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Resolutions: Exercise, Love, and My Parents’ Stuff


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Thank you, Linda Hill, for today’s Stream of Consciousness post: “resolution.” I do need to write down my goals for the new year, so this is convenient. Playing around with the word, resolution, and resisting the urge to look it up, cause who cares, I had not noticed before that it is made up of re and solution. Like I’m going to solve this problem one more time. Again.  I did it before.  I lost weight before, and I’ve been healthier before. Of course, I’ve also been less healthy than I am now. But I do know how to get these extra pounds off. I worked a program many years ago and got thin. Running was like floating then, not sloshing. But getting back to the positive, my primary resolution/goal this year is to be healthy.  Since I got married five years ago, the pounds have crept up on me. Hubby, too.

So, here’s the plan: I’m resolving to exercise 30 minutes a day. I might not do it every day. But if I shoot for every day, I figure I’ll get five days a week. But what if I really did exercise 30 minutes every day? Wouldn’t that be cool? Maybe there will be a week when that happens. I’m going to put a smiley face on my calendar for each day I meet the goal. That worked for me in the past. My exercise can be walking, swimming, or yoga, or anything else, but those are the most likely ones. I also want to work on decreasing sugar, but I’m not going to resolve to do that. Gonna focus on the exercise. I’ve noticed I have a harder time singing while walking at church where I sing in the choir and we process down the aisle. I get out of breath. Scary. That’s my motivation along with clothes fitting better.

Resolution number 2 is to nurture my relationship with my husband. Do fun stuff. Don’t take him for granted, which I don’t when I stop and think how thankful I am for him. Look into his eyes more often. Let myself be silly and playful, even when he is serious. Except when there’s a good reason for him to be serious. I want to go hiking with him and go see the new Star Wars movie.

Resolution number 3. Dang. I forgot it. What was it? I had it a few minutes ago before I started thinking about hiking and Star Wars. Oh, yeah. I am going to get serious about going through my parent’s stuff at their old house. I need to go there about once a week. It would be easier if it wasn’t an hour away, but I can do this by not getting on the computer (except while eating breakfast) on the days I plan to go there. If I get into the computer/internet world, too much time is lost. I have specific tasks and rooms to work on, and I’m starting to feel less overwhelmed and more satisfied when I accomplish a task. Like yesterday, I went through some old vinyl records and decided which to keep and which to give away. I listened to old Henry Mancini songs and Captain and Tennille on the old turntable. It was weird but in a nice nostalgic way.

Okay, that’s it. There are other things I want to work on with writing and art, but I’m not writing them down, and this post is long enough. Thanks for reading!

Happy New Year!

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1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or simply a single word to get your started.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

15 thoughts on “Resolutions: Exercise, Love, and My Parents’ Stuff

  1. Those are very good goals, JoAnna. I wish you success and happiness.

  2. I’m with you on the daily exercise, although I will be happy if I make it to the gym or yoga 3-4 times a week. Have a wonderful 2018, JoAnna, and keep going with your resolutions.

  3. Haha, I love this. I always love your SOCs. They always contain wisdom, and often a good little laugh. I laughed when you forgot the third one because you were thinking of the second – hiking and Star Wars. These are all great resolutions, ones I need as well. Sounds like the second one for you deserves the most time because you wanted to stay in it before thinking of your parents’ house. The moon, apparently, is full on the first and is a super moon, so even more energy toward anything you vision for, especially on New Year’s Eve. Happy visioning and I hope your whole year is full of beautiful surprises…and your whole life for that matter. 🙂 ❤

    • Thank you for this insight and support, Mary. I’m glad you laughed. I thought the post was too serious. I tend to write them late at night on Friday and posted this right after midnight, But sometimes I think I’m funnier in the late morning. We will see. But funny is not always who I am. I really appreciate you picking up on wanting to stay with #2 and the tip on the moon. I’ll be sure to look for it. I hope your new year is wonderful! ❤

  4. I love this! Need to get myself motivated to do some writing so I can participate. Happy New Year!

  5. Best wishes with your resolutions! Wishing you and yours a new year filled with peace and joy!

  6. Great goals, Joanna. If you make it 5 days a week that *would* be outstanding, what a great change for your health. Good luck!

  7. Henry Mancini on the turntable, Oh Em Gee, that’s a nice one. Suddenly I’m five and I smell a pipe. Thank you.
    I put little red check marks on dates I work out at the gym, or swim, or walk miles, or do yoga. My goal is always 25 days. I always meet my goal. Turn the month with pride. You can totally do that.
    Just knowing how you WANT to nurture your relationship counts as an achievement. You’ll ace that one, too. 🙂

  8. Sounds like you have plenty to resolve 😉 I had a post for the New Year…and then yesterday passed…and today is almost done…maybe time management should be on my list 😉
    Many blessings to you, Joanna. May this year be filled with wonderful things! 💜

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