Ok, so I know I said no resolutions. But as I was brushing my teeth this morning, I had an epiphany. (Do you find brushing your teeth to be meditational? Somehow the mundane act of brushing allows my mind to wander to places it may not ordinarily go in the hurly-burly of everyday life
Last New Year's, while in a total crocodile-roll with a 6-month sinus infection/allergy attack/bronchitis/chronic cough, I couldn't even fathom attempting to make new habits a priority. Instead, I declared 2011 to be the year of skincare and accessories. I really suck at taking care of my skin and growing up Seventh-Day Adventist, had not the first clue about accessories other than they were the devil's playthings and were used by harlots and loose women. I realized, with a big birthday coming up in 2012 and I'm no longer quite so naive as I used to be, 2011 would be a year of taking care of myself and that included how I look.
The results? I've totally embraced accessories, although I still draw the line at earrings. I'm still learning how to coordinate and goodness knows building a collection takes time and money so I feel like I'm wearing the same things over and over again, but all in all, it's been quite fun.
Skincare? Well, it was a nice thought and I've tried a few different regimes but none that seem to have stuck. They're either too fussy, too expensive, my skin doesn't like them or and there's such a plethora of options out there that it's absolutely paralyzing when it come to making decsions.
An unexpected benefit of being sick for so long? I joined a gym - a very nice gym that I love. It's not one of your Bally's or X-Sport fitness or anything like that. Instead, Galter Life Center is Illinois' first and only Certified Medical Fitness Center. I'm not quite sure what that means except that all the staff are extremely knowledgeable in their fields and are quite pleasant. There's none of that gym-rat feel and not only do they provide fluffy white towels, but their shampoo, conditioner and lotion are all organic! I don't know if because it's affiliated with Swedish Covenant Hospital, but the clientele seem much less concerned with their looks and more concerned with just being healthy in general. It definitely feels more like a wellness center than a gym.
You have to realize that I am exercise-averse. Although I loved being active as a child, always secretly wanting to do team sports but not doing saying anything because I knew my mother's answer...NO! It wasn't that she was against athletics, but since most team sports events and practices were on Saturdays and our religion prohibited any kind of non-religious activity on the Sabbath so sports were a no-go. Then, as I grew up and became an adult then sports became less and less a priority. I still despise any type of machines, instead choosing to participate in the numerous free classes my gym offers. I especially love the yoga and group groove classes. I don't mean to be this to be a total SDA bashfest but Adventists don't believe in dancing (yes, just like Flashdance!) so even though I had danced before, it was always with a guilty feeling. Now, it just seems like lots of fun! I love how they cover all different styles of dance but not in any kind of hyper-intense, get it right or go home sort of way, just a sing-along-if-you-can-manage-it and smile and laugh kind of way.
So that brings me to this year. Like last year, I'm not making any resolutions. I will however make proclamation. 2012 will be the year of bagged lunches and skincare! Yes, I'm going to try for skincare again (looking at a HUGE birthday this year) and the goal of bringing my lunch 3 days a week. Just 3 days. I think I can do it! Then I'll be able to save money, eat hopefully healthier and I will need to cook more often at home and therefore my family will be happier!
So there you have it. My resolutions for 2012.