I was hesitant to make a New Year's resolution this year.

In recent years, I have resolved to do several things in the New Year, including getting my health on track, losing weight, joining a gym, working out every day, eating healthily, terminating unhealthy relationships, building healthy relationships, etc. The list really does go on and on.

So this year, I thought to myself, "I'm not going to make a resolution. I'm going to break it anyway."

I was failing to recognize the meaning of "resolution."

A resolution is just a plan. But a plan won't work without proper effort and persistence. I have to have RESOLVE in order to accomplish my plan, or resolution. 

And as far as I am concerned, I have already gotten a head start on a resolution from years past--I've started trying to take control of my health by losing weight. With almost 25 pounds gone (FOREVER), I am seeing myself in a different light and I really like the person I am becoming. Or should I say, I really like the person I am.  I really believe the person I am today has just been hiding under all these layers. 

But what REALLY lit my fire and inspired me to make this resolution was my body. Specifically, the small dent I saw today in my upper arm--the first signs of muscle. God knows just what you need to keep pushing forward.  (Did I mention how much I love Insanity:Max 30 and I'm only on Day 3?!)

So with that in mind, here are a few things I am dedicating myself to in 2015.
  1. Weigh only at my weigh-ins or for my entrance and exit in DietBets!
  2. Read a book every month for leisure.
  3. Manage my time!
  4. Be and do my absolute best.
Easy, huh?

Well, last night, I got a head start on one item in my resolution: I started reading this awesome book, "How to Have Your Cake & Your Skinny Jeans Too," and in it, there's this very memorable and season-appropriate sentence: 

"Research shows that people are more successful in reaching their goals when they couple optimistic goal-attaining confidence with realistic expectations of a bumpy path along the way."

In the past, I would go hard to accomplish my goal over the first few weeks and then I would completely give up when I hit a bump in the road. But bumps are a part of the road. 

I have hit many bumps in the past few months but I have not given up.  So why I should I stop now?

I've always been taught that I have to want something bad enough for me to go out and get it.

I WANT IT! I've seen results and I want MORE! 

By no means has this been easy.  But I can honestly say it's been worth it!

And so it it is.

I am resolved to accomplish my goals.

2015 is MY year.

Happy New Year!