A Doug's Life: A New Year's Resolution Scorecard
The email was quite innocent, really, on a totally different subject. But then the writer jolted me ...
The email was quite innocent, really, on a totally different subject. But then the writer jolted me back to reality with a couple questions about something I had pretty much ignored:
"By the way, did you recover from your injury? How is your diet coming?"
My first thought was, "How does she know about that?" Then I remembered that when you write a column, your life can become an open book. Ah, yes, I thought. I wrote about those things a year ago, in my piece on New Year's resolutions for 2012.
So I guess it was confession time. Just how did I do with those published promises I made to myself a couple months after moving to Menifee?
Before I could look up my Dec. 28, 2011 column on that subject, I felt the ache in my big toe that never really left after my foot surgery a year and a half ago. OK, so I haven't recovered from injury quite like I wanted. Surgery fixed part of the problem, but some days I still limp around like Walter Brennan in a John Wayne movie.
That recovery wasn't really a New Year's resolution. However, I did have some degree of control over my healing, with the diet I had planned. Working out regularly and losing weight? Those were definite goals.
As I realized this, I glanced down at my belly. Hmmm. Failure on that one. The goal was to lose the 15 pounds I had gained since foot surgery. Instead, I gained another 20.
Thus Resolution No. 1 is a holdover from last year -- work out regularly and lose some weight. But let's see how I did on my other resolutions:
Read at least two books a month: Failure. Maybe if I could string together all the college papers I grade and count them as books. Otherwise, nope.
Learn Menifee history: Success. I'm no expert, but I have the motivation to learn and the willingness to get my feet dirty on the old tractor paths. I apologize for anywhere I trespassed to get a photo of some relic up close. Not you, Mrs. Jones.
Grade papers on time: Failure. Well, let me clarify that. They were graded in time to meet the final deadline at the end of the quarter, but not in what I consider a timely manner. Better keep that one on the list for this year.
Take horseback riding lessons: Failure, but I refuse to give up on that one. Keep it on the list, but wait until I lose those 35 pounds. I am against animal cruelty.
Go camping: Failure. Think I'll leave that one off the list until more of my grandkids are old enough to sit with me by the campfire.
Stay focused: Nope. I still walk into a room and forget why I went there. I'd like to keep it on the list, but I need suggestions.
Explore the area on foot: Success, to a point. I've checked out a lot of the territory, but without one foot cooperating, I'm switching to a bike to keep this one on the list.
Work on my family history: