Thursday, January 2, 2014

This New Year: I'm saying yes to more

by Mary Jane Maffini

Happy 2014 everyone! 

Last year, I didn’t make diet and exercise resolutions or if I did, there seems to be no record of them! I’m not sure why not, perhaps just too busy.  However, this past year was a great year for me for weight loss and exercise despite that – or maybe because of it. My hubby and I started a walking program and stuck to it and we changed the way we ate.  We didn’t have to feel guilty any time we strayed, because we didn’t have resolutions. We just decided to change things in the middle of the year. (Okay, full disclosure: you have to subtract the entire holiday season from any of our good behavior).

 I’ve decided to make a different kind of resolutions this year: not the kind that bind and bring guilt but ones that say:  let’s put a little more joy and fun into our lives. 

So here are my resolutions:

Read more books and make time to read in the middle of the day!  Yes, you heard me: the MIDDLE of the day.

Learn from small children how to have more fun. 

Cavort with my dogs every day.

Knit more sweaters.

Eat more chocolate.


Note how all these involve more rather than less. 
Somehow I think I’ll keep these resolutions. And I don’t expect any guilty residue. 

What about you? Are you willing to say good-bye to your inner tyrant?  Have you made any fun resolutions?  Will you do more of anything?


Aimee Hix said...

I am doing the same thing, Mary Jane. I'm choosing to focus on the wins and celebrate them instead of kicking myself for the losses. :)

Leann Sweeney said...

I woke up this morning and for some reason, before I read this post, I was thinking that 2014 will be a year of gratitude. I have griped way too much and forgotten how lucky I am!

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Mary Jane, I love this approach. Accentuate the positive, etc. Excellent thinking! One of my friends just e-mailed me to say she's having cherry pie for breakfast (!) so I guess she's on the right track.

Maggie Sefton said...

Great ideas, MJ. Especially eating chocolate and cavorting with dogs. I think I'll take Border Collie mix Katy to visit my mom in the healthcare residence today. Friendly Katy will enjoy visiting other residents too.:)

Grace Koshida said...

Yes, I like your "more" resolutions, esp. reading more books and eating chocolate! Enjoy!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Lovely. We should have a club, Aimee. I do think you are a winner in life.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Good thinking, Leann. I hope your new house will be something to be grateful about (although I know that getting there is NOT half the fun).

We are lucky to have you and grateful for that too, my friend.



Mary Jane Maffini said...

I wonder if it's too late to add pie to my non-resolutions and say that Dr. Mary made me do it.

Always glad to get your point of view.



Mary Jane Maffini said...

Maggie, you will bring a lot of happiness when you do that. You'll leave a lot of endorphins swirling in the air when you and Katy leave after the visit.

Bless you!


Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Grace! I hope you enjoy tons of both in 2014. Keep smiling.



Shel said...

I said goodbye to my inner tyrant (for the most part), years ago. (Actually that probably came with saying goodbye to a few outer tyrants!, LOL). If I have a resolution this year, it's to keep from indulging in too much solitude. And part of that means being a more regular commenter on my favorite cozy blogs! We'll see how I do - and all of you will know!

Aurian said...

I quit making New Year resolutions years ago. I will just enjoy my life and don't regret spending too much on a weekend away or things like that.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I think you're doing very well so far. So glad you commented here.

A big New Year, hug, Shel.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

Words to live by, Aurian. Enjoying life is what it's all about.



Rachelle21 said...

I love your resolutions.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Ha ha. Dr. Mary prescribes some bubbly to 1) celebrate the season and 2) reduce holiday stress, oh, and 3) make deadline hell more tolerable.

Adrienne said...

Reading in the middle of the day - eating more chocolate - PLAYING MORE as I learn from my grand children - and LAUGHING MORE....I love your resolutions or as I like to think of them "paths to happiness". Thanks for sharing and good luck with all your writing! Adrienne in (VERY COLD) Minnesota :-)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Rachelle! I hope I keep them. Hugs,. MJ

Unknown said...

Reading more is always a great new year's resolution! And you can read a lot more and get some exercise while listening to audio books!! But don't buy any. Check your library for CD books or free digital downloads!! That's what I do!! I download great free library books to my iPod touch and then I walk longer because I can't wait to hear what happens next!!