11 "new year's" resolutions on 11.11.11

Since we’ll be in a foreign land when we usher in the New Year, I decided to make my resolutions today, the 11th of November, 2011, exactly one month (30 days) before we leave for Cambodia. (Not that I can even remember the last New Year’s Resolution I made, let alone kept.)

These are the things I aim to accomplish before I set foot on the plane that will take us from Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL en route to Phnom Penh, Cambodia via Seoul, South Korea on December 11th:

(You will be tempted to shake your head and roll your eyes at the absurd idealism of these resolutions. Go ahead. I’ve lost my mind.)

In the next 30 days, I resolve to:

1. Exercise every day for 30 minutes (including, but not limited to, running). I jogged 2.8 miles today after about a year of zero exercise. I know! I don’t anticipate being able to get out of bed in the morning. Gabe will have to put his anti-embolism stockings on all by himself.

2. Lose 5 pounds. So that my capris from last summer will fit me more like a modest, middle-aged “missionary” and less like a pants-painted-on hoochie mama (which is what I’ve currently got going on when I squeeze into them). And you might think that the exercise will help me toward this goal, but nope. The more I exercise, the more my already-voracious appetite increases. Bah.

3. De-clutter our house once and for all, for the very last and final time. (Did you hear that, no-light-at-the-end-of-the-purging-tunnel Gabe?)

4. Become a buff body-builder, so that my husband (who isn’t supposed to lift more than 10 pounds) doesn’t have to touch any of our ten 50-pound suitcases (or their somewhat lighter carry-on counterparts).

5. Get really good at cooking delicious meals with hardly any sodium, fat, or sugar (my three love languages).

6. Get rid of the rest of my Blushing Bride stash (you can have 1, 2, or 3 for the cost of shipping only–e-mail me).

7. Conquer my anger problem for good (namely with a certain home-schooled daughter I spend every waking moment with).

8. Read my toppling pile of my 40+ library/to-be-reviewed books (actually, they’re stored neatly on a bookcase, but if they were in a pile, they’d be toppling).

9. Schedule (and actually make it to) five dentist appointments (one for each of us, not all for me). Even after almost two years of health insurance, I keep forgetting to take advantage of it.

10. Publish my next e-book (which still doesn’t have a title, but it’s “finished” and I’ve got three critique partners looking at it right now, so that’s something).

11. Fit everything we want to take into our suitcases without going over our allotted 50 pounds each, not forget anything at home, and have a delightful 30-hour trip with no squabbling, boredom, achy muscles, or grouchiness.

Any bets on how many (if any) of these I’ll be able to check off before we leave? (Be nice.) Any resolutions I should add (besides cleaning my bathrooms–boo!)?

24 thoughts on “11 "new year's" resolutions on 11.11.11

  1. Beth in Baltimore

    I have some math books in my possession for you! I had a lovely visit with my friend today and picked them up. Now to ship them to you so you can take them to Cambodia. FYI, they are rather large and heavy! I’m not sure how that will affect packing, but when God provides books he provides ways to get them to the people that need them, right?

  2. Jennifer Ekstrand

    Those goals sound ambitious. I can especially relate to #8. My library keeps getting books that I would like to read faster than I can read them.

  3. Brooke

    as a chubby marathon runner – i share your frustration with the appetite of exercise. thankfully i’m sane enough to recognize the value of exercise for its own sake (sanity probably due to exercise). otherwise i’d be tempted to stop working out to fit into my size 6 stash i just can’t part with.

  4. Lori

    You have surpassed me by MILES in the title of trying do it all. That list exhausted me.
    So….I have a small box of stuff for the boys center and that jumbo suitcase. When would you like it?
    If it’s out of my front room before next weekend when we host T-Day, that would be great 😉
    I’m on a purge day tomorrow. Tell me if you’ll be up by Polaris and want to stop by and get it, or if we should try to come your way.

  5. Gabe Taviano

    I like number 3, LOL. You really do a great job of keeping our place clean. I’m thankful that when we have to “clean up the place” it only takes us less than 5-10 minutes. It wouldn’t be that way without you taking care of it the rest of the time. I’ll bet you conquer at least 5-6 of these in a month.

  6. Sharon W

    I am amazed at how close you are to having #10 accomplished. How can you just crank out a book like that????? It’s mind boggling to me. I’ve always said I wanted to write a book, but here I am years since I first ever had that desire, and no book. Just lots and lots of comments on blogs 😉 Hmm, maybe I could just compile my random blog post comments into a book???

    I’m not saying that’s the only item I think you’ll get done. I think you’ll be able to do most of the others, maybe not every day (exercising, not losing your temper). And from what I hear de-cluttering is an ongoing thing, but I bet you’ll make progress in all areas.

    I’m praying that you get the most important goals accomplished.

    1. Marla Taviano

      Please don’t be amazed. This e-book has been on a loooooong journey. It’s the story of our zoo trip (that ended over 2 years ago) but with a new twist. I’ve never worked on a book longer (with the exception of my first one).

      Thanks for the encouragement and prayers, friend!

  7. Cheryl Pickett

    I will encourage you that #4 is doable. I’ve always tried to do low fat, though sodium & sugar are harder I will grant you. Is Truvia allowed vs. white sugar/corn syrup?

    Also, I don’t know if you guys like salsa, but that might be something you can use a fair amount. My parents also like the Mrs Dash seasonings. Fresh herbs also will give more flavor than dried, so experimenting there may help you replace salt. I hear they like things hot in Thailand, so if hot works for you, you can get some great tips soon 🙂

    1. Marla Taviano

      Sodium is the biggest thing, then fat. He doesn’t necessarily have to cut out all sugar–it’s just a lot of empty calories (and most things with sugar also have lots of sodium).

      And we LOVE salsa. One that we already get from Trader Joe’s is super-low in sodium, and we just switched to unsalted tortilla chips, and we’re good to go.

      1. Cheryl Pickett

        Since salsa is good to go, here’s a good low fat/low salt recipe. Mix a can of black beans, a can of mexicorn (or probably 3/4 bag of frozen, plus chopped green or red peppers, or can low salt regular corn) and about 1/2 cup salsa. Put that in bottom of crock pot. Put about 6 frozen boneless chicken breasts or equivalent tenderloins on top, (or whatever fits) pour over more salsa, enough to cover top and you’re good to go. If no crock pot, you can layer in a 9×13 and bake.

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