By Kelly Youngblood
As is every year since my late teens, number one on my list was to stop eating like a lumberjack. Well, I ask, how does one do that in a blizzard?
I’ve been in full hibernation mode over here, which means a lot of cooking, baking,tasting, and eating has transpired. Unfortunately, I’ve also adopted the minimal movement rule of hibernation so there’s no chance I’ve worked any of those additional calories off.
The past 72 hours have been nothing but a blur of various meat and pasta dishes, peanut butter cookies, sweatpants, and blankets. Obviously, my resolve to watch my calorie intake has dissolved rather quickly.
My second resolution wasn’t really for me but for my kids. Tired of watching them waste so much of their time on video games, I decided to implement a new rule that limited their electronic use to one hour a day.
Little did I know, we would soon become prisoners in our own home without the possibility of any social interaction beyond our front door for days on end.
To their credit, my kids have embraced all of the non-techie indoor activities presented to them thus far. Play-dough, puzzles, painting, science experiments, snow ice cream, baking, reading, etc.- we did it all during the Blizzard of 2014. But, I’m sure they also overdid it on video games too.
In a moment of weakness, I even signed my son up for a paid membership to an online game known as Club Penguin. Now, he won’t stop talking about his life in this virtual arctic world. I had to point out he didn’t need to play a video game to pretend he lived in a frigid, ice-cold environment.
The truth is, I really didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions for 2014. They just don’t work for me so I gave them up years ago. Maybe if I picked things like never weighing myself again and expanding my wine palate, I would be more successful.
But in my experience, setting a goal on Jan. 1 doesn’t make me any more inclined to accomplish it over the next 12 months. In fact, I think it almost discourages me from doing it.
It’s too much pressure and I feel like I let myself down whenever I flub up. And I will most certainly flub at some point. New Year’s resolutions are just not good for the old self-esteem in my opinion.
Are there things I would like to improve over the next year? Sure. I would like to adopt healthier eating habits. I would like to be more vigilant about how my kids spend their free time so they can appreciate the non-virtual world as much as I do. I’d like to worry less and enjoy more. I’d like to be less of a control freak and more of a let-it-go kind of girl.
There’s definitely room for improvement but I think these are goals I will be working on for the span of my lifetime. I don’t see myself mastering or perfecting any of these goals by Dec. 31 so that I can ring in 2015 with a whole new set of resolutions.
We’re constantly changing and (hopefully) improving ourselves over time. I don’t see any reason to put a deadline or time limit on that process.
Unless it pertains to video games and then, of course, it’s no more than an hour a day.
Kelly is a mom to three wild and wonderful children and a freelance writer for a weekly newspaper. She has lived in the “suburbs” of C-U for more than two decades, but is always finding something new and interesting to do in the area.