It is a new year so that means we are all trying to do something better, change something about ourselves, and of course everyone wants to lose weight…. As I began to think about things in my life and the things I wanted to change - it was hard. This year I have been blessed with so many things - I great job in South Carolina, a wonderful apartment, another fun year with Baylor, a prayerful family who is always there for me, great coworkers, a graduate degree, and so many exciting memories. I figured - nobody ever keeps their new years resolutions anyways why waste my time and I put down the idea.
I came back to it several times thinking I've got to at least participate in the whole New Years Resolution thing… So I tried to think harder - and the more I thought - the more I figured I was blessed enough and I didn't want to change anything about myself. What a thought! Hah! I am so "perfect" nothing needs to be changed. Well, I knew that wasn't true so I went to God - if there was nothing worldy I wanted to change - maybe the Man upstairs wanted to change something about me.
That is the way to go about things right - first consult the world and then consult the Lord… lol - there is item numero uno on my list - focus on God. (not kidding)
As I began to think about it over the course of the last month, I came up with several very interesting and challenging resolutions - except I'm not calling them resolutions, I'm calling them challenges.
I've always been stubborn that way, ask my mom and my sisters, you tell me not to and I most likely will. I don't know why I do, I just do. That is why I am calling them challenges - because I'm not resolving to do anything, I am challenging myself to make a lifestyle change. Here are my challenges:
1. Many of you know my cousin(s) are getting married this summer - 3 of them. Meg is first in April and I am a bridesmaid. Trey is next in June and Jill is last in July. GUess what that means - too many family pictures and I refuse to feel self conscious in them, I want to be proud and happy of the way that I look. So yes, maybe one of my "new years resolutions" is to lose weight - but the real challenge is that I have already bought the bridesmaid dress for my friend's wedding in which I am a bridesmaid in (May 17). Needless-to-say, I have to stay on track until May 17 or else I WILL NOT fit into the dress and the size that I bought. I have to consistently lose about 10-12 pounds a month for the next 4 months to get there. And even then I'm praying it fits - so I have to remain good. More of an ultimatum right?
2. Now I know that a lot of you read my blog and know that I can not wait to get married… I LOVE LOVE. But it has recently become more of an idol in my life. So for the next 6 months (Yes, I said 6 months) I am going to be romantically abstinent. (there will be a blog later this week on what that means). I am very hopeful that this retraining of my brain and my emotions will evolve into a very healthy lifelong mentality.
3. I am going to challenge myself to learn the guitar. There are several nights a week I need something new in my life besides work - so I have enrolled in the Columbia Arts Academy and will be taking a 30 minute lesson every week! :) I'm probably most excited about this one.
4. I am also going to challenge myself to visit Charleston, Charlotte, Augusta, and Savannah while I am living here in Columbia and stay in a bed and breakfast. I have always wanted to do that too!
5. Lastly, and MOST CERTAINLY the bottom of my list - I am going to challenge myself to give up sweets for an entire year. Yes, we have ALL tried it… But I am going to do it! I am challenging myself to give up all sweets. I am not counting peppermints and sweet drinks like sweet tea and my beloved Diet Cranberry Sprite (or jolly ranchers).
I will keep you updated, but as of 10pm on my 2nd day - I have been very strong with all 5 of my challenges. We will see how far I get.