Today is February 18th, 2012. And today, I have a New Year's resolution. Is it too late for that? Maybe I should call it something different. I'm not big on resolutions, and instead, I came up with a list of goals for the 2012 calendar year, and unfortunately, most of them involve my leg.
Emily's 2012 Goals:
1. Walk up and down the stairs one foot in front of the other, instead of taking the steps one step at a time. It is a task that I'm sure most people take for granted, but I long for the ability to walk up the stairs like a normal person. Instead, I'm still stuck on the routine of up, up......up, up. It's a goal I continue to work on. I avoid taking the L because the thought of going up and down those stairs on a regular basis is overwhelmingly intimidating. When at the gym, there is a flight of stairs to go up, and I avoid that, by taking the elevator in the back to the 2nd floor. At some point this year, these small hurdles will be no longer. I can't wait for that day to arrive.
2. Visit the gym at least 5 times a week. Over the past year and a half, with my various leg issues, I miss going to the gym on a regular basis. Working out is just a habit of mine that makes a day feel complete. I started working out on a regular basis at a young age, joining HealthBridge Fitness Center when I was in 7th grade, and have routinely worked out from that point on. It feels routine. I like being able to sweat out the day, and have that time for myself throughout the week. Recently, I have now been able to get to the gym about 5 times a week, even with one crutch in tow. My goal is to swim 3 times a week and bike twice a week. So far, so good. I spend my days studying the gym schedule, and picking which classes I would like to attend. Now granted, right now, I'm really not attending classes, but somehow, looking at the schedule makes me happy.
So what is this new resolution of mine? Well there is a little back story to the fact. Here are 2 random conversations that will shed some light as to how this resolution came about......
Andy: You look nice. I like that sweater, have you worn that one before?
Me: Yea...I've had this one for awhile. I have a lot of sweaters that you haven't seen before. You just see me in yoga pants most of the time.
Mom: You look nice in jeans. Dad is going to think so as well. He'll like that you have jeans on. He thinks that I have yoga pants on all the time and doesn't like that. He says they are too tight.
So there you have it. The idea of the resolution was made. I wear yoga pants TOOOOO much. If I'm not in work clothes, I'm usually in yoga pants. I thought that having "cute" yoga pants from Lululemon would help with the fact that I had yoga pants on, but I don't think that is the case. I've fallen into a trap of always putting on these pants, when I am not in my normal work attire. Now granted, yoga pants are SOOO comfortable. And they are so easy to slip on, and they are just plain comfortable. But it didn't really occur to me that I was carrying off a certain style with my choice of yoga pants. I mean, I have plenty of casual sweaters to wear with jeans, and why do I never wear those? I have sweaters in my chest of drawers that I have gone years without wearing. And why? Because I have chosen yoga pants instead. But after today, that will no longer be the case.
I've heard so many people talk about how girls just throw on yoga pants and think that constitutes as a cute outfit, but that really isn't the case. So I'll go along with that theory, and attempt to put on normal clothes as often as possible . My resolution today, is to wear yoga pants, only when going to the gym, or actually doing yoga. In all other cases, I will put jeans on. Going to the store? Jeans. Walking down to Starbucks on a Saturday morning? Jeans. Running errands? Jeans.
I'll report back on how this new initiative goes.