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2014 March 31

Soooo… What were YOUR January Resolutions?

ZonePerfect Blog Forward Challenge

How did you do? (Do you remember what you resolved?) Did you make it more than 6 weeks? Because that’s about the average time most people KEEP their resolutions. So if you did then YAY! —You’re average.

I’m going back to my list for 2014: Letter To Myself, #BlogForward
Where I basically begged my future self to stick to something. ANYTHING.

Am I average or did I find any success at all?
There were 6 categories I was working on. And I’m happy to report I did fairly well in some of them. I did exactly average in others. Sigh.

First a Few Successes in 2014

Successful Sisters

I stumbled into the perfect solution to keep up better with my sisters (there’s a lot of us!). We all agreed we needed extra kicks and kudos when it comes to exercise so we created a private Facebook group where we could challenge each other, congratulate and enjoy having a shared goal together. I’m so happy with this newfangled way to connect with my sisters! I had been feeling like my relationship with them was kind of faltering as we are all in the thick of raising our kids and the chaos of life right now.

Running. Who Knew?

The best thing I did was say yes to a group trail relay run (In A WEEK!). I’ve had some hard weeks where I simply didn’t have time, but for the most part I’ve run 2 or 3 miles a couple times a week. And I’m super excited to announce I ran 6 miles today for the first time IN MY WHOLE LIFE! And crazier? By about the 4th mile I was all… hey? I’m kinda liking this? And then I looked around and wondered who I was, cuz running is definitely NOT my thing!

And I talked my husband into running the Warrior Dash in May. I’m told it’s more like a REALLY muddy obstacle course. Bring It.

Blogging: This Thing I Do

I’m not writing as much as I had hoped but a couple fun new things have got my creative juices pumping. First I’ve recently been part of a couple great media trips. And that always inspires my travel and writing itch.

And second, I’ve decided to ramp up my photography game. Challenging myself to shoot more in ‘manual mode’ learn more about my camera and practice taking more portrait-style pictures. I’ve had SO much fun! Experimenting on my kids mainly right now. But the photos I took in Louisville were seriously some of the best I’ve ever taken in my life.  Low F-stop, soft window lighting… I’m so ready for spring so I can figure out what people mean by the afternoon golden light hour?!

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Let’s Talk about the Water/Soda Challenge

I made exactly 6 weeks. Cold Turkey. NO SODA. And bigger surprise? I was ingesting 60+ ounces of water every day. And I HATE water! Downside: I also located every bathroom in every single store in my town. And then… a giant freak Southern snow storm hit. And the KIDS. The kids were HOME. ALL. DAY. For DAYS!

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I blame the snow. Soda was required to get me through. And I really didn’t seem more or less energetic or healthy or able or not able to get my running and exercise in. So… I try to drink a LOT of water and yeah, I still have a couple sodas each day. I suck. But I’m okay with that.

Volunteering and Community

I have to boast a little bit… I dreamed up a plan to have a Minecraft themed Blue & Gold banquet for the cub scouts this year (I’m the Cub Master). And well… it was the best Blue & Gold ever in the whole wide world. The end.

Now what will we do next year to beat THAT?
Crap. I gotta come up with something!


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78 Responses
  1. April 1, 2014

    I typically don’t keep my resolutions that long. I have the worst willpower in the world. Something I’m trying to work on. Love your accountability and things have drawn me to drink soda over and over again after I’ve stopped. Great job, keep up the good work.
    Twitter: mommybknowsbest

  2. April 3, 2014

    I have been sucking big time on the water thing! But, I have got back into running a little more, so that’s a plus!
    Twitter: mamamommymom

  3. April 3, 2014

    I try to limit myself to one soda a day and drink plenty of water. somedays I rock at it, others not so much but everything is good in moderation! Congrats on the running. At the 3 mile mark I tend to shut down emotionally and cant do it anymore. I’d love to do 6 miles! Keep up the good work!!

  4. April 6, 2014

    I was aiming to exercise more frequently. I wasn’t exercising at all before, and I’m exercising a little bit now. So I guess I’ve kept my resolution!

  5. April 7, 2014

    I’m proud to say I have stuck with my no soda resolution (although I started it in February not for New Years… I rarely make NY resolutions as I never keep them). I’ve also cut way back on working over the weekends. When working from home it’s so hard to separate work from life so I’ve made a conscious effort to create more family time.
    Twitter: mym0mmybrain

  6. Sarah permalink
    April 7, 2014

    This year I have kept up my resolutions to run at least twice a week and to eat more vegetables. Eating vegan dinners a few nights a week has helped get in those veggies.

