable to my Accountability Chain*. Meaning, to do daily exercise every day for each 30-day period with the allowance for 4 days off in that time period. And, to be in bed with lights out by 11:00 PM Sundays - Thursdays (Fridays & Saturdays are "open nights").
* 'Visuals' help me, so each month I made a paper chain (just like you did each Christmas as a kid) and hung it in the kitchen doorway. As I completed each day of exercise, I got to shorten the chain by one paper link. DON'T ask me how many (i.e. FEW) paper chains I made that year.
New Year's Resolutions for 2005: To write one old-fashioned, hand-written (is preferred, but typed is OK) letter each month. To make better use of my time. To make one new recipe each month.
New Year's Resolutions for 2006, 2007, & 2008: Who knows? Undoubtedly some version of both the above and below.
New Year's Resolutions for 2009:
- To stop swearing . . . at least in front of my parents.
- To return telephone calls and e-mails . . . in a timely fashion. There are currently 18 messages on the voice mail awaiting my attention, and 1,674 e-mails in my Inbox (already read but) needing responses*.
- Another task I ALWAYS want to be better at is getting ALL the Christmas cards out in time (I have N-E-V-E-R gotten them ALL out before Christmas) . . . but it seems silly to make a resolution that I can hardly even start working on for another 10 months, you know?**
- Then, I'm back to those too-generalized / all-encompassing ones that are in the back of my mind year-round like being more organized, taking better care of the dogs & cat, and being a better farmer.
** Ha. I completely gave UP this year and didn't send a single one!
Tomorrow . . . THIS year's resolutions!