Saturday, June 5, 2010

June Resolutions

I saw June coming. April and May had surprised me but I was ready for June. I was ready to call a “do-over” on New Year’s resolutions. My resolutions were far too complicated for me to write down – yet alone remember – I decided to start over and go simple this time:

Log calories – Note this does not say “lose weight” – it merely says write down what I am eating. This method proved pretty successful earlier this year and then I stopped. And then I was not so successful so I am getting back on the wagon.

30 minutes of exercise – I know Dr. Oz and all those Oprah-related celeb-docs recommend an hour of intense! High impact! Sweat until you die! Workouts. For me – 30 minutes is just fine.

1 exercise class/week – This can be a workout DVD or an actual class at the gym. This will keep me honest so I don’t start timing my trips to the fridge, adding them and calling it a day when it hits 30 minutes.

Blog every day – As you can see, I am doing pretty well so far. An author I love says writing is a muscle and you have to build it up every day, so that is what I intend to do.

Vitamin – It worked when I was six.

Floss – This is the simplest thing to do to protect my health.

BE POSITIVE – This came from the The Happiness Project – a book I will review next week so I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

So there we go – there are my June resolutions. As the picture above show, I have posted them near my desk to remind me every day.

If you could get a “do-over” on resolutions – what would yours be?


  1. Okay so instead of talking about my failed resolutions can I just comment on yours? :) I love your list - if you move "be positive" to the number one spot, the other 6 may come along more naturally. It all flows down from postitive energy... And, I don't necessarily agree that daily workouts need to be "sweat until you die!" But, if you get a heart rate monitor (support the economy), have a cardio evaluation at your nearest gym and do one powerful workout a week, you may begin to feel amazing in a whole new way. Keep the other workouts lower key to build a strong cardio base. And take your husband or a friend with you that one day a week to bust your bootie; accountability helps. Good luck with the resolutions!

  2. Floss....that's a good one!!! I would spend more quality time with my kids...1 quality activity with each kid every day (rather than a day packed with quantity activities)! Thanks for the permission to redo my resolution...I can't even remember what I said in January!

  3. This is really funny that I came across this today...I signed up with a personal trainer about a week ago. 4x a week for exercise is sufficient, believe me. And don't overestimate where your heart rate should be (most elliptical machines and treadmills have a monitor). I'm supposed to be anywhere from 135-150, which is doable. If you go above that, it's bad, bad, bad!

    I hate all of these unrealistic "goals" that are in the news about exercising 60+ minutes a day every day - who the hell can stick to that? I've been in the habit in the past of setting ridiculous goals for myself (Lose 4 pounds a week! Calorie intake under 1,200 per day!) and when I fail at them (usually pretty quickly in) I get frustrated and give up. The trick is setting goals and a schedule that works for YOU; you are much more likely to stick to it!

    Oh, and I have to keep a food journal now too. My trainer tells me not to be psychotic about it, just generally try to write down what I eat each day. Yes, I whined and complained about this a little bit (too many bad Weight Watcher flashbacks), but it really does work. He's a sports nutritionist as well as a trainer, so he told me he can help me design a workable diet that includes the foods I am already eating every day. The food journal DOES work - even though I hate, hate, hate it. :D

    Something the manager of the training program said to me during my initial evaluation - he asked me why I felt that I haven't been at my "goal weight" for years. I told him it was a psychological thing mostly, and he said, "Everyone has an emotional attachment with food. It's being aware of it that matters." That made me feel a lot better. :)

    Good for you - it sounds like you have a sensible program in place. The key is to keep it workable and achievable, and not get too crazy when you deviate from it (we all have setbacks). :)