  7. Brandy Fisk permalink
    April 8, 2014

    My resolution was to eat healthier and exercise more. I’m doing much better at eating healthier by meal planning, including tons of fruit and veggies, no red meat except on the weekends when my husband is home and grills, etc. The exercise more resolution comes and goes 🙂

  8. Danielle Porter permalink
    April 8, 2014

    Yeah, definitely not! Mine lasted about 5 weeks, but I didn’t start until about February! lol

  9. laura ari permalink
    April 8, 2014

    I try not to make New Year’s Resolutions because there is so much going on in January. I try to take stock on my birthday and make resolutions then.

  10. Katherine Donovan permalink
    April 8, 2014

    I quit making resolutions about 10 years ago. I rarely could get past 2 weeks of a resolution

  11. Corey Olomon permalink
    April 8, 2014

    I learned a long time ago not to make resolutions!

  12. Wehaf permalink
    April 8, 2014

    I kept mine for over 3 months this year, but I recently feel off the wagon. Time to get back on!

  13. Elizabeth permalink
    April 8, 2014

    I am still making an effort to keep my resolution. It was a resolve to change one of my mindsets. It’s been a bit of a struggle and I did kind of forgot about it for a while, but lately I remembered again and reminded myself why it was so important. It does make a difference when I remember to keep at it. Sorry, didn’t mean to be too cryptic, but it’s personal so I didn’t want to go into more details. 🙂

  14. Blakely permalink
    April 8, 2014

    I didn’t keep my resolution because life got in the way of my change.

  15. Carlyc permalink
    April 8, 2014

    I did not exactly keep my New Years Resolution because it’s always ridiculous ‘goals’ that I set for the hype. I’m able to stick with lifestyle changes when I know I need them while I’m unable to stick with ‘goals’ just to say I have them.

  16. Sarah L permalink
    April 9, 2014

    My goal was to swim 3 times a week, which I have been doing except for Monday when I had a very bad cold. I don’t drink soda, just water, tea and soy milk.
    Thanks for the contest.

  17. Birdiebee permalink
    April 9, 2014

    Yes I have. Mine is to take better care of myself this year to try to get well and I continue to do it daily.

  18. Harmony B permalink
    April 9, 2014

    To be honest I gave up on resolutions years ago.

  19. April 9, 2014

    I didn’t make any resolutions this year so I didn’t have any to break.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  20. Kathlyne permalink
    April 9, 2014

    I didn’t really make resolutions this year, but I have been working toward getting healthier.

  21. Misty Lunceford permalink
    April 9, 2014

    I am still struggling along with mine. Some days are better than others. I at least give it a chance.

  22. Charity L. permalink
    April 9, 2014

    I would love to be entered! I am pretty good about resolutions and this year I have done great! Drinking more water, eating better and exercising more. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Holly Mitkowski permalink
    April 9, 2014

    I have stuck with my resolution to think more positively!

  24. Taryn T. permalink
    April 9, 2014

    I usually don’t keep the resolutions. I need to make more realistic ones, I guess.
    Twitter: taryn221

  25. April 9, 2014

    I made 3 resolutions. One about my blog, one about my health/weight, and one about organizing my home. I am on track with my health/weight, ahead of where I thought I would be with my blog, and moving in the right direction towards organizing. I set resolutions that were very achievable and gave myself a time frame of one year.
    Twitter: Christydenton1

  26. Katrina Mather permalink
    April 9, 2014

    I didn’t keep one for longer than 6 weeks because I didn’t really make a resolution this year. My 2013 resolution was kept for just over 6 weeks (do Yoga 3 times a week) before I got distracted with moving and changing jobs.
    Twitter: trindrgn164

  27. Julie S permalink
    April 10, 2014

    One resolution was to take long walks 3-5 times a week. It lasted about 2 and a half months… then I got busy. Need to make time for exercise but it usually gets pushed when I have a lot going on.
    I also wanted to drink more water and get enough sleep(that’s a tough one for me) and I’m definitely doing good with those resolutions 🙂

  28. Kim Reid permalink
    April 11, 2014

    I was hoping to get more exercise but have not kept my resolution as I wanted to – no willpower!

