Have you broken any resolutions yet? Set new goals?

Here’s the thing about resolutions.  I break them.  I mean, not in the “oh screw it, it’s been 4 days, gimme chocolate” kind of way, but more of a “oh, right. I fully intended to create time in my schedule do to things just for me and kept pushing that further and further back” so here we are in early February and I’ve stuck to…well, none of my resolutions.  Instead of being all upset with myself, because HEY! GUESS WHAT? I’m human!  I’ve decided I’m going to just work towards the goals. 

I’m also going to share my goals with you.  Maybe if I do that I’ll feel accountable.  So my goals, so that I can “Build a Better Year” for myself and my family in 2013:

Do more as a family- travel, play, hike, explore, movies, whatever.  But all 5 of us.  (Notice I’m not specifying frequency)

Move.  (I am not talking about moving my home.  I’m talking about my body.  I’m not going to entertain the idea of 6 days a week at the gym.  Although laughing at the suggestion would last as long as a workout, I’m sure, and probably burn some calories in the meantime!?)

Run a 5k.  Twice. Please note, when I say “run” I mean on my terms…which for most of the human race would be more of a “perky walk” but it’s motion and it’s how I roll (or how my rolls move?) and it gets me towards that healthier goal. I’m signed up for the Color Me Rad race April 27th in Hartford (My team name: Perky Walkers”) and if you are local, come join me!  I can’t promise speed but I can almost guarantee you’ll have a blast.  My second race (or maybe more, but let’s not be hasty. I like attainable goals) will be in November, for Jamie’s Run.

Be healthier. There’s never going to be a time in my life I don’t want chocolate. I’m accepting it.  I’m embracing it.  But I want to choose a healthier option sometimes.  So that’s my goal.  Being healthier is kind of a generalized goal so lots can fall under this goal.  More chances to be successful, you know?

Do more crafty stuff.  I love crafty stuff, and I need to do more.  With and without the kids.  It’s a great outlet.

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  • I have broken some, then again I didn’t want to make any for the same reason, so I made goals. I am slow now, but hopefully will pick up soon 😉

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  • I don’t make them because I don’t follow through.I just tell myself to do the best I can at what I want to do.

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  • Well, I haven’t broke mine yet, but I certainly haven’t been keeping up on it! That’s okay though, my goal is to finish before May, so I still have time…

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  • I’ve kind of slacked on my goals 🙁 although, I wanted to finally start my blog and I’m in the right direction now! I also wanted to read at least 5 books a month and well I haven’t even read through half of one (sad, I know)

    I made the list in my phone, so I need to keep up with it and look at it from time to time to remind myself.

    I like your goals. They’re simple yet can be effective.

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  • So far so good, keeping my resolution to go to the gym.

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  • Ive been keeping mine to lose 30lbs im 8lbs down =)

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  • I didn’t make any resolutions, so I haven’t broke any! I do want to start volunteering more at animal shelters.

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  • I don’t make resolutions though I probably should and would if I had a little motivation from loved ones.

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  • I make monthly goals now and write them at my blog for accountability!

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  • Sounds great! Love the “perky walk” and it sounds way more fun than running!

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  • I don’t make firm resolutions, but I do a type of goal setting not on New Year’s Eve but on my birthday. They say your birthday is the start of your personal New Year so you should goal set then, and I really liked that when I heard it and still do it that way! My birthday is in April so I will re-visit my goals then.

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  • keep mine so far! 🙂

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  • No i haven’t

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  • i never make resolutions because i break them all!!

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  • Ive kept one about catching up on some bills… yea me.

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  • Maintain my good health, give time for myself and enjoy life. Be happy everyday wake up with good smile till going to bed. Enjoy good quality time with my two loving daughters.

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  • I tried to eat healhier, but it not going so go. So I’m trying to eat healthy day to day.

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  • Sadly I didn’t make resolutions this year 🙁

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  • I’ve never finished my resolutions, so I did not make any this year! I just try the best to stay healthy!
    Thank You for sharing this interesting topic!

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  • You go girl! No I don’t make resolutions because I know I won’t keep them anyway. I’m eating better so I can be healthier.

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  • I love the post my mom always said strive to make your goals but if you fail you can always start over

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  • My goal was to live for the today & not worry about the tomorrow. I’m getting a little better at it I think 😉 although it’s a struggle!

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  • My goal was to get to be me pre pregnancy weight again. I am NOT there but still working at it.

