I suppose one could call it restructuring. Or reaffirmation. Avoiding the word 'resolutions' is difficult, but necessary in order for the redefinition to have legs.
My language has actually cleaned up this year. "Flipping" is my substitute.
Fiber goals, in review, may come later, closer to New Year's. Right now, I wanted to review for myself where I am and what I need to focus on for the near and farther future of 2015.
1. Weight. Still an issue. This is more than cosmetic, as clothes would fit better if I dumped 7-10 pounds.
2. Exercise. YAY ME. I completed the 100,000K indoor rowing challenge between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Finishing felt good, but the real motivator was avoiding how bad I would have felt if I had given up. I will try to keep to the 150 minutes recommended weekly. (Oy.)
3. Eat less crap. I am very sorry to be the bearer of bad news. The data for what is good for you and what is bad for you is currently in significant disarray. A study came out in December suggesting that low glycemic carbs were not as good for you as once thought. And that high glycemic carbs might not be as bad for you as previously stated. The study definitely has major limitations, but one of the markers chosen (insulin levels) pointed towards conclusions that became confusing. So the bottom lineage is that I now have no idea what to eat.
My plan is to eat as I have previously known is reasonable, and follow my numbers (HDL, LDL, total cholesterol, triglycerides, HbA1c, body weight). Maybe I will feel less guilt for sweets. But maybe I will feel less confidence in bulgur. If I am confused, how do nonmedical people sort this out??
4. Organize my papers better. Organize the stash. Bleah. This is a psychic weight lifter only.
5. Do more stuff that I want to do. This focus is to make sure I wrest time for me from the unpaid, underappreciated, timesuck stuff that has become attached to work. There are days where I feel as if I have stepped into a tarpit.
6. Spend more time being a human being. I really don't want to elaborate on this. It simply means more outreach, more expressions of appreciation and thanks, to those I care about and love.
ENOUGH. I used the word focus, because almost none of this can be accomplished in most lifetimes. Typing it down puts it into my mindfulness bin, which I am dipping into more and more these days. I am looking for peace, I am seeking healing, and hoping for what really matters - connection.
When I give a knitted gift, my road to sanity is to let go. I gave my niece a Hitchhiker, knitted in BallandSkein yarn, merino/silk. When we visited, I didn't ask about its acceptance or utility.
The niecelet is going on a trip. We were sent bon voyage pictures. And yes, there is Hitchhiker flying proudly around her neck.