Small Resolutions Can Change Lives

Here it is January 13 and I am already questioning myself on where I am with my resolutions for this year. I am reminded of a true story and how one resolution can change lives forever… Fourteen years ago, there was a great-looking, smart, single 20-something young man who made a New Years resolution that he needed to be more outgoing. On January 4, four days after he made the resolution, it was Saturday night and he went out with his buddies. He challenged himself to go introduce himself to some cute gals at the bar where they were. So he approached a group of three gorgeous women who were chatting away in the middle of a packed dance floor. His initial words to them were, “You gals need to stop talking and start dancing. What are you doing out here if you’re not going to dance?” The end. Well, not really…

That group of women was me and two of my best friends from college and that young man turned out to be the man I married. What’s so ironic in all of this is that I was always one who never liked meeting anyone in bars and that he is not the type for “hitting on girls” in bars.  But, bottom line, we’ve been happily married for 13 years (and hopefully a lifetime to come!) and we have two beautiful children, all thanks to the New Years resolution he made in 1998.

My resolutions for 2012, and ways I hope make them happen, include:

1. Spending more time playing with my kids during the week and make sure to have one-on-one time. This means I need to somehow make more out of my already limited home time. When I cook, it eats into my playtime with the kids. So I aim to make larger portions and freeze meals, which will take me out of the kitchen and enable me to make more forts and build more towers.

2. Loosing the weight that I gained since I started having children. For me, this means trimming in a few areas, such as less lunches out during the work week, higher portion of veggies in every meal, having healthy snacks always on hand at the office, more exercise, etc.

3. Having a night out with my girlfriends at least once a month.

4. Planning ahead for date nights this year whether at home or going out with that cute husband of mine.

What are your 2012 resolutions, and how do you plan to make them stick?  If any include making healthy changes to your life, check out the Mom Made Healthy Pledge.   All of us need the support, regardless of where we are on the ‘healthy scale.’  Small choices and slight changes can have huge impacts!