Reverb 12: Day 31. New Year’s Resolutions!

Clean Slate: Tomorrow begins a new year.  What will you do with your new beginning?

Okay, so last Reverb 12 post and I’m a day late. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Today is the first day of 2013. Resolution time! Here are the grand ideas I have for the year, in no particular order, not censored in terms of my limited resources and available time, and including what came out of Reverb 12.

In 2013, I resolve to:

  • Make exercise a priority
  • Lose 25 lbs
  • Get back in shape (can it get any more broad than this statement?!?)
  • Clean out and organize my home office
  • Put together a list of family traditions to try out this year
  • Be nicer to my husband
  • Host friends and families for suppers every other week (but keep it casual and don’t turn it into a chore!)
  • Start learning Portuguese
  • Put the drama of dental school behind me
  • By January 7th, break my resolutions down into attainable, measurable goals and build some reminders into my calendar to follow through with everything

What are your resolutions for the year? If you don’t make resolutions, why not?

Reverb 12: Day 30

Kat at Tenaciously Yours has posted information about “a prompt-a-day series for the month of December that is meant to give us all the chance to reflect on 2012 and the opportunity to write down our hopes and dreams for the coming year.” Her post and the details are here.  I have fallen behind in Reverb 12 posts, but am going to attempt to catch up…

Undone: Bucket lists, To Do Lists, Always crossing things off.  2012 is almost over — what is still left standing?

I am a list person. In 2012, most of my to-do items focused on the day-to-day and necessary items, rather than on big life goals and bucket list-type items.

For the most part, though, I really did accomplish what I set out to. I finished dental school, bought a dental clinic, did all kinds of cool science experiments with my kids this summer, went to Orlando, experienced the Olympics, and started creating some Christmas traditions.

The big nagging item still outstanding? I didn’t clean out my office, but that is definitely getting done in 2013.

Do you have anything that you really wanted to get done in 2012 but didn’t?

Reverb 12: Day 29

Kat at Tenaciously Yours has posted information about “a prompt-a-day series for the month of December that is meant to give us all the chance to reflect on 2012 and the opportunity to write down our hopes and dreams for the coming year.” Her post and the details are here.  I have fallen behind in Reverb 12 posts, but am going to attempt to catch up…

TryWhat do you want to try this coming year?  Is it something that has been on the bucket list for a while, or is it something you swore up and down to others you’d never, ever do?  What new waters – those uncharted or those well-navigated – will you dip your toes into this year?

Dip in your toes

Dip in your toes

This year I want to start learning Portuguese. Honestly, I’m not sure when I can fit it into my schedule, but the Olympics in Rio are 3 1/2 years away and as far a languages go, the sooner the better is probably the way to go.

I have other goals for 2013, of course, but most of those relate to things I already do or have tried. I really would love to approach “normal” this year, so I’m really not looking to try new things but to settle in and do better.

What’s on your list for 2013?

Reverb 12: Day 25

Kat at Tenaciously Yours has posted information about “a prompt-a-day series for the month of December that is meant to give us all the chance to reflect on 2012 and the opportunity to write down our hopes and dreams for the coming year.” Her post and the details are here.  I have fallen behind in Reverb 12 posts, but am going to attempt to catch up…

TraditionsDo you follow old traditions or do you work to create new traditions?  What role has tradition played in your life over the past year?  Are there traditions you hope to create or embrace in 2013?

I am in the process of developing new traditions for my immediate family. If you’ve been reading along, you may have noticed that I’ve been fairly self-centred and school-focused the past several years, so traditions have been neglected (and my husband isn’t really into them, so it’s totally my area).

Traditions in place: Christmas tree up, viewing the local light display at Christmas-time, Arizona for Christmas, Easter baskets, birthday parties, trick-or-treating.

In 2013, I really want to start making some new traditions for my family and have started reading The Book of New Family Traditions (Revised and Updated): How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Every Day. So far, I’ve been focused on Christmas, and this year I did a Christmas countdown for the kids, bought us all matching pj’s for Christmas Eve (this one was already in place, actually), read The Night Before Christmas, did some Christmas movie nights, and made gingerbread houses (already in place, too).

