****Edited to add: I’ve added a Link Up at the bottom of this post! Write your own blog post about some Not New Years Resolutions you’d like to make and then come back to post your link here! I would love to read them and be motivated to keep my own resolutions too!****
Seeing this on Facebook a couple of days ago totally made me laugh.
Because, well, it’s totally true. And the truth can be very funny. Painfully, truthfully, funny.
While I love my tiny self-made army, I am beginning to realize that in the hustle and bustle of caring for them, raising them, and generally making sure they all survive to adulthood I often forget to do one other really important thing:
Take Care of Me.
I know this is echoed by Moms everywhere, and whether they have one kid or 5 kids making time for ourselves is an easy thing to let go of in light of all the important tasks we have to complete that seem more essential to commanding our tiny army.
I’ve been receiving little reminders lately though that not taking care of myself really isn’t an option.
I have seen my husband re-commit himself to MAKING time for exercise despite the fact that his schedule is extremely packed and stressful (and also involves raising 5 kids).
I have been spending quite a bit of time with sick people at clinical. And while we can’t prevent all disease, spending a significant amount of time telling other people they need to exercise, eat healthy and sleep better while not following the same standard health maintenance advice is like eating a big slice of Hypocrite Pie.
FYI, That pie doesn’t taste good.
I have been studying the “stages of change” in school. We’ve also been looking at the health belief model, which basically states that a person’s health related behaviors are impacted by what they believe will happen to them especially when it comes to disease prevention and health maintenance or health promotion behaviors.
In other words, for a very long time I’ve been stuck in the “Precontemplation” (i.e. Denial) stage of change because I didn’t really believe I could BE unhealthy (i.e. I’m invincible and people in my family live forever! MMWwhahaha!).
This of course, is absurd. While people in my family do live an extremely long time and are incredibly healthy overall seemingly without much effort, taking that for granted by not taking care of my self seems like a poor way to repay my awesome genes.
And so, in light of these things I am making some Not New Years Resolutions.
Because why wait till January 1st to change something that needs to be changed today?
Let’s start small and work our way up, shall we?
Resolution #1: Stop Biting My Nails
Why? Cause I’m 32 years old. I actually do a great job of not biting my nails when I work full time as a nurse cause, well, nurses do gross stuff. But for some reason when I’m not working I fall right back in the habit. Clearly, putting your fingers in your mouth is not a good idea from a disease prevention standpoint, especially as winter approaches. Also, it’s kind of childish and I should have quit years ago. It’s embarrassing. So, I’m giving it up!
Resolution #2: Give Up Soda
Why? Cause it’s just plain not good for you. We don’t buy it and keep it at home, but I do drink it when we are out to eat. I’m just going to go all cold-turkey here and give it up!
Resolution #3 Go To Bed by 1030 every night, wake up at 600 every morning.
Why? Because insufficient sleep does lots of bad things to your body. A regular sleep schedule is an important part of getting proper sleep. Going to sleep at the same time and waking up at the same time and getting between 7-9 hours of sleep as an adult is important to being functional and productive. And I like to be functional and productive. And I’m sure my little army will appreciate a less tired, less cranky Mama. I know there will be exceptions, like being sick or taking a trip, but I think it is a great goal to strive for in daily normal life. I’ve got an app called Sleep Cycle on my phone to help with tracking my sleep so that helps. I can do it!
Resolution #4 Exercise. 3 Mornings a week.
Saved the biggest for last. Whew. I’m tired already just thinking about it.
Why? The thing is, I don’t like to exercise. I never have, not even a little. But it hasn’t been a problem because I have always been very thin and it was easy to be young and thin and equate that with “health”. But now I’m in my 30′s, and going up the stairs makes me feel kinda out of breath. And that seems just so very wrong. Plus, I pretty much weigh the most I ever have in my life not pregnant. I’m not overweight, I’m not saying that so you don’t have to leave me comments telling me how thin I am. I swear that is not what this is about. I would just be happier weighing 5-10 lbs less. I think it’s part of why I am tired and cranky, and I think it’s part of why I get winded going up and down stairs, and I think I would rather lose 5-10 lbs then start buying bigger clothes. It just makes good sense. And of course if I am going to be talking to people about health, exercise and proper diets I feel it is my responsibility to at least be making similar efforts in my own life.
4 Resolutions may seem like a lot to tackle at once, but they are all things I have been thinking about for a very long time and they are all things I feel need to change. And in all honesty, they are tied together. I bite my nails because I’m stressed and tired. I’m tired cause I don’t get enough sleep. I don’t sleep well because I don’t feel well and need to be more active. Soda doesn’t make you feel good. Round and round it goes. I think making a few changes at once that are all linked together will make it easier to be successful. At least, I hope so.
Are you ready to make some Not New Year Resolutions with me?