Not So New Year Resolution! - Goals For The Year - Join Me!

diet exercise goals health resolution Jan 02, 2023

     After doing a lot of reflection lately I am tired of being stuck in ground hogs day mode. I catch myself constantly saying, I’m going to do this and that and be better, and eat healthier… And I always say "tomorrow I’ll start…for real, I’m going to start tomorrow, tomorrow". Always tomorrow… I know it’s the New Year, but I don’t want this to be just a New Year resolution, I want to actually be accountable for my lifestyle so, this isn’t going to be my new year resolution this is just going to be my goal for being a better me for real this time.

     I am telling you, so it will hopefully keep me accountable and help me be more serious, and maybe by saying it out loud and in front of a crowd, I’ll actually stick to it. Feel free to join me so we can do it together because for me it’s a lot easier when you try to eat healthier or exercise with a partner.
In the past I was really good at making a plan and sticking to it. With age, I don’t know if I’m just tired, or mentally drained and feeling like I just don’t care. But I do care. I want to feel better. My kids are 10 and 12 and I want to be active for them and I don’t want to be boring by saying, I’ll just watch or I’ll sit here on the couch and you guys go do whatever lol. I’m in my 40’s and my body is just constantly changing, I am sure it’s peri-menopause. I’m taking supplements now to help with my low energy and motivation and hormones… So far, it’s not doing anything but I’m going to keep taking them and hopefully soon it will start working.
     So far today I had 1 coffee, salad for lunch/dinner, huge bowl of homemade/fresh guacamole, like a huge bowl. Water… My scale does’t work so I don’t know how much I weigh… Oh and I made homemade pomegranate and grape popsicles for later and orange with hint of lime popsicles with nothing else added.

     It’s funny how as kids we want to grow up and do our own thing. We don’t want to listen to our parents tell us what to do or what to eat. But now, as an adult, I wish I didn’t have to think about what’s for breakfast lunch or dinner, and I wish I did have someone nagging me to not eat fast food all the time… But it’s so much easier to eat unhealthier when kids have activities after school… But, I am going to be better. I want to have a long healthy life. I don’t want to be old and not be able to move, which is how I’m feeling now.

     I also see so many people getting cancer or brain tumors or this and that and I don’t know their lifestyle but I constantly think about how our food could be killing us.

     Right now I am at my highest weight. I haven’t changed my eating habits, I don’t eat much and I just keep gaining weight. I do teach and I’m moving a lot, but… it’s not enough. So, I am also going to do a squat challenge, and use light weights and do a water challenge and drink at least the minimum amount of water we should drink. I am horrible at that. I need to do what is right. Food and exercise is key. I know it is, I’ve done it.

     Years ago my son was constantly throwing up. At first I thought it was something he ate, allergies, flu… But it was never consistent. Long story short we found a doctor that does believe in natural ways of healing your body so he suggested we eat paleo. If you aren’t familiar with the paleo diet, it pretty much is eating what was put on the earth, but pretty much nothing that comes in a box. It was hard at first but we were pretty much able to eat the same things we enjoyed eating, but instead of pasta we used spaghetti squash. Instead of tacos with the shell we had tacos with lettuce as the shell. So we did some substituting or found the right brands of foods that didn’t add in a ton of unhealthy ingredients. I’m lucky my kids actually enjoyed eating the dishes I made! I really did too. After a full year, my son was healed, but my husband and I actually lost weight simply by changing what we ate. It was amazing. It melted off, we didn’t lift a finger. But as time went on we would fall into the, oh, it’s the holidays, or I’ll cheat here or there… But when we did, all the weight came back on and so much faster then when we lost it. Ugh. Now that my kids are in many activities after school, it is sooo tempting to just pick something up at fast food or get a snack. From now on though, we are only going to do healthy snacks. If you find the right ones that actually taste good, it’s doable.

     I am going to try to be better at planning my food or preparing it on the weekend, ready for the week. Again, I am saying this out loud so it’s in writing or since this a podcast, it’s recorded, to keep myself accountable. I know I’m not going to be perfect, but I am aiming to be better than what I am now. If you have any tips or tricks I’d love to hear them.

     I want to read more, that’s on my list. I have been pretty good with reading while I’m waiting for my kids while they are at their after school activities. I need to make smart financial decisions. I am constantly picking up things here and there and saying to myself, I might want to use this game or prop in my class… I always get ideas. But then I have to many things and dance is my ultimate passion I just love incorporating kinesthetic learning with dance.

     To also be better, I am going to bite my tongue more. Sometimes I snap at my children or my husband, and I probably shouldn’t have. I’m going to be better. I'm going to be a better Mom, Wife, Teacher, a better me! 

     I also want to take dance class! I’ve been really bad and haven't taken a class in forever. The older I get, the more I am craving some ballet barre work and yoga. When I was younger I never realized how impactful a ballet barre workout can be. After breaking my ankle a year ago, it just feels good to do a plie’ or work on my feet, like tendu’s or eleve’s.

     If you are like me with exercise make sure to not jump in full force. You don’t want to hurt yourself. I did a really easy workout a few weeks ago. I was like, I can do this, that was actually pretty easy. And ended up pulling something in my chest. I thought I was having a hear attack. So I guess I need to go even easier to build up the strength to get to where I want to be. Slow and steady wins the race.

     I know with better health I will be better. I won’t be cranky. I am still trying to figure out why I don’t sleep well. I am always tired and no matter how many hours of sleep I get, I never wake up refreshed. I think I have been tired my whole adult life. And I’m getting more tired as time goes on. I am so tired, that one time in an interview, they asked me… “What’s one word that best describes you?” Guess what I said? Lol, “Tired”. I don’t know why I said that. It’s not that best word that would describe me but, hey I was truthful, I was tired. But I’m tired of being tired so that’s why I am talking about my not so new years resolution because I really want change. I am ready to be the new me. Next year I’ll be 45, so it’s perfect timing.
Let’s be a good example for our children and our students. Let’s help them get in the habit of choosing healthy snacks, exercise.

     So, again I’m saying this to the universe so it WILL HAPPEN, I will be healthier, stronger and a better me by the time I turn 45. So, I pretty much have a year. Please join me so I’m not doing this alone. Again, comment on my social media or send me your story via my website, it’s DeannaClover.com and if you would like I would love to share it on my podcast or blog! Or if you would like to be on my show please message me!

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