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Ten On Tuesday

Ten on Tuesday is 10 New Years Resolutions. I’m not a big fan of resolutions but I am a big fan of having something to blog about so I’ll get behind this topic. Here’s a quick and dirty list:

1. Lose weight. Really, is there any other resolution?
2. Exercise more. See number one.
3. Eat smaller portions. Again, see number one. And I’m trying to be realistic with this one. I know I’m not about to give up my favorite comfort foods but maybe I can give up eating such huge amounts of them.
4. Laugh more. One of the reasons I married Dale is because he makes me laugh. I need to capitalize on this.
5. Yell less. Because, you know, yelling is just really very unbecoming. It does get results, though. Which leads me to number six.
6. Learn to get results without yelling. This resolution may be harder than number one, given my family’s history of only reacting I get mad.
7. Plan meals so that we eat out less.
8. Enjoy life. That’s kind of the secret to happiness, right?
9. Keep doing the good things. There’s lots of things I’m good at, no need to change everything.
10. Breathe in, breathe out, move on. One of my favorite Jimmy Buffett songs and a really smart way to approach life.

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  1. A very good and realistic list. The secret to happiness is excepting what is…what is as it is is perfect. When one of your resolutions slips a bit, just dust it off and start again without judgment. Change will come.

  2. That’s a good list. Mine also contains the ever present lose weight, get fit too. My friend had a good one that I’m going to adopt this year or try. It’s to actually use shopping bags instead of plastic bags. I’ve bought them in the past but have not been good at remembering to enter the store with them. Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  3. What a great list! I could use some work on number 5. Well, a lot of work on number 5. I’ll think of you when tempted to yell this year and perhaps that will help me calm myself knowing that you are working on the same thing with me!

  4. It’s interesting how your resolutions are aspects of maybe three core things – mostly ways in which you can accomplish those things.

  5. It’s really amazing what smaller portions and exercise can do. I worked out a deal with my boss to come in later on Tuesdays and Thursdays when the other support staff can be here by 8 so I can have 2 mornings dedicated to exercising. I’ve lost 6 pounds since September with only half-assed exercise and eating smaller portions without the great amounts of carbohydrates I used to have. My morning blood sugar is down below 110 90% of the time and my A1C is completely normal now.

    It can be done, you just need sufficient motivation. The idea of being insulin dependent diabetic was motivation enough for me.

  6. It’s amazing how much just eating smaller portions can help. πŸ™‚ I am also with you on cooking at home more. We’ve been working on that for about two weeks now. Save our trip to DC this past weekend, we’ve been doing really well so far. πŸ™‚

  7. Your list resembles my life to T. I need to learn Margene’s “dust it off and start again without judgment”. 2009 will be a better year!

  8. #7 to plan meals: I need to work on that. I have gotten out of the habit since the boys left home and Smokey works such an irregular schedule.

  9. The perfect list. Thanks for making it for me, now I don’t have to sit down and think them up on my own! I’ve actually started working on some of the things on your list. We realized a couple of moths ago that we could save a fortune by eating planned meals at home more often that we were…and we’ve instituted Mondays and Thursdays as budget meal at home nights.You know, we haven’t even really enjoyed what we get out much, it’s just faster if you haven’t planned ahead. Have a very Merry Christmas, Carole.

  10. I would never have guessed that you are a yeller, being a librarian and all. If you find a way to be effective without the yelling you must share. I tried counting before I yelled but everyone was confused as to why I was yelling out numbers…

  11. The cooking more at home helps with the weight loss and better eating. You can slip in a lot of reduced fat choices with very little flavor change and drop a lot of calories out of life that way. Not to mention the sodium in food dining out. Best of luck!

  12. Hmmm, I could pretty much cut and paste this into a list for myself! The weight/exercise issue is never ending; I’m thinking this coming year, I’ll try to focus on the health aspect of it instead of how I look. Maybe I’ll have a little more luck that way.

  13. I agree with Karen. I never saw the yelling thing coming, either.

    Have you tried the Stare of Doom? When done right, that can scare the crap out of anyone and you don’t have to say a word. Just sayin’…

    xo

  14. Wonderful list! Can I share it? I’d just append # 10 to say ..and do more yoga.
    ps one year when my sons were little and I yelled A LOT, I tried talking really really quiet when I was ready to yell. It kind of worked but never 100% stuck. I came out yelling less, though.

  15. I would be happy to partner up on the eat less, exercise more portion… still haven’t adjusted to the hypothyroid-out of iron syndrome I developed this year….I would echo trying the talk really soft method for awhile – if they are used to you yelling, that, together with the Stare of Doom, will be alerts that you are even more upset than usual! Hang in there with such a big task list, and really concentrate on the happy portion!

  16. Another benefit to planning meals, is the grocery bill generally goes down. My kids love it when I am organized and plan meals then shop. It is such a stress saver.

    Merry Christmas. Thank you for your blog, I love reading it.

  17. Is it wrong that I’m going to copy your list and use it as my own? It’s just so good. I hope both of us can follow these. Can you imagine how great it would be at the end of 2009 to know we stuck to them? I must add a number 11 though … I must blog at least once a week. Anything less than that is pretty pathetic huh?

    I wish you and your family a very very Merry Christmas and a Hap-Hap-Happy New Year.

  18. fabulous resolutions. my favorite one is that you will laugh more.
    It seems to me that all the others will fall into line if you focus on this one thing.
    I know that it helped me get through this very long year.
    Joy to you, dear one!

  19. Can I copy your list onto my blog??
    I think I have much the same list — hey saw a new book out there that may help with #1 the supermarket version of “Eat this Not that” by Zinczenko
    It looks like it can be very helpful

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