The gym is going to be packed this morning with people I've never seen before.
The endless bombardment of weight loss and smoking cessation ads makes me want to eat and smoke.
And really - who has time to organize their closets? That's right up there on the priority list with vacuuming behind the bed and cleaning the refrigerator bins.
Ah, New Years. The time of year when we all set ridiculously high goals for ourselves so that, in a few short weeks time, we can all feel crushing guilt when we fail.
I could, right now, go searching for a few links to articles that will argue a) why New Year's is a good time to make life-changing resolutions, or b) why New Year's is a bad time to make life-changing resolutions. But one of my New Year's resolutions is not to link you readers to stunningly obvious articles that you wouldn't even read in a doctor's waiting room.
So today - before I go to the gym packed with all those people who will only disappear in a month - I will share with you some realistic resolutions that I think I can keep.
1. Instead of promising to keep my temper with my two increasingly clever and challenging children - I promise that in the hours after I yell at them, I'll attempt to have a calm and reasoned discussion with them about why I yelled and why they don't really want me to turn into my mother.
2. Instead of denying myself that piece of chocolate, cookie or beer - I'll just eat or drink it. Who am I kidding. If I'm going to work out every day for an hour-plus, I deserve it!
3. Instead of saving $3.25 by not buying that cup of Starbucks coffee at 4pm on a Thursday afternoon after running the kids from school to guitar lessons to swim team and racing to the store to buy dinner and trying to find a free wi-fi zone in the car to get some work done before I have to pick up the kids again and drive home to fix dinner and get to the PTA meeting at 6:30 --- I'm going to buy that damn cup of coffee!
4. Instead of making sure all the laundry is folded, all my email is answered, my blog is ready for posting and my school auction to-do list complete -- done or not, I'm just going to go to bed by 11.
5. Instead of pummeling myself if the school auction doesn't meet the fundraising goals set for it last year before the economy tanked -- I'm going to rightly blame the recession and hand over the chairmanship of the 2010 auction to someone, anyone, other than me.
Yes, each of these resolutions sports a certain degree of self-interest, which some might call selfishness. But having taken it upon myself to run with the "change" theme that's sweeping the country, I've decided that change in my household and my life is only achievable if I am a happier, better rested and more relaxed camper.
Dare I say this might be the case in many a middle class household - where moms have been "giving it all" and are in desperate need of a little more self-generated TLC. Besides, it doesn't cost a cent.
Things are rough out there in the real world. And the more realistic our expectations, the better chance we have of achieving them, and the happier we'll all be.
I'm off the gym to meet some new people........check in tomorrow as I get back to blogging about marketing, media, and everything mom. That is, if I can get it written by 11pm tonight.