Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 Intentions

I am always so excited at the beginning of a new year.  I love the idea of starting fresh and pushing onward.  The problem with that is, as an eternal optimist, I inevitably lose steam and and then disappointed in my performance, even if it was quite good.  Several years ago I began making intentions for the new year instead of resolutions.  This has helped, but I still feel like I set myself up for failure. 

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.

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):

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.
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.

Mind

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

Body

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!!

8 comments :

  1. Sounds like a tremendous and exciting year ahead :-) Go you!

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  2. Fantastic intentions, every one of them! I like the way you broke them down too. I'm thinking of mine...

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  3. I believe your spirit will make you successful in all the rest of your endeavors..keep the faith and have a wonderful new year.

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  4. HEy there new friend... I remembered today that you posted about getting a dehydrator and I happen to have one I would like to unload. It is the dehydrator of dehydrators... the excalibur.. 9 tray. email me at lamount03 at gmail if you are interested. I also have a number of raw food books I would be willing to part w. :)

    Good luck in 2010

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  5. lovely thread! love your goals for 2010.

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  6. I think the body, mind, spirit focus is a wonderful way to look at the year ahead and have no doubt focusing on those rather than the "goals" will make the "goals" happen on their own!

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  7. Beautiful, thought-provoking post, Kelly. I have no doubt you will be successful. Glad to hear you're working with Coach Mary - I've followed her blog every day for over a year now and always thought that if I were to pony up for a coach, she'd be the one. Happy New Year!

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  8. I saw your comment on Suzy's blog. Great post and blog, too!

    Hope your heel doesn't give you any more trouble.

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