So do you make New Year’s resolutions? I have. I don’t always, but this year I think I am going to. With birthday number 48 just passing, it has me remembering that next comes 49 and after that birthday number 50. That 5-0 birthday scares me a little…just like birthday 30 scared me. 40 didn’t faze me at all. The big 5-0 makes me think I should have taken better care of myself but then I realized that I should quit thinking about 50 and start living a little better at 48 so 50 can be a little more pleasant. That sounds like a much better plan. The activities and choices we make today have a significant impact on the way we age in the future. So what am I doing to be living a little better at 48 that will help me grow old a little more gracefully? Here’s me, the dogs, and their glow-in-the-dark leashes. Here are my resolutions:
#1 I am going to move more. I didn’t say run marathons….just move more. In the past year or so I have gotten lax in walking. I’ll be honest. I am not good at walking myself but I am really good at walking a dog. Why is that? I think I know. I am a caregiver type. I care for other things but caring for myself…not so much. I’ll walk the dog because it needs to be walked but I’ll give you every excuse I can not to walk just me. So…I plan to keep fostering dogs. They need to be walked so I’ll walk them. That’s my plan for moving more.
#2 I am going to keep taking my medications and keep going to the doctor when I should.
#3 I am going to drink more water…I try for the recommended eight glass… don’t make it and quit altogether. So it’s time for a new goal. 4 glasses of water each and every day…no pop substitutes. I bought myself a bag of lemons so I can have lemon water. That might help. I know four is WAY under the recommendation but if I have a smaller goal of four and always make it, working my way up to five won’t be so hard.
#4 Keep quilting… it just plain makes me happy!! #5 Keep my attitude or gratitude.
So those are my resolutions…with a New Year right around the corner, you’ve probably started thinking about your resolutions – but have you taken into consideration how the activities you chose to participate in now will help you Get Old? Making lofty New Year’s resolutions always make me sad-they typically include deprivation and I can never stick to them. I hope you make some goals-attainable goals-for the New Year. I’d love to have you grow old along with me. What are you doing to Get Old well? Tell us at GetOld.com and join the conversation on Twitter.com/GetOld and Facebook.com/GetOld. I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Pfizer and Get Old. I received compensation for this post. All opinions stated are my own.