Happy New New Year
For nearly 20 years, I have made 10 lists of 10 things I want change or accomplish in the upcoming year. Not sure what precipitated this tradition? Maybe it was my love of making lists! That thrill I get from physically crossing an item off my to-do list!
My resolutions are always organized by theme.
- 10 ways to a healthy me;
- 10 books to read (probably only one I actually accomplish);
- 10 decluttering projects to tackle; and
- 10 Spiritual practices to adopt, etc.
Some Things Never Change
De-cluttering last Summer, I found old journals containing previous years’ lists. It was funny (or maybe a little sad) how many items carried from year to year. The lists included such things as:
- ways to lose weight;
- create more family time;
- people to reconnect with; and
- get out of debt!
The Autumn Reset
Last September, I felt a desire to revisit my New Year’s Resolutions. As Summer wraps up and the calendar fills with new activity, I want to take a fresh look at my resolutions. The timing is perfect. I enter Autumn refreshed and refocused. As opposed to frazzled in January following the hustle of the holidays.
So, here I am at September, recharged and ready to roll! How about you?
A Healthier Me
Battling weight and food issues since the age of 9, “10 Ways to Lose Weight” is a constant goal. My first Autumn reset? Renaming this goal to “10 Ways to a Healthy Me.” Experiencing another Weight Watchers failure, I had to admit my AD/HD and tracking are incompatible. It is time to wave the white flag on WW.
The second Autumn reset is on how I will approach food.
After two years of battling multiple food sensitivities – gluten, dairy and sulfites (2018 Update: now add soy, almonds, and corn) – I am looking at ways to be mindful of what I eat. Aware I need to work on my portion control issue I went searching for something that better suited me. I discovered Intermittent Fasting (IF). Although many versions of IF exist, I am settling on the 16/8 variation. Which means fasting for 16 hours and consuming food within an 8 hour window each day.
Two months in and I have lost only a few pounds (2018 Update: Rebooting this fast along with a health coach to see if I can’t heal my Leaky Gut). That may seem discouraging but any month I’ve not gained weight, I am happy. Adhering to the philosophy that slow progress leads to permanent change. The 16/8 Intermittent Fast serves a dual purpose. It aids my Spiritual Goal to incorporate fasting with my prayer. A daily fast is easier than I expected. The new IF eating plan produces spiritual fruit for me to feast upon. “Fail” days are minimal. I don’t feel deprived which positively affects my emotional well-being!
Autumn Reset #3 also covers two resolutions.
With the weather cooling down enough for being outside, it is time to resurrect my Rosary Walks. This Autumn there is a bit of a hesitation because two homes were built in my backyard over the Summer. If one neighbor thinks I am nuts, three may be enough to have me committed. Though being a fool for Christ has never been a hindrance before!
The walking assists with my healthy me goal. The Rosary aligns with my daily prayer target. My secondary goal is a54-Day Rosary Novena for Peace in the World. (2018 Update: While I failed to complete the 54-Day Rosary for Our Nation – I am planning on being a part of Rosary Coast-to-Coast on October 7th, and I will try another 54-Day Rosary Novena soon. Most powerful prayer I’ve ever prayed #TrueStory), aside from the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. I just love the treasury of prayer in the Catholic faith!
Our Blessed Mother words to the children of Fatima a 100 years ago continues to encourage me to pray the Rosary. My anxious heart seeks the comfort and hope the Rosary offers regarding the end to the threat of war.
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