Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year

It's New Year's Day of the year when I will turn fifty. My husband keeps asking me why I'm making such a big deal of this (he, too, turns fifty this year). I guess it's because I remember, as a much younger person, looking ahead to 2008 and thinking, I'll be fifty then; I'll be old! Yet, I don't feel old now and I'm more than a little surprised that I'll actually be fifty soon.

With the New Year comes, of course, the New Year's Resolutions. My resolutions aren't much different than they have been for several years: weight loss/control, more time for myself, write more, learn to play the drums. However, this year I feel a bit more pressed about actually making them happen. I know how quickly the years pass by and I realize that at some point I need to actually do these things or I'll be on my deathbed wishing that I'd done more.

After a decade of regular exercise and food management, I took off the month of December. It started with a trip to S. Korea when exercise time was not available. I returned on December 8th and promptly threw out my back so that I wasn't able to exercise for more than a week. At that point I decided to just relax about both exercise and food for the rest of the month. Relax meant that I didn't allow guilt into the picture. It was a blissful time. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted. I spent my early morning hours curled up in a chair with a cup of strong coffee and a book rather than working out in our exercise room. I gained ten pounds and I don't feel bad about it all! However, I was thrilled to jump on the treadmill for 45 minutes this morning and to follow that workout with a brisk walk outside with my husband and my two big dogs. I was also thrilled to eat a healthy, tasty breakfast that fits within my daily nutrition plan. It was good to take time off and to not allow guilty feelings to enter the picture, but it is also good to get back to a lifestyle that promotes the health and wellness I thrive on.

My other resolutions are part of my continuing desire to grow. This blog is a big part of my action plan both to create more time for myself and to write more. I've signed up for a "Girls Rock" weekend in October where I hope to get a chance at the drums, not to mention the drumming I do when my kids and I turn on the Rock Band game on one of my son's game systems. As I approach the age of fifty, I feel so much younger than I thought I would. I feel good about myself, I like who I am and I'm excited to find out who I will be.

8 comments:

Rebekah Christine said...

How can you be 50? You take care of kids like you are 25!!!! Thank you for all you do.

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Kim H. said...

Debbie,
Happy New Year and welcome to the age of the bloggers. I love to write also, I feel like I can express myself so much better in words. It's been so wonderful sharing trips to Korea with you and your daughters. Remember 50 is just a number. I love being 40, I wouldn't go back for a million dollars, would you? Enjoy your day with your family and hello to all! Aloha! ~Kim

Helen said...

Debbie, keep writing. I enjoyed reading your thoughts. We all need more time relaxing in comfortable chairs. Happy New Year to your whole active, wonderful gang.

Gloria said...

Hey, you are not the only to turn 50 this year too! Isn't it surprising how great we feel at this age? I too once though 50 would be so old and look at us! Although of course I could shed a few more pounds. I admire you for starting a blog cuz I love reading them. I don't know if I have the guts or discipline to do one though. I'll be cheering you all the way. Happy New Year to you and your family.

amy said...

My parents always said that "50 is nifty!" I'm excited that you started a blog. I'm looking forward to following your goals for the year. You are a gorgeous woman. We loved the pictures on your Christmas card of your renewals down at the Grand Californian. I thought of you when I opened one of my gifts from Jeff. It is a sign that reads, "All because two people fell in love." Happy New Year!

Sally W. said...

Debbie, What a gift that you have entered my life. I also will be transforming to 50 this year and Wow! I've never been clearer, stronger, less opinionated,more open to a bigger plan and happier. I feel so grateful to walk this path with you and other strong loving souls. I am going to be reading your blog a lot so please keep it up. I just started reading "Giving" by Clinton. You are such a giver! Love and Hugs, Sally

Sally W. said...

Debbie, I am so grateful you entered my life. I will also transform to 50 this year and have never felt stronger, more accepting of myself, more open to a bigger plan, happier, and excited about life, and simply have clearer priorities. What a treat to share Korea with you and your daughter. Please keep writing, let's walk this path together!!! There is nothing more wonderful than being a woman growing wiser with age. Love and Hugs Sally

Sally W. said...

Hi Debbie, clearly I am just learning how this blog thing works! Sorry about the double intros :-))))