1. Rita, me too on the getting through Christmas, first!
      Realistic goals are the way to go – that and calling out the resolution so that my kids check in with me on it. They’re good about reminding me or asking me if I’ve done my “3” things for the day. I secretly think it’s their way to bust MY chops about something. Teens!
      Yes, let’s get together and swear up a storm at the Goodwill bins 😉

    1. Ginger Kay, the brushing really stops me from snacking but I wish it helped more with the potty mouth!
      Thanks, Ginger Kay! Merry Christmas :)

    1. Fabiola, THAT is good resolution, too. Not making excuses. I also like Michelle’s idea below – having a theme for the year.
      Good luck with the walking more – it’s so good for us. We all need to stretch our wings every day.
      Thank you for leaving a comment. Happy New Year!

  1. Diana

    I love this! I’ve been guilty of making resolutions and not keeping them, so I love the idea of making less and doing them. It’s also nice to know I’m not alone in the potty mouth department. I was also much better when our son was young, but since he’s 22, I totally fail.

    1. Diana, I just try and do what I say I’m going to do and one of those is keep my resolutions. Sometimes just saying out loud helps, too.
      And yes, for some reason it was easier to watch my mouth when kids were younger – now the teens get after me! :)
      Thanks, Diana! Happy New Year.

  2. This made me smile. I have consistently low expectations of myself, and even then, I give myself a little slack. I also have a potty mouth. It’s another coping mechanism.

    But the walk around the block.. That would be about a 2 day walk out here. :)
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    1. Heidi,
      I can only imagine the walk around your block! Thankfully, in the city, we have blocks with sidewalks and I can do it rather quickly. Well, that is unless I run into a neighbor and then it can go on and on – we need to chat and catch up on neighborhood news. It’s my favorite form of “twitter” when I go walking and chatting about!
      Happy New Year, my potty mouth blog friend :)

  3. Michelle

    My fun-loving friend and I have been making up yearly “themes” to guide our actions during the last 6 or 7 years. The theme must (roughly) rhyme with the year – wacky, huh?
    “Off the Shelf in 2012” was this year and honestly, I really finished alot of things that I had been putting off (or “on the shelf”), and did some things that I was “saving” for later/a special occassion.
    Next year’s theme was chosen last weekend at our Wine Club holiday party – this is where the best themes are created: “Fit to be seen in 2013!” It is going to mean a little something different to each person, but revolves around fitness. Happy New Year!

    1. Michelle, I love this idea of a theme for the year. Really, it’s very clever and helps put a good spin on what would normally be mundane tasks – okay probably not your tasks but MY tasks!
      The different take for each person is key, too. Every person does have different goals and making it personal instead of generic is a great idea.
      Thanks, Michelle! Happy New Year to you, too.

  4. Great point, Sara. I think you can also make a big goal more realistic by breaking it into manageable chunks and tackling one at a time. I also love Michelle’s idea to have a theme – that makes a lot of sense and guides the everyday decisions toward a goal. Baby steps!
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    1. Annie, I love Michelle’s idea, too. I also am a big believer in breaking things down into little chunks and then accomplishing them. Baby steps is right! That’s the only way to make something a habit is to break into smaller steps – and keep the bar low. Thanks, Annie.

  5. Kris

    Sarah, you make me laugh!

    I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. What I DO do is to commit myself to maintaining a (mostly) healthy lifestyle. I lost 60 pounds 5 years ago (yay Weight Watchers) and since then I have made a monthly commitment to weighing in with them and staying within 2 pounds of my goal weight, and let me tell you, I have had months where I have barely squeaked by! It was a lengthy process for me to get to the point of eating healthy portions and exercising regularly, and it’s all my little brain can do to try to maintain what I have achieved.

    1. Kris, (shouting this out to you) way to go! I’m so impressed and you’ve stuck with it. Committing to a healthy lifestyle is the best New Year’s resolution and life long goal around. Congratulations, Kris. Keep up the good work!
      Happy New Year, too.

  6. I’m with you about the New Year’s Resolutions! I’ve actually started keeping to mine better and better each year and that’s because I’ve made them easier and easier. Rome wasn’t built in a day, right? Step by step I’ll eventually get there.

    One of my resolutions for this year is literally to take my vitamins everyday. How easy is that? I chronically forget and look up to see that I haven’t taken them in a year. Well, this year, hopefully I’ll conquer this easy resolution!
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    1. Melissa, I think that’s an excellent resolution. Yes, take those vitamins everyday! Great job and no, I don’t think that’s easy at all to remember. Here’s I remember to take mine….
      I have a small tray that has 4 small cups on it (one of them is actually a shot glass!) and for dinner, one of us puts vitamins/fish oil in each of the cups and we bring it to the dinner table. That’s how our family “remembers” is with the tray and the cups. Then there’s usually someone who forgets and we say, “who didn’t take their vitamins?” But, since we all have a different cup, we know the answer. Easy and keeps us taking them!
      Good luck! I hope you have a great New Year, too.

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