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I am not a Resolutionist!!!!

My boys came back from the gym several days ago. Per our usual routine, I asked how the gym was, did they have a good workout – usual stuff.  I haven’t been to the gym in about a week, because I have been so stinking tired, and drained. Hence my need to ask how their gym experience was.  I figure I might vicariously get some “gains” just by asking.

The boys said the gym was packed to the gills with “Resolutionists”. They said the “Resolutionists” are the people who resolve to exercise and get fit in the coming New Year. It seems there is a pattern to this, it happens every single year. Over the last several days, every exercise machine has taken and the free weight section was overflowing with people who didn’t have a clue as to what they were doing.  However they reassured me, by saying “Not to worry”, the crowds will slowly diminish. They figure by about January 15th everything will back to normal, and the people who are really serious about improving their fitness will be the only ones left.

I listened to all of this and thought to myself, “Oooo – I don’t want to be branded as a Resolutionist” and so this year I am going to make some really achievable and reality-based resolutions, and not really resolutions but more improvements to the way I do things. Here are my seemingly simple but hopefully achievable goals – a list of 10 (10 being the most significant goal for me this year).

♦Be a little more enthusiastic about marketing my book. I really don’t know why I am not more interested in doing this, other things seem to take priority, like cleaning the plantation blinds, ridding the baseboards of dust, putting my knowledge of organic chemistry into action in trying to alleviate my glass shower doors of hard water spots – stuff like that.

♦Learn to spell occaission, ocaission, occasion. Why is this such a hard word to spell when I have no trouble spelling words such as obsequious, persiflage, or pestiferous?

♦Pick things up off the floor when I see them, not just walk by and think I will come back later and do it (or here’s a silly thought – somebody else might see the errant object and remove it – I am presently guffawing to myself).

♦Fold the clothes in the dryer as soon as the dryer plays its little song (and again not counting on somebody else doing it). Not wait for a day or two and then be surprised because everything is wrinkled.

♦Write the debit charges into my checking ledger, instead of waiting until I have three lunch bags full of slips and feeling completely overwhelmed by the enormity of tackling such a task (I have discovered the online balance is not always the right balance, it was quite a shocking realization).

♦Leave the toilet seat up in deference to the male members of my family (I am, after all, the only female in the house – well, besides Shirley the Turtle. I can’t say I have ever seen her try to use the toilet.)

♦Say No – maybe sometimes say No, even when I think the person I am saying No to might get irritated or stomp away, slam doors, and mutter things under their breath.

♦Empty the kitchen garbage can when the lid no longer sits properly on top, and not try my hand at being a garbage compressor, or attempt to balance a final item on the overflowing pile.

♦Be 5 minutes early for everything (my Dad should get a chuckle out of this one).

♦Avoid getting bleach splotches on my clothes for an entire year (this I suspect will be the hardest goal for me to attain – but I am willing to give it a try.)

That’s enough of a list for now. After re-reading this, I am quite worn out.  I think it is a do-able list.  We shall see.  I will revisit this list at the end of the year and see how well I did (if I remember).


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