I am not a fan of making resolutions that will go unmet in a couple of months time. Having said that, the beginning of a new year just feels full of promise and opportunities. A new year means a chance at a fresh start. It’s a blank slate. 

I always want to lose weight, visions of emaciated me float around in my head from time to time but even at my most self loathing I know that this isn’t healthy or realistic. Last year I was actually able to meet some of my health goals. They quickly slipped away and left me back to where I started but for most of the year I made some of the changes I wanted to make. It felt really good to hold myself accountable. 

Right now, I feel really close to nailing down Diego’s night time sleep. He’s sleeping through the night more often and when he wakes up he is putting himself back to sleep most of the time. I know that it’s only a matter of time before he will be sleeping so well that I will once again know what it feels like to get a good night’s sleep. 

Lack of sleep slows your metabolism and makes you more likely to eat garbage. This has been true for me. Before Diego’s sleep took a dive I was eating right, exercising a lot, and feeling great. When things got rough in that department it affected everything. 

Here’s what I would like to accomplish in this new year:

1. Find activities for Diego to meet and interact with other kids. I’ve already marked my calendar with a story time group at our local library. 

2. Write blog posts more often. 

3. Sort and organize my photos. Make a few albums and photo books. 

4. Eat more veggies. 

5. Plan a week worth of meals every Sunday, 

6. Collect my favorite recipes and finally use that recipe box that sits empty and collecting dust. 

7. Read more.

8. Be more positive. Silence any nasty body talk. If I don’t love my body how can I expect my son to not have unrealistic expectations of what women should look like?

9. Give up soda. – this one is going to be difficult for me. I love Diet Coke but it’s bad for me and full of chemicals that I shouldn’t be ingesting. 

10. Eat out less. In order to instill good eating habits we have to live them, as a family. 

These are my ten goals. I might post weekly blog posts on my progress with these. Maybe I will call them Achievement Wednesdays. We’ll see. 

Happy 2014!