Sunday, January 12, 2014

Embracing Resolutions (and Resolutioners)

We are 12 days into the New Year! Are you sticking to your resolutions?

Most gym-regulars hate this time of year--the parking lot is packed, classes are crowded, and there is never an open treadmill or elliptical. I hear sentiments like, "Well, in another month, all of these 'Resolutioners' will be gone thank goodness!" and "In another month this overcrowding won't be a problem!"

As a fitness instructor, I LOVE this time of year. I don't care if you've been out of my class (or out of shape) for six days or six years--I'm always happy to see people return to healthy habits. Having full classes makes my heart happy.

However, we are going about it all wrong if we condemn and scorn the Resolutioners for the very thing we are striving for ourselves. Two things that help people stick to their fitness goals are accountability and connection. Holding yourself and others accountable for their goals and connecting with someone who has similar goals who can share your experience. It makes sense--we are more likely to continue something if we feel we want or have to, and if there is welcoming space full of individuals who are motivating and encouraging us on our resolution journey.

So the next time you see that new "Resolutioner" at the gym or in a fitness class, introduce yourself. Give them a high five. Offer to lift with them. Ask them what their goals are. Tell them about a class you like. Remember that we are all entitled to a fresh start and that we were all beginners once.

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Speaking of resolutions...What are yours?

This year, I decided to do a short resolution list and also a bucket list of activities for 2014. Having a short resolution list provides a narrow set of priorities to work with, while the bucket list is more of a "Fun in '14" kind of list.

1. Give up buying bottled water
2. Master rollerskating
3. Prioritize my marriage
4. Cook from scratch more
5. Learn to say NO more
6. Re-evaluate and re-prioritize my fitness goals/strengths
7. Focus on friendships, opportunities, and partnerships (My horoscope says 2014 is a year of collaboration for me!)

2014 Bucket List
Run a race
Bake a loaf of bread
Put my feet in the ocean
Become more knowledgeable about wine
Add to my collections (figurines and records)
Make something crafty (aka actually make something I’ve pinned)
Prepare a will (morbid, but necessary. Downton Abbey taught me something!)
Create a family crest (or pay someone to create it)
Print more pictures (Yay for Groovebook--I saw it on Shark Tank!)
Buy and collect art/pictures for our walls!
Get my Yoga cert/training
Have fondue
Host a party
Go on an impulsive vacation
Buy something BIG! (new kitchen table?)
Go see a movie at the movie theatre (seriously, I never have time!)
Go to Niagara Falls
Pay off a credit card
Make a new friend
Visit a theme park
Go camping
Go to a festival
Try a new restaurant
Watch a whole series of a show I've never seen (suggestions welcome!)
Try a new fitness trend
Make a photo book of 2013
Visit somewhere on the West Coast
Watch a sunset
Write more

I've already started on my resolutions--I have four re-useable water bottles that have prevented me from reaching for bottled water. And with the new pink Moxi skates my friend Rachel got me for Christmas, I'm getting lots of practice skating around my empty, unfinished basement.

Sadly, I'm also in the process of re-prioritizing my fitness goals and strengths. Part of that was giving up teaching Zumba. I've loved teaching it these past three years, but I'm not as passionate about it as I once was. I am certified and teach seven different formats--that's a lot to memorize! So something had to go. I still love dance fitness, but I'll be taking a lot more dance fitness classes rather than teaching them, which will be refreshing!

In 2014, I intend to adopt more of a Remington approach to life...

My cat, Remi, who has mastered the art of priorities and taking life easy :)

BRING IT, 2014! What's on your Resolution/Bucket List this year? Need some inspiration? Check out THIS LIST!


  1. I think this is great! It sounds like you will be finding yourself rather than melding into what others say you should be. Awesome! I honestly believe that one should be true to oneself and be who you should be. Not bend to society or what others think you should be. Enjoy this year and make it all you want it to be!

    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement! I try to be authentic :)

  2. I'm trying to get into wine this year as well and would love to hear about the adventures you have with it this year if you get a chance!

    1. Absolutely! Trying to bust out of the ol' cabernet rut!

  3. Thanks for this post, Laura! I like the message about encouraging cannot have too much encouragement when you're trying to make positive (and difficult!) choices. Learning to make achievable, realistic and truly beneficial resolutions is great practice for overall goal setting, in my view :-)

    Here are my resolutions for 2014: 1) Clean the kitchen every night before bed, 2) Check bank account at least once a week, 3) Buy something new = give away/sell something old, 4) Go through some sort of pile or stack at least once a month, 5) Shop for church food pantry once a month, and 6) Fit in my clothes all winter. Let's check in with each other to see how our lists are going!

    1. Good resolutions for the mind and body! Yes--keep me posted on how you're doing with your resolutions!