The blog entries on people’s New Year’s resolutions are, thank God, drawing to an end. The “be all that you should be” pep lectures have almost exhausted my capacity to listen to them.

Natalie Ramsland of Sweetpea Bicycles wrote it just as I was grappling with how to promote a new way of thinking about goals — one that is about loving life rather than beating yourself up — just as I was working with how to encourage a new way of thinking about resolutions. If you are still formulating a plan for your own personal development for the month of January, you should go read that.

A brief overview is presented here. According to Natalie, “the classic formula is to identify an area of perceived weakness, throw some will-power and discipline at it, and see if it makes you a better person.” [Citation needed] “The classic formula is to identify an area of perceived weakness, throw some will-power and discipline at it, and see

Her alternative stance, which is entitled “Live the Life you Already Love,” is both charming and radical.

  • Find something that already brings you joy.
  • Focus on cultivating that one thing more often.
  • Repeat.

That’s More Like It.

When I started my fitness adventure early last year, I knew I wanted to feel better and I was hoping that regular exercise would help. I didn’t expect it to be a necessary part of my week. I never fathomed that getting out and moving would clear my brain fog, steer me away from sugary comfort foods, and make me see myself in a completely different, positive way.

And this bike love thing? Never saw that coming.

Since the end of last year, I have to admit that I’ve been far from disciplined. While my weight hasn’t gone up much, it has increased, and especially during those times when I said I was too busy to exercise.

When I have gotten back in my workout groove, I’m soundly reminded that how much better life seems. And fortunately, my strong, (mostly) toned body welcomes me back.

In 2022, I’m giving myself permission to get in regular, fun workouts of any length or any kind. Trapeze class? Maybe. Sunset rides, hikes, ski outings, and runs? Definitely.

How about you?