New Year's Resolutions

On New Year's Eve last year, I contemplated making a resolution.  Now, I have made resolutions at times over the years and have decided that it doesn't work for me.  Whatever thing I commit to lasts for 2 or 3 weeks and then it slowly slips away in to oblivion.  This year though was different because this was the year I was turning 50.  A landmark year. An age of significance.  A symbol of my impending decline?

I wanted this year to be different.  I wanted to finally take all things in hand and finally be the person I knew I was meant to be. Fit, healthy, strong, disciplined and so much more.  I thought it would be great to start running, do some yoga and lose some weight and bring in my notable birthday as an improved version of myself.  This was going to be my year, and overall, I started well.  I started doing yoga in the mornings and I loved it.  I started running, and I was proud of my accomplishments.  I started a weight loss regime and began losing weight.  It was all going according to plan.  And then the realities of my age began creeping in.  I started experiencing more and more hip pain to the point where it was almost constant.  I was exhausted from getting up early to get out for a run before work, but still staying up to the same time at night.  

Then the inevitable happened.  I stopped paying attention to what I was eating, skipped a few yoga sessions, skipped even more running sessions and here I am, 3 months after my birthday looking pretty much the same as I did at Christmas, maybe even a few pounds heavier.  What happened?  Well, I think the same thing happened as usually happens.  I take on too much and I don't take proper care of myself, and surprise, surprise I can't do it all.  Well, I'm 50 now and I want to learn to take care of myself, so I'm going to continue striving for healthy goals.  I still want to be a runner, I still want to continue at yoga and I still plan on losing some weight.  I still want to try and be an active person because I can see that person I want to be, and I'm not going to stop until I get there.  I plan on sharing my health, fitness and diet strategies with you in this blog and I really appreciate feedback so let me know what you think.

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson