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My (last) New Year’s Resolution List. Ever.

You know I’ve got this new problem.  It happens every day.  Pretty much every day.  And it doesn’t just annoy me, but my family, my coworkers, my friends.  And most of all.  Me.  It started this year and kind of spiraled out of control until now.  Started out more like a “once in a while” kind of problem, now it’s like an “every freaking day” kind of problem.  I’m putting it out here, in black and white, so I can air it out and move on.


Maybe since it’s coming up on New Year’s Eve, I’ve been thinking about my new problem more.  You know, because it’s only a matter of time before someone says “Hey, what’s your New Year’s resolution this year?” and instead of me saying my typical sarcastic-yet-i-don’t-know-if-anyone-else-thinks-its-funny answer, I’m gonna start exercising and eating healthy, maybe just maybe I’ll actually resolve to fix this problem this year.  Starting January 1st.  Isn’t that how it’s supposed to go?


So here it is.  My new problem that I’m publicly admitting and declaring to work very hard at correcting:


I’m late.  All the time.  To everything.  Just a minute.  Or two.  Five on a bad day.  Not that late, but it sure does seem to annoy people!


That’s definitely New Year’s resolution worthy!  No?






I mean yeah, I should try not to be late anymore.  And I will.  I already started.  But that’s just silly to resolve that I’ll start being on time on the magical date of January 1st.  Only to creep up and be late again right around the time the gyms empty out in mid-February.


Yeah, I need a better resolution than that.


And frankly, I don’t want to go through this process every year.


So instead, I have made my last New Year’s resolution list.  Ever.  This one will be a keeper.  The last one I’ll ever need.  No more after this year.  If issues come up during the year, I’ll just address them on the spot.  No need to wait til January 1st so I have an answer back to everyone’s question that eve.


Here you have it… My last New Year’s Resolution List.  Ever.




Challenge My Body.  I resolve to run.  To cycle.  To lift.  To plank.  To walk.  To keep running.  As much as I choose.  I want to run until my body tells me to stop.  Because it makes me feel good.  It helps me zone out and listen to music, a podcast, nothing at all.  To give my mind break and make my thoughts clear.  To go on mini explorations through my town.  To make me feel alive.  To enjoy fresh air.  To feel the sun.  To run in the rain.  To feel snow hitting my face.


Forget New Year, I can do this today.  You can do this today.


Maybe not tomorrow, but today I can.


I will continue to challenge myself.


And I will.  Will you?


Challenge My Mind.  I resolve to eat right.  To move more.  To see each day as a new day.  Full of new choices.  Whether I make them or not is up to me.  But it’s only up to me.  My mind dictates my health journey.  If I stay fit.  If I eat for energy vs. emotion.  If I choose motivation over pity.  It doesn’t start in the gym.  Not in the kitchen either.  It starts in my mind.  And it starts in yours too.


A healthy, positive lifestyle starts in your mind.  The decision to choose carrots over cake.  The choice to take a walk over a nap.  My choices.  Your choices.  They start in our mind.  We can change that.  It’s up to us what story is written.


What story do you want to write?  It’s up to us.


Challenge My Soul.  I resolve to love myself enough to care about my story.  My health.  My choices.  To think of my health when considering the choices in front of me.  To love my body regardless of size.  Rely on my faith and family to nourish me.  I am worth taking the time to care for my body like the precious possession that it is.  Like the precious possession that yours is.


There you have it.  My last New Year’s resolution list ever.  I feel that’s all that I need.  If I challenge my mind, body and soul to be the best version of me I can be.  What else is there?  Doesn’t it all start from there?


If I’m the best me, I have the energy to be a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, and soon… A MOM!


If I write my story the way I want to see it written, I have the confidence to be a dietitian, a professor, a blogger.


These things are what I resolve to do.


Today, tomorrow, this year, next year.


Forget New Year, I can do this today.  You can do this today.


Maybe not tomorrow, but today I can.


And I will.


Will you?



7 comments on “My (last) New Year’s Resolution List. Ever.

  1. Joyce
    December 29, 2015

    I choose to continue to be active. I choose to continue to eat well.

    And the only thing I am late for is church, mostly because I want to exercise first.


  2. Judy Schetler
    December 29, 2015


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  3. Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet
    December 29, 2015

    The only thing I will ever be on time for is my funeral and I shall probably insist that I am late for that also!
    You are not alone.
    It is a terribly bad habit with very poor manners but I can’t help myself!
    I may resolve this year to spend it being early for a change.
    Yes, that is a good idea.
    Join me?

    Liked by 1 person

    • aschetler
      December 29, 2015

      Haha sure, what the heck. Let’s vow to be early! And by early I mean within 5 minutes before to exactly “on time”. Baby steps…

      Liked by 1 person

      • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet
        December 30, 2015

        Well I have failed this morning but then I don’t think sitting up until two am writing helps my getting out of bed early cause….!

        Liked by 1 person

  4. houseocdfan
    December 30, 2015

    I will take that challenge!! I will endeavour to continue to eat properly, exercise more – my main aim for this year is to run properly… ultimate goal is to take part in a 10k charity run….not sure if that will be this year or and running are not great friends, live life to the full, give my mind and soul room to breathe and grow, do things that I enjoy doing (for me).

    I am always late too! although not for work anymore. my best friend always tells me half an hour before she wants me to be somewhere…..although I don’t believe I am as bad as I used to be. When you have a young family they tend to eat what time you have, I am lucky enough now for mine to have grown and keep their own time.

    Happy New Year!!

    Liked by 1 person

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