Do you make resolutions? I know some people really do, and, of course, others recycle resolutions year after year. I think either way is fine, practice makes perfect after all.
On New Year’s Day we went to yoga and our instructor started the practice by talking about resolutions, and she framed it a bit differently. She said in the yoga tradition, instead of saying “I will be healthier in 2012” you might say, “I am healthier now.” This is called a San Culpa and it is an intention, and positive affirmation. It is suggested that you repeat the san culpa often so that it becomes absorbed into your being and your way of life.
Heavy, right? Well, what I thought was most interesting about this idea is that it is really tied to what you’re doing in the moment. Notice you don’t say, “I will be” but “I am.” So, if you’ve set a resolution for yourself and perhaps fallen off the wagon already, you can start over right now.
Every year we set new resolutions. But, no one says we can’t resolve to do better, and better every day, every hour, every moment. It’s your resolution, your rules.
It can be tricky to set a resolution for the New Year… here are some ideas to get you started. 26 Ways to do Better in 2012.
I’ll let you know how I do… Which of these, if any, speak loudest to you?
On Saturday night Mark and I went to dinner at Paolo’s (spaghetti dinner, you know) and went to bed at around 11:30pm. I was definitely nervous, nervous about waking up on time, nervous about how cold it would be in the morning, nervous if I had trained enough, or in the right way. Nervous!
Sunday morning at 5am came earlier than I anticipated. But, after a night of much interrupted sleep I was feeling a sense of now or never. I made my pre-race breakfast, oatmeal and almond butter, and a banana and drank, and drank, and drank (lots of water).
If you’re wondering what to wear if you’re running 10 miles and it is 33 degrees outside, you may follow my lead: long leggings (cotton/spandex), a wicking sports bra, a base layer long sleeve t-shirt, a Marmot zip up jacket, and a headband. It is cold at 5am, but around mile 3 it really does start to warm up as evidenced by the trail of jackets, gloves, a shirts on the street.
As I have said, this was my first race. Sometime in the early morning hours as I wandered around the base of the Washington Monument, my nerves dissipated and were replaced with excitement (as well as an urgency to pee – see above about the water). I felt my muscles warm up and relax, and that sense of fear about not being able to do this thing, this race, turned into excitement as a smile spread across my face.
I didn’t run the best race, I got a cramp, I had to walk for a portion. But, I finished. I came running into the finish line as my husband and sister watched and cheered me on and finished in just under 2 hours.
As I ran faster towards the finish line, I wasn’t thinking anything. I was just running (I know, very Forrest Gump). When I crossed I felt everything. I felt salt on my forehead, the cold chill on sweat soaked clothes, and absolute joy. I wasn’t tired. I was proud.
I hope you’ll take some time to make a goal, whatever it is, and train towards it. That feeling at the end, it’s amazing.
Tradition tells us that on New Year’s Eve in addition to making plans, finding an outfit and getting ready you should also take some time for reflection and resolve to do better in the new year. For me something has to give, and it’s usually the resolution part. However, this year was different.
This New Year’s Eve Mark and I were getting married a few weeks later and so charting the year with goals, and plans seemed to be more natural than before.
I will share with you some of my goals for the year, and the progress so far:
- Continue yoga practice so that I can finally touch my heels to the ground in downward dog
|This isn’t me, but that’s the goal.
- Read 1 book a month, this seems fairly achievable, but I need to work on it. I picked up a few duds that derailed this goal…
- Run 5 miles without stopping, this goal was designed so that I could seriously treat myself to a new pair of shoes, at the time it was the Brian Atwood Maniac Pumps
- Bake more and take chances with my baking. This has been a success, as evidenced here, and here, here, and here. A large part of this goal was that with baking, more so than cooking, if you make a mistake it’s obvious; there is no denying a deflated souffle, a dry cake or crumbly cookie. Baking forces you to take a risk with every open and close of the oven door.
- Be published again. This has been perhaps the most personal goal. In my former job I had been establishing myself as an expert in the fashion/premium denim field when it came to fits and what celebrities were wearing. I had been quoted for the AP, In Style, Life & Style and Real Simple – and with every snippet of an article, it was always a thrill. Today I realized that thrill again when I got to write for the DC Ladies blog. This blog is a community of women in their 20’s-30’s-40’s who write on events, travel, food, fitness and life in general. I will be writing there every two weeks about food.
Thank you for being a part of this journey so far, and I’ll keep you updated on that downward dog thing, as I continue…
Things to look forward to this week: The magic of oven dried tomatoes, seriously wow!, homemade pizza party, some more sweet treats, Wedding Wednesday and more!