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You Don’t Need The First Of January To Start Over December 26, 2013

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The best lines: “Just promise yourself that you will take full control of your life, and keep that promise. That’s all the resolution that you need.”

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I have probably made—and broken—over 20 New Year’s Resolutions in my life; 2014 will undoubtedly be no different.

On Thanksgiving I lay awake for hours, imagining what the next year would be like. I explored all the opportunities that 2014 would bring me, the clean slate I would have, how I would start over.

Then it hit me—there are no real do-overs in life. If becoming a new, better person was so easy, we’d all be angels by now, earning whiter wings every new year. We’d beat out Apple for records of the latest improved model ever—for instance, I would be Me v. 24S or 25.0.

But it’s nowhere near that easy. January 1st isn’t a ticket to a better life.

I pulled a lot of shit this year. Did a lot of crazy stunts that I can’t even begin to explain, much less apologize for. I made some new…

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A Universally Appealing Christmas Song December 25, 2013

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There are a lot of Christmas songs out there, to state an obvious fact. Some are better than others for a variety of reasons. The lyrics to the song, the artist — the usual reasons for liking or not liking any song.

José Feliciano - Feliz NavidadThis holiday season, though, I’ve realized there’s one song that everyone seems to like … and seemingly cannot resist singing when hearing it.

“Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano.

My discovery of this began several weeks ago, at Walmart of all places. Christmas music was playing rather loudly overhead as I made my way through the grocery section — just the usual, forgotten-moments-after-you-hear-them songs. Until “Feliz Navidad” came on. As I continued along, most everyone I saw was either bobbing his or her head along or singing, especially the title words. Any age, any race, male or female — didn’t matter. Everyone was listening and into the song.

The other night, I learned the same thing was true with my nieces. At ages 9, 11 and 15, there isn’t much they can agree on — yet all three were singing along when this song came on as we were driving out looking at Christmas lights. (Another discovery: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” is also a uniting factor for them, as we listened to that over and over.) Monday, with just my 11-year-old niece with me, she wanted to listen to “Feliz Navidad” on repeat like we’d done with Mariah the night before.

Whether it’s the upbeat nature of the song, the Spanish and English lyrics, Feliciano’s performance or the combination of all three, it really is fantastic. And as you watch this video, you’ll see just what I mean in the shots of the crowd and even the other musicians. (Also, that’s Maria Shriver about 1:48 into the video, right? Singing along, of course.)

So, today, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas to all — from the bottom of my heart!

Four Days into the 30-Day Pushup Challenge … December 4, 2013

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And I have one word: ouch.

Which is pretty much what I expected.

30-day-push-up-challengeThe good news: I have done 100 pushups every day of December so far. I wouldn’t say they are easier yet — Sunday was actually the easiest, likely because my arms didn’t hurt. Monday I struggled because they did hurt. The past two days, my muscles ache to start with but then feel OK as I go along.

Progress!

Although I look nothing like the woman in the photo when I do them. Maybe on Dec. 31. Ha!

Crazy to do this? Probably. But at least it’s some physical activity. And, as long as I was doing the 100 pushups, yesterday I did 100 crunches too. Today too. So, more soreness — but at least from something productive.

Which is good, since my gym clothes and shoes are still sitting in a bag on an extra chair in my office at work. Which is why at least doing something — and something I can do at home, without having to go elsewhere — is better than just one more excuse why I can’t go to the Y after work tonight to walk or ride the bike or do the elliptical.

For four days so far, no excuses on pushups.

Oh, Christmas Tree … At the End of a Busy Holiday Weekend December 1, 2013

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Here it is, Dec. 1. And I did not blog for all 30 days in November, although I did for 19. That’s an accomplishment in itself!

At the end of this long Thanksgiving weekend, I have more I would like to write. But it’s after 10 p.m. and today was long and hectic. So I’ve enjoyed just sitting in the light from the now-up-and-decorated Christmas tree, since that was part of today’s busyness. (And it’s perfectly acceptable to decorate for Christmas now that Thanksgiving is over — remember, I’m a believer in one holiday at a time!)

Christmas treeIn scrolling through Facebook tonight, I also found something I could do in December that would definitely be pushing myself (no pun intended at all): a 30-day push-up challenge.

Sure, it’s the holiday season and I really don’t need one more thing I have to do. But at least this one’s a positive — and one I completely control myself.

I have not been exercising at all, though plenty of intentions to do so. And this requires nothing more than just getting on the floor and doing it — plus knee push-ups (which are all I can do right now) are absolutely acceptable!

So I did four sets of 25 push-ups tonight, with not much rest in between. Going back to the Y’s fitness boot camp days, I never minded doing push-ups and back then did reach a point where I could do “real” ones. That will be my goal. Actually, just doing them consistently is my real goal.

Plus doing push-ups by the light of the Christmas tree is something I can only do this month. And anything exercise-wise to feel better during this crazy month ahead is definitely a positive.

One day down, 30 to go …