Happy New Year!


If only my name was Calvin.  Alas, there are days I feel more like Pigpen.

Resolved… I just can’t make a million resolutions that I’ll never keep.  How about just one:  I resolve to try to take better care of myself.  This body is the only one I get, so I need to take better care of it before it completely gives out.

Diet:  It matters what I put in my car’s gas tank, and it matters what type of fuel I put in my own body.  I resolve to pay more attention to using the best fuel.  This includes a good look at what goes into my garden so I can grow most of our produce.

Activity:  I hate “exercise” because it makes me think of running (which I hate), or gyms full of little kids doing jumping jacks (let’s not go there).  I’ll be teaching swimming lessons, and will try to do some laps between classes, but that’s not going to provide as much activity as I really need.  My home gym is great, but it’s in the garage, which is freezing cold this time of year (really, the refrigerator is warmer than the garage).  I’m considering developing a routine that can be done in the nicely heated house on an exercise ball. Dr. Synonymous’ mentions of his Get on the Ball exercise classes sound low-impact and warm, so I’ll look into doing something similar.

Weight:  Not going to worry about it.  Since my rheumy and PT both have said my weight is okay (I think they’re lying), I’m going to concentrate on eating well and getting at least 30 minutes of activity daily.  With any luck, gravity will lessen its hold on me, but I’ll quit worrying about it.

Meds:  After my horrid ordeal with pancreatitis and being off meds for three months for surgery & recovery, it was difficult getting back into the habit of taking all those pills & shots.  Add in a schedule change and additional prescriptions, and things have been less than ideal.  I resolve to resume taking all prescriptions exactly as prescribed.

The resolution is to try.  If I have an off-day, then I resolve to not give up but try again.  This should finally be a resolution I can keep.

Good luck with any resolutions you make!