I really struggled to come up with something interesting to say in this post because, frankly, I could only think of one thing I want to accomplish in 2013. *COUGH*lose weight*COUGH*
Regardless of anything that has or hasn't happened in the past, I present to you my 2013 Bucket List:
(Haha... you were surprised, I can tell.) I'm sure that 99% of women in the free world have this on their list of resolutions for 2013, but for me I truly feel like it's now or never in terms of getting down to a healthier weight.
Like I've said before, this is about my health now, not vanity. And if I want to be around to see my daughter grow up, I need to stay motivated and committed to achieving a healthier body size.
(If only Fettucine Alfredo was GOOD for me.....!!)
2) Be active.
As I age and as my metabolism slows, it's become increasingly important that I include some form of physical activity in my daily life. Sadly, this is where I fail the most these days, simply because I'm always exhausted by the time I get home from work and get my daughter into bed.
Then again, I'm sure my poor diet and lack of regular physical activity are also contributing factors in my exhaustion, but I digress. The bottom line is that I need to get up and move more!
The painful truth.
Like I said, gone are the days when I aspired to go bungee jumping or sky diving. These days I would be thrilled to just go outside and build a snowman with my daughter before coming in to warm up by the fire.
It's just that type of outing that creates beautiful memories -- and it's also the type of thing that will help nurture my daughter's confidence and self esteem...... not whether or not she's got a mom who has sky dived before.
Luckily, there's no shortage of the simple yet wonderful things I can do with my family this year.....
4) Be grateful and lead by example.
This was briefly touched upon in a recent post, but I really do need to stop taking for granted all the wonderful blessings in my life. Sure, each day can be a struggle sometimes, but when it comes down to it, I'm living the dream. (I'm not sure WHOSE dream, per se, haha.... but still. I have a good life.)
And besides, how can I expect my daughter to grow up to be a positive, contributing member of society when I myself am constantly stuck in a self-inflicted rut? It's time to sink or swim, and I need to show her how it's done.
5) Put myself first.
It's taken me nearly 35 years to figure this out, but I need to stop taking care of everyone else ahead of myself. What good am I to anyone if I'm run down, exhausted, weak, and in a bad mood all the time?
If I can't start taking care of myself FIRST, then I'm not only doing a major disservice to myself, but also to the family I'm attempting to care for.
They need a happy, healthy me..... and I need a happy, healthy me..... otherwise everything just falls apart.
Time to start taking care of myself again -- so not only does that mean pursuing the four points above, but also doing things simply because they make me happy. (ie, read more, write more, go for walks, see a movie, get my hair and eyebrows done more than just twice a year, etc...... You know the drill.)
Since becoming a mom, I've placed myself at the bottom of our household totem pole, and that needs to change.
I need to be ME again.
So here's hoping I can walk the talk.....!
Okay, it was simple, it was raw... but that's my 2013 Bucket List. Head over to see what Divulge with Dani's got cooking on this subject as well.