Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Happy, Healthy 2011 - Resolutions

I am so happy that 2010 is out the door, 2011 is most welcome and I can't wait to make a fresh start of it.  I’m not the kind to make New Years Resolutions, at least I haven’t in the past.  My one attempt in 2010 was hopelessly dashed when I injured myself in February and spent until August in Physical Therapy.  Sure, I was working out, but it just wasn’t quite what I had had in mind.   I’d pretty much file it under immediate resolution FAIL.

In 2011 I want one thing for my family, health.  As an overall group the six of us spent a ridiculous amount of time ill or injured in 2010 and it just has to stop.  So, in 2011 I resolve to make health a greater part our our life.  I know, I know, I can’t control a lot of that, we don’t live in a plastic bubble and people get sick.  However, I think that there May be some things to do that will improve our overall chances at staying healthy and having fewer injuries.  So therefore I resolve to make some small changes that I hope will have a big impact on our lives.

1. We’ll be going back to the gym.
  Not with a goal to lose weight (though that would be nice) but with the goal of improving our stamina, and building aerobic capacity.  Stronger hearts an lungs for all!

2. I’m going to keep the house cleaner.  Now don’t get too excited here, I don’t want to set myself up for fail, but there are some areas in my home that I think if I cleaned a little more often that perhaps we may be a little healthier.  Extra special attention will be paid to disinfection commonly touched surfaces that I tend to ignore, like light switches, door handles, and the pens in the dry erase cup. A can of Lysol and sweeping an extra time a week should be just a little bit or work that will go a long way.

3. Less eating out.  I’ve cut back a lot in the past two years, but there’s still more work to do.  Healthier food in the fridge that we can grab and go will make everyone a little less sluggish. Lots of natural colors and flavors should give our immune systems a boost.

4. The kids bikes need to be taken in for some repair.  This should cut down a bit on Katie’s injuries if nothing else.  I’m also going to buy her some elbow pads, knee pads, and a helmet. I may have survived childhood without those things, but she doesn’t seem to be doing as well.

So there you have it!  A plan to attempt to improve our health in 2011 by making just a few small changes in out routine.  It may work, it may not, but their noble goals none the less and ones that I think that I can stick to with the whole family.  How will you stay healthy in the coming year?

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2011 for all!


  1. I definitely could have a healthier new year. Adding more fruits and vegis to my diet and cooking healthier meals for my family are also goals of mine. Hoping those changes will make a difference. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  2. That is an excellent plan! We, as a family, resolve to play more video games! We just bought a Kinect a few weeks ago and it's my goal to get everyone on it for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have also, recently, cut out eating out - as you said above! It has helped us feel better and it is helped our budget tremendously!

    I keep foam soap at every sink and we wash our hands EVERY time we come in the house, from being out and about, for 20 seconds with that foam soap and water. No one here is allowed to touch their faces either!

    I have been supplementing us all with Vitamin D drops and that seems to be doing a good job too!

    Good luck in 2011 and I look forward to more blog reads!

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