Do I have a clear vision of what I want in place? Nope, but I’m working on it. The goal is to have read The Book of New Family Traditions by the end of January and create a framework of activities/rituals to try out for the year. Those activities that we try out may not stick around, but you gotta start somewhere!

What are your favourite family traditions, Christmas, New Year’s, or otherwise?

Game Plan Weekend: Make it Merry and Bright

If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I was in dental school for 4 years (ending this past May) and I did 2 years of pre-dentistry before that.  When I went back to school for pre-dent, my daughter, who’s now 6 (going on 16…oh, the attitude!) was 7 months old and my son was 2 1/2 years old. Needless to say, my school schedule didn’t really allow me to focus on celebrating the holidays. Sure we got around to putting up a tree most of the time (there was at least one year we didn’t), and I always fit Christmas shopping in, but I didn’t really get to establish holiday traditions for my kids. And I love my husband and think he’s pretty awesome, but he is not really a superstar in the holiday celebrations department (probably because his family is really not big into celebrating, well, anything), so that’s one area where he didn’t pick up the slack.

This year, though, is DIFFERENT. Sure my work is really crazy since I’m trying to sort everything out with buying a dental practice, but I pretty much don’t bring home work stuff and, except for running the kids to their (admittedly too many) activities, I do have time in the evenings to get stuff done. This year, I want to CELEBRATE the holidays and give my kids the kind of holiday season that I remember (probably unrealistically, but whatever) from when I was a kid. What does this look like? Think deck the halls, merry and bright, comfort and joy. Think lots of time with family; sitting by the tree in the dark and enjoying the glow; music, music, music; baking and holiday goodies; skating outside in the dark; drinking hot chocolate with cold, red cheeks; It’s a Wonderful Life, Love Actually, and Die Hard (I have an eclectic taste in movies).

What I want to do is spend November getting ready for the holidays so that we can really celebrate the holidays with our friends and family in December and stretch out the merriment, rather than trying to jam everything all in in a few days.

What I’ve been finding is that I’m NOT getting much done at night because (a) I’m really tired and have often fallen asleep at 8:30pm (not kidding) and (b) when I’m not completely lacking in energy, I don’t have a game plan and end up puttering around, trying to figure out what to do.

What I’m saying, essentially, is that’s it’s time to put together my game plan for the next 2 months to that I can really enjoy the Christmas season this year and make it memorable for my kids. I also absolutely need to be fitting in workouts so that I have more energy and my body feels better, and I haven’t been doing that, either.

The Game Plan

1. Follow the Christmas Countdown at Organized Christmas. I will take the liberty of ignoring those tasks that I don’t think work for me.

2. Decide what holiday traditions I want to try to establish. I’d make this a family decision, but seriously, my husband is holiday challenged, so I’m just going to take the reins on this one. For ideas, I’m checking out Pinterest and reading the pertinent sections in The Book of New Family Traditions by Meg Cox.

3. Set out a workout schedule for the next 2 months, along with rewards for meeting my targets. My goals must be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound).

4. Set aside an hour and meal plan for the whole next 2 months. Have a backup plan for the nights where we’ve had an unexpected change in schedule and need to get something on the table fast.

I think that’s it for now. I’ll let you know how the plan’s going as the month progresses. I totally realize that I’m overreaching, but I like to think big.:)

If you had to put together your ultimate holiday playlist, what 3 songs would be on it? My 3: All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey, Baby It’s Cold Outside (I like the Colin James version, but I’m not super picky about who’s singing it), and White Christmas by Bing Crosby.

Goals, Goals, Goals

It’s been a week since I last posted.  I had a single goal these past seven days: NO EATING TREATS.

I was sorely tempted at various points this past week to scarf down some chocolate or indulge in some baked goods while picking up a tea a Starbucks, but I resisted.  As a result, the weight creep I’ve been experiencing over the past few months has halted, which is a relief.

