I have never been one for New Years resolutions. I don’t believe that there is only one special time a year you should (re)commit to being healthy or finally crossing something off your bucket list. However, January 1st is as good a day as any to sit down, reflect on the last year and decide on some things you would like to do differently.
The last couple of days I have noticed more and more of our bloggy friends posting about their New Years resolutions. I thought we should jump on that bandwagon. I don’t really consider the list I have come up with to be resolutions though. Wikipedia defines a New Year’s resolution as a commitment that a person makes to one or more lasting personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit.
Some of what I have come up with are just regular ol’ goals that are to be accomplished this year but are not intended to lead to a lasting change. On the other hand, at least one can be considered a reforming of habit. You be the judge I guess. I just want to get the goals down in writing.
Here are our team goals at You Did What With Your Weiner:
- Switch Gretel’s pet insurance and get coverage for Chester – I have waffled long and hard over this one. Is it wiser to pay for health insurance in case something very costly happens or just sock the $60 or so away every month into a rainy day fund for them? Well, to be honest, I am bad at saving money (too many toys to buy). I thought I would go the saving route but in the last 2 years I have managed to set nothing aside. The other advantage to pet insurance is that at $60 a month it would take a few years to to save even a couple of thousand dollars to cover a minor surgery for one dog. I am going to just bite the bullet and get the pet insurance already.
- Put some weight on Chester – Yes, you read that right. He is a little too skinny. You should be able to feel your dog’s ribs but you can clearly see his and the bottom of his ribcage is starting to poke out. Last time we visited the vet she said she would like to see him GAIN a half pound. I already feed him one cup of food a day plus freely flowing treats. That means he is going to score this year in the food department to compensate for all the calories he burns hiking.
- Sit less/don’t be as tied to the computer – This one is pretty much just for me. I have a day job where I sit at a computer all day. Then what do I do? I come home and sit on the couch blogging for a couple of hours every night. I am convinced, and recent studies show, that sitting all day can shorten your life span. I got a lot of things to cross off of my bucket list so I need all of the time I can get. I am going to look into a stand up work station at the office. That will put a major dent in my goal. I am also going to try and be more efficient with my blog time. I got a Galaxy tablet about a month ago so I am going to use that to do my blog commenting during times when I am already sitting – combining tasks when I am sitting at the doctor’s office, riding the ferry, etc. I also may experiment with only commenting on blogs 3 or 4 days a week instead of trying to keep up 7 days a week.
- Climb Mt. Adams – Mt. Adams is the second highest peak in Washington State (11,500 feet). Unlike Mt. Rainier, the first highest peak, you don’t need serous mountain climbing skills to get to the top and dogs are allowed. I have never been up Mt. Adams but I have heard, depending on the snow condition, it can be relatively easy or pretty difficult. Actually, this goal is to climb it twice. The first time will happen for sure. S and I will climb it to scout it out for the dogs. If we think they can make it fine then we will take Chester and Gretel up there. That is going to take a lot of getting in shape….which leads to goal #5.
- Hike more and with a purpose – we already get out at least once a week in the summer but since we will need a lot of training for climbing Mt. Adams we are going to have to start our season earlier and have a progressive plan. We will hike as much as we can this summer, starting small and working up to our goal #4. We will also start tracking our distance and elevation gain on the blog.
- Hold a fundraiser to Benefit Motley Zoo Animal Rescue (where we adopted Gretel) – I have never held one but I am going to learn how. I have been thinking about this for over 6 months and I am going to make it a reality this year. It won’t be huge but I know every little bit counts and once I learn how to do one I can consider expanding it next time.
So that is what we are going to make happen this year for sure. If you have a good suggestion for pet insurance (we are currently looking at Trupanion) or have experience fundraising for animal rescues, any recommendations or tips would be appreciated.
We wish you a happy new year!