As part of my Ambassadorship with fitmixer, I’m asked to write monthly posts that focus on healthy living and fitness.  The prompt for this month:  Share your health and fitness New Year’s Resolutions for 2013. 

Consider me stumped.

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Because I don’t make New Year’s resolutions.

Please understand.  I have absolutely NOTHING against resolutions.  Most everyone around me makes them, especially my clients.

They just don’t work for me.

If you haven’t noticed already, I’m a goal-oriented, very focused person.  I get things done.  I have lists that help with that, my house is immaculately clean, and I pride myself in being a person that “gets things done”.  If a Type A person ever existed, I’m her.  My entire life is a GOAL SHEET.

So for a person who already puts a lot of pressure on herself, extra “resolutions” and I don’t mix.  And you’ll read WHY below.

Last New Year’s Day 2012, I wrote this:  (and it remains true today…especially the GOAL.)

Resolutions….

They just don’t sit well with me.  I either

a) fail to complete said goal (because I’ve made too many of them)

..or b) take my goal to an extreme (diet/exercise usually).

So I just don’t go there.

Now that I downed goal setting, I will say one thing that I want to do better.  Every year and every day.

BE MORE PRESENT.

Particularly when it comes to my parenting.

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These years are FLEETING! I want to get down on the floor and roll around. I want to get sucked into Henry’s imaginary world. I want to respond with more than a non-committal “Oh, really” when Henry asks, “Did ya see that, Mom? Did ya see?” Because “Oh, really” isn’t even an appropriate response to that question.

So that’s my un-goal goal.

I won’t fail.

I just can’t.

I’d like to say I succeeded at this goal.  That I’m taking the steps necessary to FOCUS.  Like with everything in life, I know that I can always do better.

And that’s what resolutions are all about. BEING BETTER.  Being cognizant of the fact that you probably need to change something your life.  You can always do/be/say things/think BETTER.

Hey!

Maybe I like resolutions after all.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

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fitmixer is all about making YOU better!  That’s why they’ve teamed up with me to give away a FREE entry into their upcoming Boot Camp!!  It starts January 14th, so sign up now!  My sister has already signed up for it – I’m so excited for her!  I think this is one of the best online programs I’ve seen (I also love Tina’s BBB!).

The prize:  One FREE entry into the fitmixer Boot Camp, starting January 14th (Value: $150!)

To Enter:  Comment below and tell me one of your New Year’s resolutions (if you make them) OR tell me one thing you want for Christmas.

Bonus Entry:  Tweet the following or share this post on Facebook.  Leave a comment telling me that you shared!

I want to go to @fitmixer Boot Camp!  Giveaway today on @lindsays_list!  Go here to enter: http://wp.me/p1Mp21-3xL #giveaway #fitmixer

Giveaway runs from today until next Monday night, the 17th!  Good luck, my friends!

splendid…lindsay

  1. stephanie says:

    I have two resolutions so far for 2013…first is to not stress out if I fall off the healthy wagon. There is always tomorrow. Second is to be more patient with my boys…they are only kids and I need to remember that

  2. Laurel says:

    I do not believe in New Year’s Resolutions. I think they are a recipe for disaster with my obsessive self. My goal is to be more comfortable with myself and accept myself to be a good role model to my daughter.

  3. Mary says:

    Resolutions? I gave up on them because I always feel like a failure when I don’t complete them! But The unspoken resolution every year is to improve myself in some way-no matter how small!

  4. Jo says:

    I don’t really like to make Resolutions as far as workouts/eating goes – I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing! I would like to work on becoming more confident and being comfortable in my skin.

  5. Lauren M. says:

    I am not a huge fan of new years resolutions either. Therefore, one thing I am asking for for Christmas is a gym membership to a new gym. My current gym doesn’t offer any fitness classes and I would love to take up spinning again and also try new classes such as bodypump and pilates!