  29. Lisa Neutel permalink
    April 11, 2014

    Part of it ..yes ..I have been spending more time with my family but I still need to be more active and walk daily
    Twitter: neutkidz

  30. April 11, 2014

    I had foot surgery in December, so my goal was to get back to running by spring. It’s now April, and I’ve got 4 miles under my belt. Slow and steady wins the race!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com
    Twitter: coriwestphal

  31. Kathy Hanley permalink
    April 11, 2014

    Yes! My resolution was to eat healthy and exercise and I’m still working on it every day. It wasn’t just a resolution for me it was a life change for health reasons.
    Twitter: njsunbunny

  32. Angela Saver permalink
    April 11, 2014

    I have kept my resolution so far this year & am sticking with it!

  33. Angela Saver permalink
    April 11, 2014

    I have kept my resolution so far this year & am sticking with it because I am really motivated to be at a healthy weight!

  34. Brandy Davis permalink
    April 11, 2014

    I have kept up with my resolution, of putting myself first sometimes. And it feels great.
    Twitter: tommysbrandy

  35. Jenny permalink
    April 12, 2014

    I usually don’t leav my new years resolution that long since I just want to finish it until new years

  36. Connie Tillman permalink
    April 12, 2014

    This year I made the resolution to pluck the negative influences from our lives – and unfortunately some of those were family. My husband, myself and our 4 kids feel that so far this year has been a positive year not feeding into the drama 🙂

  37. heather permalink
    April 12, 2014

    I didn’t make any resolutions this year, but when I did make them I did stick with them longer than six weeks.

  38. Nicole S permalink
    April 13, 2014

    I NEVER stick with my resolutions. We’re talking 1-2 days max. Ahh I’m so bad! I didn’t even make any this year. lol

  39. Angie Ukena permalink
    April 13, 2014

    I did keep my new years resolution, I am still working out 3 days a week

  40. Laura J permalink
    April 13, 2014

    I have keep mine! Mine was to try to cook and eat healthier in the new year on a tight budget. I try each week….and it has been going fairly well!

  41. Sadie Terry permalink
    April 13, 2014

    I keep mine like a week or 2 lol

  42. Shannon permalink
    April 13, 2014

    I haven’t kept my bigger resolutions for a few years now. I like bad food too much. lol

  43. Baylie Fullmer permalink
    April 13, 2014

    I didn’t make any set resolutions for 2014. I am just working on being a better me. I am happy with the outcome I’ve had thus far.

  44. Kristie D. permalink
    April 13, 2014

    I have not kept my resolutions for 6 weeks but i’m going to start over soon. Promise. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you!

  45. Teresa Thompson permalink
    April 14, 2014

    My resolution was to have daily yoga sessions and no, I haven’t kept it.

  46. Allison S. permalink
    April 14, 2014

    I didn’t make a resolution this year so I guess I’m still making progress at it!

  47. Donna L permalink
    April 14, 2014

    No, I don’t make New Year resolutions. Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. Sheila K. permalink
    April 14, 2014

    I resolved to no longer drink soda, and I have kept to that resolution!

  49. kemberley crosswhite permalink
    April 14, 2014

    yes!! going 3 months strong 😉 I promised myself I would start being more active for my children 🙂 I got a late start lol but I finally got with the program and have stayed on course 🙂

  50. ellen casper permalink
    April 14, 2014

    I don’t make New Years Resolutions because I never keep them.

  51. Claire permalink
    April 14, 2014

    I’m still trying! I’m motivated..

  52. jeremy mclaughlin permalink
    April 14, 2014

    Didn’t make a resolution this year, so guess I am doing good.

  53. Jennifer Webb permalink
    April 14, 2014

    It depends on my New Year’s Resolution. One of my resolutions was no soda and that one is going strong! Another was not to eat and drive (a bad habit) and although I’ve only broken it a handful of times, I don’t think I went a solid 6 weeks with that one.

  54. Sky Evans permalink
    April 14, 2014

    I do keep my resolution longer.

  55. Felicia P permalink
    April 15, 2014

    Yes! I’m so proud of myself! My resolution was to quit smoking and I haven’t had a single cigarette since! 3 1/2 months! The main reason that I quit was for my son. I didn’t want him to grow up thinking it was the thing to do. But it was also for my health, and I haven’t felt this good in years! Yay me!