On the other hand, I could definitely pull up my socks in the healthy eating department.  Since I started doing more studying a few weeks ago (had a mock oral test last Thursday – went okay), meal planning/preparation and grocery shopping have all gone out the window.  This, combined with less regular physical activity, probably contributed to the migraine I experienced Thursday (lingering into Friday and Saturday).

Ever have the feeling that your body is trying to tell you something? I do.  Migraine late last week, and now have some swollen glands and a touch of a sore throat.  Clearly, I haven’t been treating my body with respect.  Must do better!

The game plan:

  1. Indulge in a treat or 2 tomorrow, and then keep away from the sweets for another 7 days.  Next weekend will be tricky, because we’ll be at a hockey tournament with my son’s hockey team and I’m expecting there to be snacks and stuff afterward, as the parents will be getting together.  I do plan to have a couple of drinks (I’m usually a G&T drinker), but am committing now that there will be no sweets, chips, or fries crossing my lips!
  2. Meal plan.  For the week.  I’m keeping it simple because I have GOT to get studying for finals, but there WILL be a plan, regardless.
  3. Go grocery shopping!  Tomorrow night.
  4. Bring a water bottle to school.  I’ve been better at consuming liquids during the day, but with this sore throat thing in the works, it’s no time to be slacking in that department.
  5. Put together a study plan.  By Tuesday at 9pm, I will have a study plan put into place for now until I write my board exams (dental licensing exams) March 3, 2011.  Hoping having a plan will = less stress.
  6. Get my body moving.  Run, walk, or stationary bike 3 times this week (Mon, Weds, Fri).  Strength train 2 times this week (Tues, Thurs).  Think I’m going to try out the strength training plan in The New Rules of Lifting for Women for now.  I’m not fully committing to the whole plan, but the moves are very basic, they allow for some variation, and the workouts are quick – exactly what I need right now.

Okay, those seem like some mighty ambitious goals to me, considering there’s also kids’ hockey and regular school stuff to contend with, plus I’m feeling stressed.  I think this calls for a “carrot.”  If I meet all 6 goals, I’m taking time to go shopping for a sweater dress.  If I meet 5 of 6, I’m taking the night of the 30th off (it’s my birthday) and not studying.  If I meet 4 of 6, I’m putting aside 30 minutes to put on nail polish.

Have I mentioned that winter arrived here last weekend? I am seriously considering getting some Yaktrax so I can run outside.  Here’s the view out my front door last weekend:

Since then, we’ve had a “semi-” storm (with more snow) and temperatures have really dropped.  I think it was minus 25 Celcius the other night, and the wind chill was really nasty for a few days this week.

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

Goals for the Week: Enough With the Candy!

I’m starting to feel overwhelmed with all the stuff I’ve got going on:

  1. must start studying hard for a big exam coming up in 2 weeks
  2. kids’ hockey
  3. volunteer stuff (deposits and record keeping)
  4. plan and shop for meals
  5. physio exercises daily
  6. workout regularly
  7. lining up patients and getting them booked in (we book in the patients that we work on and are responsible for finding certain types of patients in order to get the credits we need to graduate, e.g., 12 root canals, 18 crowns/bridges/posts)

Unfortunately, when I feel overwhelmed, I tend to procrastinate instead of just picking somewhere to start.  Not good.

Along with not getting stuff done due to the procrastination, I’ve also been stress-eating Halloween candy.  Yikes.  Also not good.

I’ve decided that it’s time to stop the sugar overload because it’s making me feel terrible physically and guilty.  However, I’m finding that my motivation is definitely lacking, so I’m putting a reward system into effect.  My goals for the next week are:

1) to not have any treats (just say no!)

2) to run 4 times (Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday)

3) to do my physio exercises everyday

If I do all of these things, I will buy myself a new pair of Uggs, because after wearing mine for 2 winters, they are completely trashed and not fit for wear.  Now that it’s getting colder, though, I’ve really been missing the snugly warmth of my Ugg boots, so it’s time to get some new ones.

What are your favourite Halloween treats?  I really love Kitkats and peanut butter cups, but would pretty much never turn my nose up at any form of chocolate treat.