Monday, December 26, 2011

New Years Resolutions of 2011 - a review of myself

I was perusing through the past year's posts, considering revisiting this week my five favorite or most commented on posts of 2011. My first, written on January 3rd was about my New Year resolutions. So, how did I do? Let's review.

Here's a snapshot of what I wrote:

This year I resolve to:

- Finally lose those 15 lbs!
- Get healthy and in-shape!
- Have a positive outlook on life
- Teach my children by example
- Inspire my readers

Let's break it down, now.

Resolution #1: Finally lose those 15 lbs - Result: I lost 10lbs this year!
I am thrilled to be 5lbs away from my pre-baby (that is, pre-three-babies) body. I go up and down a couple of pounds, so sometimes I'm only 3lbs shy. The holidays have me at 5! But I'm very pleased and know I'll shed those last 5lbs this coming year.

Resolution #2: Get healthy and in-shape - Result: I am healthy and in better shape than I've been since having children. Exercise is hit and miss with my busy schedule, but I did get into a great routine for awhile until my store opened. I am active throughout the day and try to take a few exercise breaks here and there. This can be anything from stretching when I wake to doing 50 jumping jacks out of the blue to jogging in place while I brush my teeth. I've had a cold or two this year, but overall my health is fantastic.

Resolution #3: Have a positive outlook on life - Result: Most days I do! I am very proud to report that this year I've been more positive than negative and have had a sense of retrieving my pre-parenthood optimistic, happy self. I took myself off the low dose anti-depressant I'd been on since my second was born and I feel much better overall. I'm reading inspirational material from masters of the law of attraction and feeling and thinking emotionally well.

Resolution #4: Teach my children by example - Result: Needs to improve. My honest assessment with this one is that it is an area where I still have a lot of work to do.  I lose my patience too quickly. I shout too much. I tell my children to speak nicely and ask calmly, but the truth is that I often snap at them. There are plenty of reasons, but none of them are good excuses, so I'm going to keep working on this one for as long as it takes!

Resolution #5: Inspire my readers - Result: I did a fair job of this, but am keeping it on my list for the New Year. I feel good about many of the posts I've written. I think my outlook in life has inspired many of you and your kind comments reflect it. The many thank-yous I've received over the year tells me I'm doing something right. I want to continue to keep my blog focused on my journey to a better me - wife, woman, mother and everything else. I want to keep touching you and inspiring you with my journey of self-improvement. Reviews and Giveaways are fun, but rarely inspiring, so my blog will continue to be swayed toward what I learn each day living this life, with just a sprinkling of the other stuff.

Overall results - How do you think I did? What was the one resolution you kept? Which one will be back on your list this year? I'd love to hear about it, so please leave a comment!

Next Post - My New Year Resolutions for 2012. See you soon!


  1. I think you did great. Hey, you did better than me! And most other people. Actually keeping one resolution is hard enough!!

  2. Thank you, Camille! And thanks for visiting. Blogland is QUIET this week!

  3. Congratulations on doing so well with your resolutions. I sometimes listen to John Tesh's radio show, lol, I know cheesy, but sometimes he has a lot of interesting things to say. A couple of years ago he was talking about New Years resolutions and he said that you shouldn't make that many for yourself at once, because it will be hard to keep all of them. I don't know if all that is true, I think it just depends on each person. I only made one last year, which was to get back to the gym,and I failed, lol. It's back on my list this year. I'm suppose to start after the 1st, we'll see what happens. This year I have made lots of resolutions. So, we will see if John Tesh is right. Maybe it's better to have more resolutions. I figure if I have more on my list and accomplish the majority of them and only fail on a few, I won't feel as bad, lol.

    Anyway, you have a wonderful blog and you have definitely inspired me, so I think you can check that one off your's still 2011. I found you on Blog Hop Thursday and am following via GFC and Twitter. If you would like to, be sure to stop by, the blog is kind of on hiatus, while I work on my January issue, but I have been posting occasionally and there are plenty of things to read. The issue will start, hopefully on January 1st. If you would like to follow back, you are more than welcome.



    ps I actually get a lot of inspiration from product reviews, I have found out about a lot of great products and they have encouraged me to try new things and to look for new products to share with my readers.

  4. Thank you for such a great comment, Sarah! I'll be headed over to your site in a moment. I listen to John Tesh radio when I catch it in the car. It's not so cheesy. I appreciate knowing that you get inspired by product reviews. That's helpful knowledge! Thanks for following!

  5. Congrats to you!! I think when we have clear goals like you did it is easier to you did!


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