I've never been fantastic about making resolutions. I'm good at keeping them, maybe that is why I don't make them. Three years ago, I vowed to do away with diet soda. My addiction was disgusting, I couldn't get from point A to point B without stopping at Chik-fil-a (they carried caffeine free diet coke, my drug of choice). I quit cold turkey and feel like I'm healthier because of it. The long term effects of aspartame, splenda, and other chemically derived sweeteners are not known, and I can't believe I actually craved that stuff. Ga-ross. So that was the last resolution I made...three years ago. Blerg. This year I was feeling curiously like I needed a re-boot and made a list of resolutions and a tracking chart that I taped to our fridge. These endlessing fascinating entries on the blog are my accountability:
1. Memorize one verse a month. By the end of the year I'll have 12 new verses in my heart and mind. January's is Psalm 46. Ahhh be still and know...
2. Change our bed sheets once a week. I've always thought it was once every two weeks until I read Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook. Ew.
3. Run a 15K in 1:15. That's around an 8 minute mile, which isn't very fast at all but it's fast for me. I ran my half marathon with a 10 minute mile so this will be a challenge. My first 15K is in March but I'm not really aiming to run my goal that quickly. My expected finish for that is around 1:30. I think our Olympic team can run a marathon in that time. Go USA!
4. Read one book a month. I love to read but never do. My attention deficet brought on by my iphone has replaced books with facebook and the news. I already finished my book for January (The Great Gatsby, can't wait for the movie!!). Matt and I currently reading Tim Keller's new book about marriage and I bought Mark Driscoll's book "Real Marriage" yesterday. I also got "Swamplandia" which I've heard so many great things about. Any recommendations, let me know.
5. Climb a green route at the rock gym. Matt's brother, Eric, took us to Vertical Ventures while he was home for Christmas and I left the gym wrecked. Seriously, my body and my ego were destroyed. Not only was I terrible and looked like I was constipated the entire time, I discovered I'm scared of heights. Not all heights, just the ones where I'm suspended only by my weakling arms. After a weak of recovery, Matt and I went back and I was worse than before. So discouraging. Two weeks later we went again and I felt great. My arms weren't throbbing until the end (we were there about an hour, taking turns), and I finished almost every route I tried. The routes are marked by difficulty, pink and orange being the easiest. Green is the next stage. My goal this year is to climb a green route. If anyone ever wants to go with me, let me know. It is no fun going alone.