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Resolution Update

March 9, 2011 by  
Filed under J.Bright

Having posted about my New Year’s Resolutions, I feel compelled to update you. I have good news and bad news.

The good news is that my resolution to spend the hour after supper, before bedtime prep, playing with my kids has been wonderfully successful! It can be hard to ignore the call of the email, chores, etc, but I’m doing well focusing on my family at that time. We play games, dance in the basement, play with trains, pretty much whatever my sons want to do. The best part was, a few days ago, my son Tyler (age five) was talking about the best part of his day, and he said, “I know what the best part of your day is, Mommy, playtime after supper.” And he’s right!

Now the bad news: My other resolution was to lose the 12 pounds that have crept onto my 5’2″ frame over the past three years. I had been trying to just eat less. That has not worked out. One of my favorite expressions is from Weight Watchers: If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. And so I know I have to try something different. I’ve gone back to the tried-and-true method of counting Weight Watchers points. And I’m keeping my hands busy during the “witching” snack hour after my boys have gone to bed, while I watch tv. My friend Rallie gave me a Knifty Knitter, and so far I’ve knitted five hats to donate to charity! Here’s hoping I can get that scale to budge. Stay tuned!

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

January 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Uncategorized

Well it’s got to be an interesting sign that it’s taken me until January 16 to post about my New Year’s Resolutions! Maybe it’s a sign that I’m sticking with them! Or maybe it’s a sign that I’ve been too busy to even think much about them.

In any event, I thought it could only help to write about them. This year, I’m making two resolutions. The first is that every night after we finish eating and cleaning up, we have about an hour before my kids have a snack, watch a video, and go have a bath. That hour goes by so fast! And in time, it’s become time for me to race around the house, catching up on chores or even dash in here to check email. My days go by so quickly and because I work from home I feel like I spend a lot of time with my sons, I don’t feel like I get to spend a lot of time playing with them. They might be in the room when I’m checking email, or folding laundry, or cooking dinner, but that’s hardly the same thing as playing with them. And so I resolve to take back that precious hour as family time. No chores, no email. I will engage with and play with my kids!

My second resolution involves the 10 pounds that have crept on since I lost my pregnancy weight. I admit I hardly notice them. I feel so happy with my body having had kids, and the fat must be in a clever place because I still fit into my clothes! But my scale doesn’t lie. And so my second resolution is to lose those 10 pounds, by eating better and also by actually listening to the reminders that pop up on my computer each day at 10 am to “do situps,” at 1 pm to “do pushups” and at 3 pm to “do leglifts.” (You can take the girl out of the Army, but you can’t take the Army out of the girl.)

Here’s to your health and happiness!

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