I know most people make their resolutions around January 1st and give them up by January 8th, but I'm going to break that trend for me. That's right, I'm making October 31st resolutions and I'm going to try to make it past November 7th before I break them.
First, the reasons for resolution #1:
On November 1st my house will be down to four roommates instead of five. This may not seem like a big thing, but there are lots of intricate details that involve the fifth roommate living here and they have caused me some stress for the last year and a half. Come tomorrow almost all of that stress will be gone and I'll be a happy, happy person....all right as happy as I can be at least.
On November 1st my house will have new wood floors in the living room, family room, hallway, and three bedrooms. The kitchen, dining room, bathrooms, and master bath won't be touched because the tile in these rooms is not bad.
On November 1st, the vast majority of inside walls in the house will have fresh paint on them. They will also have new molding around the doors and baseboards on the walls.
I guess I will call the above the house rejuvenating updates that will lead to the first resolution:
Resolution #1: The house WILL stay clean. Before we tore it apart to put the flooring in we, all the roommates except the one that will no longer be with us, were doing good with keeping up on assigned chores. The house looked great and people commented on the fact that our house was not filthy and stinky. So resolution #1 should be simple. We keep doing what we were doing, and we have a nicer house.
Now the reasons for resolution #2:
I'm lazy, out of shape, and my BMI is pretty pathetic. By now I figure everyone knows where I'm going with this because it's the number one most promised resolution and number one most broken resolution. So rather than list more reasons and excuses as to why I'm fat, lazy, out of shape.... I'll list my plan on correcting said issues.
Resolution #2: I will get in shape.
Notice that I didn't say that I'd lose weight. That's because for my height and build I'm not really at a bad weight. I'm currently at 185 lbs which is about 20 lbs heavier than I'd like to be, but not far from what I was during my prime in hockey. The problem is my stomach makes up 120 lbs, my face 20 lbs, and the rest of my body 45 lbs. So the goal is to redistribute some of this mass around. So here's the long awaited list:
#1. This isn't really an action plan as much as it is a goal that will drive the remainder of the list. I want to run a 1/2 marathon, move to a full marathon, and then joing a tri team. I've always played contact sports and never gave much thought to endurance sports, so I want to do something new. I can run anywhere, I can bike anywhere, and I convientely have a huge ocean within a half hours driving distance. I figure it's the perfect activity; I just need to convince my body and mind of this.
#2. In order to redistribute some of my mass I've been eating better. Therefore I'm going to step it up and go as far as to say I will eat healthy. I really don't like fast food, but I love the convenience of it. I need to break the habit of going through drive throughs and switch to making my own food. It's easy, but I'm lazy...so this will take some super duper mental strenght on my part. I'll likely fail for the most part, but if I can start to build a routine then I'll just keep building on that one block at a time; baby steps to a better me.
#3. I'll put my $24.99 a month, that I've thrown away for the last two years, to good use. When I worked for a large corporation I benifited from a reasonably affordable get fit plan. Now that there's a gym within running distance of my house I will use that plan.
Well that's really it for resolution #2. It's the KISS plan for me, Keep it Simple Stupid. I have the wonderful ability to drop weight like no one's business when I actually try. So I'm going to try. Eat somewhat healthy, excersise more often, and keep a goal. This should be a cake....err salad walk for me.
Oh ya, that's also it for my resolutions. There are a million and one things that I would like to change, but I'm going to start with two. Clean the damn house and run like Forest Gump. Also, for those who are thinking I'm nuts right now.... I really am. How can my roommates and I possibly keep this house clean? ;)
Till the next time.