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  • I really didn’t set any resolutions for myself….I set resolutions for me to help my husband with and that’s for him to quit smoking and to just be more healthy…they were both in the back of my mind at the beginning of the year but both have become major desires as of recent as he’s been in the hospital since 21 January for several cardiac issues and so I feel it’s more important than ever and when we finally get home, which will hopefully be real soon, I plan to put everything in to helping him realize these goals….especially quitting smoking as his lungs are already suffering (so much fluid was removed during one surgery, we were told the bottom of his lungs were collapsing) so Its fairly essential that he not pick them back up when we get out of here!

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  • I still have to do mine, hopefully to stay in shape!

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  • My resolution is to be more patient with the human race…I know it sounds bad right..? I dont judge , I just get upset and disappointed with others…
    willdebbie97 at yahoo dot com

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  • I don’t make resolutions anymore. I try to change my lifestyle as needed without setting crazy goals I can’t accomplish.

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  • Resolutions set themselves up to be broken at some point, so I generally don’t make them. But in general, I am always trying to make sure to have as much quality family time as possible.

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  • We have decided to get up & get healthy unplugged as much as possible, walks bike riding, playground, when weather is ok. On days we where the weather is not good we play Xbox & Wii. We not only need to be physically healthy, but spending family time is just as important to our health.

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  • Yes I have. I stopped drinking a bottle of water in the a.m. rather than diet soda. I also stopped using by stepper. So much for weight loss.

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  • well my goal was to eat healthier, but so far I haven’t been doing too good!

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  • i didnt make any but did say i wanna be healthier

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  • I don’t really like to make resolutions for New Years. I just know that there are things that I want to accomplish or do to improve myself. I don’t necessarily make them on New Years, I make them when they enter my life. As far as “breaking” them, I don’t want to think any goal I set for myself has been broken. Just that I haven’t yet reached it, which is not a bad thing unless I give up trying.

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  • I have a daily resolution and that is to do the best I can with what I have to work with to be the best me I can be. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • I didn’t make any so I did not have any to break

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  • OF COURSE!!!!! I’ve broke every resolution I’ve made. 🙁 Hopefully when I get back from vacation I’ll get on track again.

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  • I’m not very good at keeping resolutions so I try not to make them. The ones I’ve made in the past I’ve never kept! LOL!

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  • Don’t make resolution anymore because I just got frustrated when I could not keep them. Instead I trust that God will guide me as I walk with Him.

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  • no I havent!

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  • I made a resolution to be kinder, gentler and more patient with others. I found myself so angry at people’s meanness and insensitivity that I forgot my number one mantra: Everyone has a story. I am trying a new one: It is what it is.

    I’m doing better but I am not perfect and hey, maybe that should be another mantra!

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  • I did not make any resolutions this year.

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  • I’m doing pretty well actually. Down 10 lbs, haven’t had a sip of wine, and I’ve flossed everyday except one. 3 out of 4 going pretty well!

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    • Go you!

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  • I don’t really make resolutions but if I did it would probably be to lose all this extra weight- said as I am eating girl scout cookies:(

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    • Um…calories don’t count on valentines day?

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  • I don’t make resolutions, because I don’t like beating myself up over breaking them…I’m going to join WW when I get my tax refund.

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  • I didn’t really have resolutions so I won’t have anything to break. LOL! But I honestly want to slim down this year. 🙂

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  • thank you for a chance to win!

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  • I made a resolution to stop being late. I think I broke it on day two 🙁

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  • I honestly didn’t make a resolution at all. Just goals. So far I am making my goals!

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  • I don’t make any any more. I am not breaking any. There is no more guilt. I follow what I feel is best for me.

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  • Not broken yet still working on them.

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  • it’s so easy to find excuses & put things off – maybe tomorrow.

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  • im still hoping to do mine! i said i would birth this baby naturally in may/june.

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  • Yes, unfortunately. I have not started exercising the way that I had planned.

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  • i set what seems like an easy one..to take my vitamin…but i’ve still missed days

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  • I didn’t set any resolutions this year. Good luck on your goals.

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  • i honestly done make them anymore.

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  • I’m doing pretty good. I wanted to eat more healthily and so far so good

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  • No resolutions this year. I never keep em anyway.

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  • I make them and break them! This year I am trying to set reasonable goals!

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  • No true resolutions for me… am praying that I can become better with my finances and my organization/cleaning skills.

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  • I stopped making resolutions a long time ago. I made a goal to get more organized this year and I’m sure I will make more goals as the year goes on.

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  • no resolutions -just take it one day at a time

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  • i don’t make new year resolutions..

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  • No, but mine weren’t absolute or rigid. So they’re still intact!
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

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  • I don’t make resolutions any more because I have broken every one, every year…. I wish I had more ambition to actually make and keep them!

