Here we are in a new year, and it’s always easy to say that we’re going to change things as the year starts, but sometimes you have a feeling that things really are about to change. I feel like this is one of those years for me. I’m not looking to make huge changes, but I am planning to take better care of myself. Normally, I’m not big on resolutions, but I’ve actually been trying to get over the hurdle of inertia for a couple of months now and I figure now is as good a time to kick myself in the seat of the pants as any.
One reason to be more health conscious arrived in my life yesterday afternoon. While I was doing some work upstairs straightening up my studio area, I got a phone call from my stepmom. My dad is in the hospital waiting to find out if he’ll need emergency surgery to remove a blockage in his intestine. They are hoping the issue will resolve itself, and I’ll refrain from being more graphic, and that surgery can be avoided. I know that it was hard for my stepmom, sister and me to keep straight faces when my dad was told that it would be the only time someone told him that being able to fart is a good thing. Suffice it to say that I realize that there are some things I am genetically predisposed to, but I also know that I can postpone the effects of some of those things through a better lifestyle.
I’ve also been motivated more this year by Jessica at You Did What With Your Wiener with her 30/30 Challenge. If she can walk thirty minutes with her dogs every day in January in Oregon, then Bunny and I can do it in Illinois. It should get us in good shape for the Idita Walk in February, too. After that, Pamela at Something Wagging This Way Comes mentioned that January is National Train Your Dog Month and she challenged her readers to do things with their dogs to strengthen their bond. It’s like these people know I can’t resist a challenge or something!
I think that the key factor in getting out there is a sense that I’m not doing it alone. I can be competitive, but more than that, I dislike being left behind. I also like the fact that Bunny and I can do this together. Blueberry looked at me like I’d grown a second head when I asked her, and Morgan and Küster would drag me down the street on an icy day. Bunny is patient and enthusiastic enough to be a great walking partner, though. She’ll make me do my own walking, which is what I really need.
So, I have my new pink Fitbit, I have a plan of action and I have motivation. Now I just have to keep going. Times like this are when I miss Treat, our first Greyhound, who would hound me relentlessly every day to take a walk no matter what the weather was. Bunny isn’t as pushy, but she is always happy to go when I start getting ready. Today we’re starting things off with our annual New Year’s Day hike and we’ll see what happens from there.
I hope that 2013 brings everyone good health, happiness and prosperity. We welcomed the New Year with a nice dinner out and then watching fireworks over the river, then went home to watch the ball drop on TV with the dogs. It was a nice way to say good bye to 2012 and welcome 2013 in. Whatever it is that you’re hoping for, may you find it this year. From right now, there is only forward to look.