And I'm ready to reveal my New Year's Resolutions for 2013. Because so far, they're going well!
This year, in order to build momentum, I actually began working on some of my NYRs back in December. So the following list isn't one of priorities, it's the order I began implementing my 2013 New Year's Resolutions.
1. Discipline my children with no emotion and no talking, using the 1-2-3 Magic method.
Frankly, I get far too emotionally involved when my kids disobey. I need to learn not to get angry or aggro with my kids when I am disappointed or frustrated by what they do. I've read dozens of parenting books, both Christian and secular, and this is the only one that has really helped me to control myself before I seek to exert control over my children. It's really helping me to be self-disciplined as well as be my children's disciplinarian. I heartily recommend it to others. (Oh, and yes, my kids are behaving much better and responding much more quickly and meekly to our directions, since Jeff and I started using the method back at the beginning of December 2012.)
2. Fall more in love with Jesus, by reading my Bible every day and blogging about it at Following the Star.
3. Make healthy eating choices today, so I can be healthy tomorrow, starting with juicing through January.
|My favourite juice: Green Chinese|
|Our fridge full of healthy choice food|
4. Move more today, so I can move well tomorrow, starting with Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred DVD in January.
I have a collection of Jillian's DVDs and have used several. Some I haven't yet felt brave (or fit) enough to try. 30 Day Shred is my favourite so far. There are three levels of 22 minute workouts to be done in my own home with no more equipment than a TV and DVD player, sneakers, an exercise mat, and a small set of hand weights. All of which I have. So I have no excuses! I'm hoping that after doing these workouts consistently in January, I might be able to tackle some of Jillian's longer workout DVDs that are still shrink-wrapped in my DVD cupboard.
I've also enrolled in the WA Dept of Education VacSwim program, to do my Bronze Medallion course. It's all about water safety and preparing for the moment I hope I never have to face: when someone I love is in danger in the water. So I'm in the pool swimming each day along with my kids as they work on achieving their VacSwim levels.