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  • My only resolution has been to watch less news because it put me in a depressed mood. I haven’t broken it yet. Other than the weather I only watch the news when something big happens.

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  • Mine is to move more- and then I broke my hand so I havent started yet. My day will come unless I mange to break something else.

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  • My only resolution was to continue to eat healthier and buy more all natural and organic foods. The buying more all natural and organic is going well surprisingly…it’s the eating healthier that I keep stumbling on! Way too much fast food! Lent starts Wednesday and fast food is what I am giving up so it should be easier to eat healthy! LOL

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  • lol, tried to keep running, but only did it for about 2 weeks.cx

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  • I was going to excersize 3 times a week… I’m almost up to one… okay thats a lie I’m nowhere near one haha.

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  • I didn’t make any resolutions this year. I did start a new budget system, because the old one wasn’t working. I had been using computer programs to keep track of spending, but I didn’t know how to break down purchases into different categories. This wasn’t helping me to be accountable for everything we buy. I’ve gone back (old school) to a notebook and using a pencil to record every purchase. When the money’s gone, I’ll know why 🙂

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  • my goals were to lose 10 lbs and get back in shape. which i have not startd yet. i also had goals to finish my mother’s trust, sell my 3 properties, which i now have realtors on all of them, and go thru things to take to auction, which i am now doing.

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  • I resolved to get more sleep but the baby says no and she’s the boss 🙁

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    • Babies skew resolutions for sure!

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  • My resolution is to eat healthy and so far I am doing good with it

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  • I have. My goal was not to waste food. We have. More than I care to admit. I grew up in a big family and make WAaaay too much food for meals. Then we use for leftovers so I don’t have to cook a big meal every single night. And we forget about food til its too old to eat. Pathetic when we know we are wasting money we don’t HAVE to waste! Plus makes me feel bad. Also, my second goal was to get our house organized and finish projects. still not feeling well enough to do most yet but I WILL get to it!

    Good luck to you girl…you can do this! I agree, you need to actually NAME the goal instead of just doing a general one. Like for me, get those bathroom walls done I peeled wallpaper from in early NOVEMBER and now sits. A plan. A plan. A plan.. my new mantra

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  • I’ve broken it down so I don’t overwhelm myself.

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  • I wanted to eat more healthy food and drink more water.

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  • I broke them fast but am going to get back on track!

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  • I made resolutions to drink more water and eat more servings of fruits and veggies everyday – there were a few days where I didn’t get them in, but for the most part I’ve actually stuck to it so far, so hopefully it continues!

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  • I made resolutions to eat healthier and exercise moe and I am slowly slowly doing them

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  • I made a resolution to try to buy local and support local businesses..I have cheated a bit by shopping at Walmart a couple of times but on the whole I’ve kept my resolution.

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  • I didn’t really make any resolutions this year… I do have a few “goals” for the year though. Things like get better organized in a lot of aspects – around the house, our activities, meal planning, etc. Spend more time with my mom, its so easy to let things become too busy that we miss out on time with those we love, after my dads unexpected passing – I don’t want to miss moments with those i love… and I know my mom would LOVE to see the kids more, so I’ve made an effort to invite her along for even little things or just stopping by to visit her, even if we only have 30 minutes.

    So far so good here… I do need to spend a bit more time organizing a few rooms in the house though.

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  • I made the resolution to eat healthier in 2013. So far I have NOT done so good. 🙁 Why is eating healthier an losing weight such a difficult hurdle to get over? UGH! I HATE it!

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  • My only real goal was to keep up with my running. I started last summer unable to run a mile without stopping to rest. In November I was able to run 10.5 miles without a single walk break. I need to stick with it.

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  • My resolution is to get back in shape and so far I slacking but know I will get back on track

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  • My Resolutions is to exercise 30 minutes a day by walking my dog, so far I have been doing this. Also to eat healthier by adding vegetables at dinner, and to stay away from snack foods. I have been doing good so far!

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  • My only resolution was to be more patient and I messed that up about 9 days after New Year’s when I had a mini-meltdown over the kids dirtying up a ton of dishes and leaving them.

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  • You are doing great! I think each person has to set resolutions on their own terms. My NY resolutions is to be happy! I also need to lose weight (nothing big) and get better sugar levels (I am diabetic type 1). Each day may mean something different, cut sugar from my coffee, no dessert, eat more fruit. etc.

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  • Good for you!! And a perky walk def counts bc what matters is that youre out there and that youre trying. Im trying to do my first 5k this year too. getting in shape for that is my resolution

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  • I have made a resolution to become more organized now that we just had our second baby. I planned on making more schedules and meal plans… but wanting to sleep has taken precedence thus far! Once little one starts sleeping more thru the night I can start my planning.

