I Resolve….

2013-01-03 16.04.14I’m not big on New Years resolutions, but it is a good time to evaluate how life is going and changes that could be made.  For instance it’s always a good time to evaluate how I’m doing spiritually and take time to develop or affirm spiritual disciplines like reading the Bible on a daily basis.  Something I’m committed to doing.  If you’re not sure about what plan to use here are several options and I also recently over at Caffeinated Thoughts shared ten tips to consider as you read the Bible.  Be sure to read the comments as there are some additional suggestions.  I know this year I want to pray more frequently and consistently… this aspect of my walk with Christ has been a roller coaster for me and I want to see improvement this year.

One of the problems with New Year’s resolutions is that they are not tangible.  I believe goals should be specific, measurable, and attainable.  The only time that doesn’t fit is faith goals which I put in my prayer journal, not my to-do list.

This year I want to read through the Bible in a year, I missed it last year, but it’s something I’ve done several times.  I also want to not only take time to pray daily – I couple that with reading my Bible, but also maintain an attitude of prayer (pray spontaneously throughout the day).  One is easier to measure than the other.  I also don’t want to become legalistic about this.  I want to do this because I want to spend time with Jesus because I love Him not just something to check off my to do list.

I’ve been a yo-yo when it comes to taking care of myself – exercising daily, eating right, drinking enough water, and getting enough sleep.  I had fallen out of some good habits, started to get it reestablished and then let life get in the way again.  Now that the holidays are over I want to get those reestablished.  Those of you who have known me for awhile knew that I had lost 80 lbs.  I gained quite a bit back, and I want to get back to where I was mainly because I had more energy, I was healthier and I just felt better.  It’s also a stewardship issue for me, and I haven’t been the best steward in this area.  So you’re my accountability partners.

Of course I did read that being overweight does lower my risk of death so maybe…. just kidding.

This year I want to on a weekly basis lift weights three times a week, have cardio exercise three days a week, and six days of the week eat smaller meals (5-6 times a day) with lean protein and a complex carb and vegetables at three of the meals.  This is the Body for Life plan.  It worked for me before so I’ll get to it once again.

I also want to read more… you may find that odd, but really I read more articles and blogs than I do books.  I used to be a voracious reader and in some respects compared to others I probably still am, but not according to my standards.  My work requires a lot of online reading, but I need to set aside time to read actual books you know where I have turn pages (unless I eventually get an iPad and then I’ll read more with the Kindle app, etc… I have it on my phone, but it’s too small for my tastes).  So I’ll start reading more fiction and nonfiction.  My goal for this year is at least two books a month.  I’d like to shoot for a book a week, but I also want to make sure this is attainable so I’ll start off here and see how it goes.

I could say I want to blog more… Ha!  I already blog quite a bit.  I just need to be more organized about it.  I do want to blog 4-5 times a week here.  I also want to develop a content calendar to help keep myself organized and spark ideas about what to write on the various sites where I blog.

I could also resolve to do a backflip every day…. Nah, but this guy accomplished it in 2012.

Whatever floats your boat I guess.  What resolutions (goals) have you made?

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