Running 10K 2008

Because If You Aren’t Late On New Year Resolutions, You Fail Earlier

I’m back mostly because my kids are in school again. Of course, this morning my 7-year-old asked, “When’s Spring Break?”


I’m also looking ahead to 2014, my son. Yes, I know it’s six days after it started, but that keeps me in line with some of last year’s New Year’s resolution.

Lazy New Year's ResolutionHonestly, I’m feeling a little lost about what to do this year. I like setting some goals if only to look back and laugh at myself a few years later when I realized that I didn’t take my kids hiking alone in 2010 because they were stubborn lunatics who either couldn’t walk yet or needed to be carried after 10 minutes of trying to wander off into the woods. PATHS SUCK!

This year, instead of being unrealistic, I forgot to wait until New Year’s Day. Many people have “get in shape” on their list, but we joined a gym after Thanksgiving so I’m already working on becoming stronger and putting on a little weight post-gallbladder-disaster. However, my personal trainer whispers “gain five pounds” when we’re in the gym because I guess it’s embarrassing? I was much more mortified when I said to her, “The last time I was in shape was Spring 2008.”

Running 10K 2008
I’m running the Monument Ave 10K and laughing. That’s about as fit as you can be.

I’ve also began cursing more at the end of 2013 and going to church. I don’t think they’re related, but I plan to stick it out for a few more months before I’m sure about these mofos.

Perhaps I’ll just do the basics: get more sleep, don’t accidentally adopt an extra animal, cook more meals at home, give the benefit of the doubt, write often, learn to teleport.

Of course, “give the benefit of the doubt” was also on my 2010 list along with berating myself for not hiking with an infant and 3-year-old so I’m not so much being unrealistic as sticking to failure. Hooray?

I can’t wait for 2014 to continue starting!

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

8 thoughts to “Because If You Aren’t Late On New Year Resolutions, You Fail Earlier”

  1. Happy New Year! Resolutions are overrated. I hope you have an awesome year. And I want to hear how the no puppy Christmas turned out. (Hope it’s not a sensitive subject.)

    1. Glad you approve biatch. Haha. I will download strava. Right now, I’m more focused on strength training with short bouts walking leading to running cardio. Plus, I’m getting back into yoga again! I wish you could teach my classes.

  2. I’ve never thought about it that way. So if I don’t make resolutions, I am sure to succeed!

    I keep looking at that photo and thinking your back ankle is twisted where it blends in with the person’s foot behind you.

  3. So was there a resolution in there?! I think I might have missed it while I was laughing at church and cursing. I am a closet curser. Swear like truck driver when I’m not in public (not in front of my kids either). I did see that picture of those s’more we made pinned on your sidebar….mmmmm yummy!! I am still on the fence about resolutions. I’ve tried a lot of different ways. To make one. I think if you really want to make a change you will. You don’t need January first to do it. I also think more important then resolution is reflection….mmmm I think I might have to write about that! Thanks for the inspiration. I also wonder if I have ingredients for those s’mores still!??

    1. I like the idea of reflection rather than resolution — seeing what is working and isn’t working and brainstorming new action or inaction. I think that is how I see a new year. Well, plus the flicking people off who make me mad.

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