  6. Chelsea says:

    I usually don’t really make resolutions…I try to make weekly/monthly goals throughout the year! One thing I want for Christmas is some at home workout equipment! I have some things, but would love to add a few sets of dumbbells to make at home strength workouts even easier :)

  7. Ashley Pomes says:

    I really don’t make resolutions each year. I really just think about what I want for the upcoming year and how I want to achieve it but don’t put pressure on myself or set any goals. For example, one thing I want for next year is to participate more in life. I want to not sit on the sidelines or watch life from my computer. I want to be active in everything I do and be out there doing things.

  8. Danica @ It's Progression says:

    I’ve made new year’s resolutions for the past 2 years now and they worked out fantastically! Apparently I’m one of those long-term goal-oriented people, as long as I make them specific for myself :) One of my fitness goals for 2013 will definitely include running at least 3 half marathons. It’s a love I’ve found that I thought would never be for me.

  9. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen says:

    I am SO glad you posted this. I, too, dislike resolutions, because I think sometimes we get caught up in trying to change ourselves to meet some idea of what we ‘should’ be rather than just accept ourselves for who we are.

    I need to be more present, but I also need to make some changes. I don’t think, however, that declaring a change–in life, behavior, whatever–needs to happen on the first day of a new year. [If we waited to make changes until a new year comes around, well, we’d all be pretty stuck, wouldn’t we?] Declaring a ‘resolution’–no matter how loudly or quietly–does set you up for criticism, either from others or yourself, should the new behavior, plan, etc. not quite measure up to what you thought.

    This post also made me go back and find a post I’d written in a similar vein—you always seem to make me nostalgic–and remember that it is OK not to be perfect. :) [I am not pimping out my blog, but if you care to read it… http://www.thesmartkitchenblog.com/2012/01/new-year-same-you.html%5D

  10. lorie says:

    I would love to do this bootcamp and it would help me with being present with my kids as I could do it from home. I just want to stay mindful and focused on Him so out of that overflow I can be a better mom. I have more of a prayer that I can feel His love so I can love better.

  11. Shelly says:

    I don’t like to make New Year’s resolutions either. Instead I like to make healthy lifestyle choices throughout the year. I’m hoping to get a Bosu ball for Christmas!!

  12. Sharla says:

    I want a Garmin for Christmas and luckily my genius husband charged it to our joint checking account so I know I’m getting one! Haha!

  13. Shelly says:

    I’m like you and find that New Years resolutions don’t work for me. Instead I just try to find ways to better myself throughout the year. The main thing I want for Christmas is a Bosu ball for my workout room!

  14. Sara says:

    I’d love to win this getaway! One of my resolutions is to really think about and evaluate a big decision I need to make regarding continuing grad school. It is overwhelming!!

  15. Colette says:

    I’m not big on resolutions, but this will be my first full year out of grad school so I want to take time to really focus on my career and personal growth without the excuse of being too busy with grad work (which I recognize is a terrible excuse)!

  16. Meghan @ After the Ivy League says:

    One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to discover my passion. It’s gonna be a hard one, but I need to find mine and have more direction in my life/career goals. As far as being more present, I couldn’t agree more, I love this quote “the days are long, but the years are short”. Gotta appreciate these moments!

  17. Joy says:

    Man I’m a failure at this…
    I don’t make New Years resolutions (they heighten my OCD out of control)
    I don’t ask for or want Christmas gifts – I ask people to donate to a charity instead. It’s not as altruistic as that sounds, A – I’d rather people in need get things B- I live in a little house and clutter causes me stress beyond words! But my nieces pieces make me gifts and I love those! Last year katy made me a pocketbook out of wool that was supposed to be a hat but it was HUGE it was the best laugh we’ve had in a long time

  18. Adrienne @ Happy Ramblings says:

    I haven’t thought much about my New Year’s Resolution because usually I fail at them, but this year I accomplished a big one which was I quit smoking and began my journey into fitness! In 2013 my resolution is to continue to improve my level of health and fitness, as well as studying to become a group fitness instructor or personal trainer!