  56. April 15, 2014

    My New Years Goal was to ride 800 miles, including two centuries on my bike this year. It finally got warm enough in Ohio to start riding and I’m up to 20 miles so far. On a positive note, I got really serious about losing some weight and have lost 16 pounds since the beginning of February.

    mattschmunk at gmail dot com

  57. Stephanie Jamison permalink
    April 15, 2014

    I haven’t keep my resolutions :(. Need to get back on track.

  58. Jena permalink
    April 15, 2014

    I had a few resolutions. Some I’ve done awesome at, others, not so much. One was to read at least one book a month. So far, I’m going strong! Mmm… should probably get started on my April book though… 🙂

  59. kelly mcgrew permalink
    April 15, 2014

    i try to turn my resolutions into life goals instead of a quick and unrealistic resolution. so yes, i usually keep them, but sometimes in due time!! not always right away! lol

  60. wen budro permalink
    April 15, 2014

    I usually don’t keep them that long. This year, I made the resolution small and manageable so I’ve kept it this long.

  61. Missy Marie permalink
    April 15, 2014

    I have, mine was to reduce meat from our diets. The whole family is not 100% on board (yet) it is a bit of a challenge to find alternatives. Lots of salads, bean burritos and fish. I will still do fish.
    Twitter: schutzme37

  62. joe armstrong permalink
    April 15, 2014

    i dont make resolutions but when i did i would keep them

  63. April 15, 2014

    Nope… I sure didn’t.

  64. April 15, 2014

    6 weeks? I am lucky if I last 6 hours! This year I didn’t even make any resolutions. Maybe next year

  65. linda w. permalink
    April 15, 2014

    I wanted to go sugar free this year and it lasted one whole week. I’m a sugar addict.

  66. Tracy Jones permalink
    April 15, 2014

    I lasted about a week. I don’t think I can ever give up my Diet Coke.
    Twitter: tattooprincess3

  67. Lisa R permalink
    April 15, 2014

    I didn’t make one, however I am walking the past week which I have never done before. Its a mile around my development and sometimes I walk twice. Its a start for someone who is 75 lbs overweight, At least that’s what people encouraging me say

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net
    Twitter: sibabe64

  68. Emily Wells permalink
    April 15, 2014

    I didn’t make any resolutions. I *never* keep them, so I don’t even bother anymore, lol

  69. Amanda K permalink
    April 15, 2014

    I don’t make extreme resolutions, like completely limiting something I love or trying to do something I hate every day. I never stick with that kind of resolution! I do much better when take tiny steps. In general, the median path (in between no pop and tons of pop) seems like the best path, for one’s sanity AND one’s health. You need those little treats!

  70. Crystal Gibson permalink
    April 15, 2014

    Resolution was to help my roommate keep custody of his girls.. So far so good but now we have another court date on Friday… Still helping!!

  71. Melinda Stephens permalink
    April 15, 2014

    I never make resolutions, so I don’t have to worry about keeping them.

  72. Jessica Wyatt permalink
    April 15, 2014

    I didn’t even make resolutions this year….so nope! lol

  73. April 15, 2014

    Yes, I have lost 16 pounds so far and keep going!!

  74. Wendy Pesce permalink
    April 15, 2014

    I have stopped making resolutions because honestly I had a really rough fall and winter. My mom was diagnosed with dementia and my focus/resolution has really just been to be there for her every step f the way. My life and my own family have taken a back seat while we try to ease into our “new” way of life of being caregiver to not only my three children but also my mother. A portable charger would be great for those long days at dr appts away from home

  75. April 15, 2014

    I don’t even make New Years Resolutions anymore. It would be all about dieting and losing weight which I would never be able to stick to for 6 weeks. I’m not wanting to set myself up for failure. Instead, I try to make good choices every day.
    Twitter: KathyFleming333

  76. April 15, 2014

    Unfortunately, no, I didn’t. I need to spend more time figuring out what resolutions I REALLY want to keep.

  77. Sue Hull permalink
    April 15, 2014

    I don’t make resolutions anymore because I never follow them through. Lol! I make goals and this year I’m eating better and losing weight. I could really use a phone charger. Thank you for the chance 🙂
    sue-hull64 at comcast dot net

  78. Brynn permalink
    April 16, 2014

    I am proud to say I have stuck to my new years resolutions! I have had a couple of days that I have missed but I am still going strong!

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