maria | resolution time

During the days following Christmas each year I love to sit down with a pretty new planner and write my goals for the coming year.  There's an excitement and motivation that just naturally comes with the new year and I'm ready to take on whatever comes my way.  Too many goals can often overwhelm me by the time February comes around so I now try to keep these resolutions more simple to act as a guide through out the year.

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1 | Move everyday.  It's easy for me to get caught up with ambitious workout goals and plans (especially at the start of the new year), but these past few years I've learned a bit about myself. I know I get discouraged if I don't run the 5 miles I had planned on or get that strength training in for the week.  I've found that if listen to my body and do what I'm in the mood for I'm much happier (and more likely to challenge myself and get a good workout in).  I've also found I need to be more flexible these days with an 18 month old in charge. So I'll be picking between a good jog, bike ride, swim, pilates or yoga session or maybe even trying something new. 

2 | Eat veggies for every meal.  I know what you're thinking, even breakfast?!  Yep, I'm going for it.  I'm always trying to find ways to eat more vegetables so I thought this might be fun challenge.  I've got my new blender ready to get plenty of spinach and kale loaded in those smoothies and I hope to find even more ways to be creative with adding in vegetables through out the day.

3 | Live in the moment.  I know this may sound cliche but as I think about how I want my life to look this year I want to be enjoying, being in and holding onto each moment.   I can see this helping in so many areas of my life.  I want to be enjoying each moment with my toddler and husband, being more thoughtful with how I spend any free time (I'm thinking more reading that pile of books on my night stand with less time on the internet) and listening to my body to make healthy choices each day.  I plan to make this my little mantra to carry me through 2014.