So this year I am taking a different tack. My quest is going to be for balance in three areas of my life:
Mind, Body, and Spirit.
I start with spirit because that should be my most important focus. If my relationship with God is on track, and I am loving Him, then my spirit will be joyful. If my spirit is joyful that will overflow into the other areas of my life and bring me peace and balance. My intent this year is to pray more, especially for the things out of my control, to rely on God for the things that seem impossible, and to read my Bible from cover to cover. (This was one of my goals last year, but I was not successful. My Trakkers teammate and kindred spirit, Anne, and I are going to support each other in this endeavor.)
As I was looking for a scripture about joy, I came across Galations 5:22-23, which talks about the fruit of the Spirit (as in the Holy Spirit):
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. Maybe I should just stop right here and let this scripture be my New Year's Intention. I am going to put this up on my mirror and, with God's help, let these qualities guide my day.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentlenss and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
The subject of mind for me is going to about controlling my thoughts better. I am going to try not to complain so much. I want to learn to be happy with who I am and what I have in the moment. I want to live more simply in every way, and that starts with being thankful. I found this wonderful quote in a Real Simple magazine:
"Wealth consists not in having great possessions but in having few wants."
Esther de Waal
In many ways this is the easiest for me, in others it is the hardest. I think the easy is obvious...have fun doing triathlons, be true to my training, and smile...
The hard parts, some easier than others...
Nutrition: This past year I made huge strides in nutrition this year. I ate the healthiest I have ever eaten in my life, truly. I want this year to be even better, and for me, that comes down to more self-control and, here's the hard part, balance. I would really love to get to a point in my daily eating that I can splurge now and then without guilt and without splurging too much. I still want to eat less junk and more real food.
Weight: This is also a tricky one for me. I am super healthy and very fit. I want to get to a place this year where that is more important than what I weigh. In the same breath I will say, I would also like to get my body fat % down without obsessing about the numbers on the scale. Is this possible??? We will see.
As I go through my three categories, mind, body, spirit, I realize that there are some specifics that are worth mentioning.
More than anything, this year, I want to be a good mommy to my sons. I want to love them, to be patient with them, to play with them, and to enjoy them.
I want to be a good wife.
I want to be a good friend.
...and here are few things that I would love to accomplish, but if they happen, they happen, if they don't...there is always 2011!!
Have a month where I run at least 100 miles.
See my abs.
Finish a half-ironman under 6 hours.
Run an ultra marathon.
Do some trail running with my friend, Ben.
Get Yoga-fit certified.
Here's to a wonderful 2010...I just love the beginning of the year!!