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  • I don’t really do resolutions, but I have been making progress toward some long term career goals this year!

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  • I was going to try and walk in my neighborhood more often but it’s been too cold lately!

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  • The only resolution I have ever been able to keep was one I made a few years ago to not make anymore resolutions! However, i have been “cleaning up’ our diet over the past several years with some success. This year I am going to work on reducing the amount of sugar we eat/drink.

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  • No resolutions for me, I never make them.

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  • I didn’t set resolutions this year. I am pretty happy with the way my life is now!

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  • I decided not to make resolutions this year because I too, break them. I have broken them for years so instead of feeling bad about it, I gave up making them.

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  • I make a resolution every Sunday to start a diet every Monday… It lasts till about 10 am.. :0/

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    • LOL Cassie!

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  • No resolutions for me..I try to set goals throughout the year.

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  • It’s never too late to start or restart your resolutions if it was something important to you. Keep up the good work!

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  • One, I want to say GOOD FOR YOU!!! I hate “resolutions” because to me they are like do or die kind of things. If I don’t make them I don’t fail and since failure is such a self esteem buster for me I would rather not set myself up for something I won’t accomplish. I rather like saying, I’ve made some goals. I liken that to weight loss. I used to weigh 430 lbs. but now I weigh 165. It didn’t happen in a year or even in two or three. I started losing weight in 1999 and now FOURTEEN years later I weigh 165-175 on any given day. There have been ups and downs, good days and bad days, but it’s been a HUGE accomplishment (btw, my lowest was 155, but it is too hard for me to maintain that especially with all my lose and excess skin that the insurance companywon’t pay to have removed because they consider it “cosmetic”….don’t get me started). I could write a book, but that’s not a goal or even something I want to do. I don’t mind talking about it though. It’s been a journey.

    Anyway, like I was saying, good for you. I think your goals are reasonable and wonderful. Even I cannot ‘run’ a 5K though I could walk it.Finding more time and spending more time crafting. LOVE that one. And just to be healthier. That’s a great one. I need to adopt this one too.

    As for Visa gift cards. Who cares if you were compensated or not? I LOVE them and I love giving them. They are awesome. Whereas I used to send money in cards, no longer. I use the cards. Oh sure, it’s still like money, but the recipient likes getting a card. Most I think because when I get a card I don’t just use it for groceries or everyone else. I tend to put it in my wallet and use it just for me.

    Keep on movin’ mama. You’re doing great.
    Maddie

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  • I love talking about goals .. and breaking them! 😉

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  • I put it this way every yr or every time I try to make a resolution like say stop spending so much money on my Starbucks coffee two times a day one in the morning one in the day or tooooo stop drinking regular soda pop. I always fail and feel horrible! So I say if it is meant to be it will happen I don’t need a new yr to start a good habit if it is in the cards from god for me to do! I will do it thats all oh yeah by the way real quick I keep trying to sign the no mas petition for the contest and I keep getting an error I keep doing it I don’t want to get disqualified I submitted it but not sure if my signature went through I did it like ten times so sorry

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    • You are so tight we don’t need a new year to start a good habit. Good reminder.

      No you aren’t going to be disqualified!

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      • Right not tight!

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        • thanks lol don’t know whats wrong with the no mas sight for the petition wanted to sign but it wouldn’t continue

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  • Well said! I just gave a lesson on this!

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  • Great post!

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  • I didn’t make any resolutions. Just focusing on my family! I do plan to get on a diet and exercise after I have the baby

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  • I like to make small ones as I go so I don’t feel the pressure that I am not accomplishing it.

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  • I said I was going to cut back on drinking diet pop, and I have, but recently I haven’t been doing so great with it. I did tell myself I would drink less instead of cutting it out all together because I knew that wouldn’t happen. 🙂

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  • I had a resolution to make it to church every Sunday, so far I have missed 1 Sunday but I am still going to keep at it 🙂

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  • I still haven’t MADE my new year resolutions. 😛 I do know I want to lose this baby weight and get back in shape this year.
    I played the instant-win game and instant-lost, but I’ll keep comin’ back to do it! 😉 Visa gift cards are always welcome!

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  • I didn’t really make any resolutions but have some new goals on my life list! Good luck with the races!

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  • I haven’t ‘broken’ my resolutions exactly, but I haven’t tried as hard as I should. So I haven’t totally given up just yet… still time to get on track. And great prizes to win, thanks for the info.

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  • Sure have! Was going to start my “diet” but havent yet lol

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