  19. Emily says:

    Oh man, I’ve been dying to join up with the Fitmixer bootcamp! Zero funds for that right now, so this would be amazing.

    I’m in the same boat as you, I do not make new year’s resolutions. In the light of the terrible event in Connecticut this afternoon, I’m definitely going to make a “squeeze my baby girl as long as possible” goal for today and everyday.

  20. Kristen says:

    I really just want to continue to live and enjoy the moments that I have and to continue to work on loving myself more. I had lost someone that I loved and could have spent my life with in 2012 and one of the things we followed, in our short time together, was it’s the moments that count. We won’t remember the day of the week or the exact date, but we will remember those moments and how precious life is. Sorry for the sad, but it is what I need to remember to become stronger.

  21. Cassie says:

    My new years resolution is to love myself more. This is so hard for me but I sincerely want to treat myself better and accept me for me.

  22. Jentry Nielsen says:

    I try not to make too many resolutions either, I don’t really get the point as if you want to change something why not do it now, why do we need to wait for the new year! But I think that timeline works well for some people!
    I do start nursing school in January and told myself I am going to prioritize my time better when it comes to working out and school by being able to fit both in! So I guess if I had to choose a resolution that would be it! :)

  23. Maggie says:

    My new years resolution is to get my student loans paid off this year. Its a lofty goal, but it would feel so great to not have to worry about them anymore!

  24. Jamie says:

    One thing I asked for is a foam roller! I’m trying to be more consistent with exercising, and I’m always so sore after a strength workout that I end up quitting my routine because I’m so sore! I love that the foam roller is like a personal masseuse!

  25. Emily says:

    I don’t make reservations either; they’re not for me! I know it’s cliche, but I just want my family to all be together for Christmas. It’s been a rough year, and some wonderful Christmas memories will really help us all!

  26. Andrea says:

    One thing I want for Christmas: Snow. :)

    I am with you – I need to be more present with my family. My youngest will soon be 5 (in February) and I can’t believe it. I need time to stop.

  27. Beccalou says:

    One of my goals in the coming year is to work every day on my spiritual fitness with the commitment and dedication that I have given to my physical fitness. I want to learn to be still and really listen to God.

  28. Amy says:

    I love your New Years goal! My kids are 2 and 4, and each day is an adventure! Seeing the world through the eyes of my children is what I definitely want to focus on.

  29. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast says:

    I LOVE your passion to be present. I’m type A too, and it is way too easy to multi-task when we’re playing at home. I have to set aside time every day to get on her level and really interact.
    Fitmixer sounds fun! I just signed up for Tina’s, but I’ll help spread the word…

  30. Lee says:

    My resolution seems easy but it’s actually going to be pretty hard – stop eating so much freakin’ stevia. And um, also get pregnant again. Though I don’t know if that counts as a resolution.

  31. KimberlyLois says:

    One of my resolutions is to love myself more! I want to be healthy- body, HEART and SPIRIT (definitely a continual work in progress ;) ) SO that’s basically my only resolution :)

  32. lindsay says:

    i am right there with you with that goal. and i don’t make resolutions either. Your parenting and be present with definitely be a blessing to henry and clara. And an inspiration to other. I’d like to be more present with my day and focus on God’s Glory and blessings, yes even in the midst of hardships. I’d like to break down barriers and walk with boldness. Be present, be BOLD, be BIG in GLORY!

  33. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance says:

    Yay–I’d love to win this giveaway! I don’t ever make any super epic New Year’s Resolutions, but I usually come up with a couple of goals that I’d like to focus on. For example, last year’s was to work on my posture. I haven’t thought too much about this year’s yet, but I might continue that goal because, while I have seen improvement, my posture still isn’t where I’d like it to be. :)

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