Getting Back on Track- New Year’s Resolutions: $2013 in 2013

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I have not forgotten the resolution posts that I started several weeks ago, but I’ve been wrestling with technology. With the clock ticking down, I decided to go ahead and post anyway. I already mentioned one of my resolutions for next year (lose the weight that found me again this fall), but that is the narrowest part of an overall plan I have been working on for a while (my “Fork in the Road”).

So, here is the entire resolution articulated: In 2013 I will continue improving my own life physically, mentally, and emotionally/spiritually, and I will extend that holistic wellness outwards toward others and the planet.

Sounds like I’ve gone straight from narcissism to grandiosity, but let me explain what this looks like: In 2013 I plan to continue having just as much fun exploring healthy eating and new physical challenges, but I am now going to consciously strive to extend the good feelings in any way I can. I follow Marc Hemmingway’s hilarious blog, and I will be starting the year by taking him up on his challenge with a few modifications:

I will exercise, run, walk or bike the equivalent of 2013 kilometres in 2013, and in the process I want to earn $2013.00 for my chosen charity, West Coast Assistance Teams. (The technology I am wrestling with is the fundraising platform giving page that I am trying to set up to take any pledges or donations- I’ll get it sorted before Jan. 1st, though). Update: I have my donation page up and running here. Read my full update here. 2013 kilometres is a tad more than 5.5 km per day throughout the year, which could be quite “do-able” if I only wanted to focus on running or walking. However, I want to try other challenges, too, so I have also allowed other exercise in my challenge. I will count every 10 minutes of hard exercise as 1 km. (for example, if I do a 50 minute “cardio/core” circuit class, I will count that as 5 km). I usually average one km. in about 8.5 minutes when I walk/run races, so I think that is a reasonable equivalent.

So here is the challenge I offer to you: for 2013, do one (or both) of these things:
1) Donate to someone else’s challenge (if 100 people sponsored me for 1 cent per km., they would only need to donate $20.13 and I would reach my goal!)
or:
2) Set up your own 2013 challenge like Marc Hemmingway and I have done, and collect your own funds for the charity of your choice.

Once I’ve sorted out the giving page, I will link to it, and I will also create a page here on my blog that I will update to keep track of my progress. Check back to see how I am doing and also to let me know how you are doing on your resolutions- if I get really clever, maybe I can create an interactive page where we can all share our progress. Also, check out “Run Hemmingway Run” to see how he is doing with his challenge.

Three more days to go (two for some of you!), so get your resolutions out there!

Update: I have my donation page up and running here.
Read my full update here.

Blogging my Way Back to Childhood

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Remember how we pictured adult life as a child? We were going to have so much more freedom; we could reach things on high shelves, go anywhere, eat anything, and stay up as late as we wanted. In other words, we would have the luxury of unrestricted choice in our lives. Kids think that kind of thing would make them deliriously happy.

Well, I’m in my fifties now and I started catching on that it isn’t ever going to be like that. So I had a decision to make; grow old and tired, my world growing ever narrower because I failed to reach my “kid” image of freedom, or change my definition of freedom to find the joy between life’s limits. I’m stubbornly resistant to the thought of merely disintegrating into old age, so I chose the second option. As I began to mindfully put it into practice, my contentment (and acceptance) grew and something else, unexpected and amazing, happened. The limits themselves opened up and possibilities increased.

Join me as I play with life’s possibilities. Together we can change all kinds of limits.