It’s that time of year when everyone (or, at least it seems like everyone) is making resolutions on what they’re going to improve or change in their lives.  I like making specific goals, and I’ve tried really hard to keep them over the years.  Here are a few of my New Year’s Resolutions (and you may notice a trend):

2012: Exercise at least five days per week – I was already doing this pre-baby, but I wanted to force myself to keep it up after having a much tighter schedule with balancing a baby and working from home.  I’d say other than a few weeks, I was able to do this one.

2011: Get at least two servings of veggies a day – I think I do this 4-5 days a week, but for some reason this one is still tough.

2010: Get seven hours of sleep or more every night – worked well…until I had a baby.  Now it’s starting to work again since she’s sleeping through the night.

2009: Drink at least 64 oz. of water every day – still successful, as long as I have my trusty water bottle with me.

Did you notice the trend?  I always seem to make health-related resolutions, or goals, as I prefer to call them.  I don’t think it was on purpose, but I guess it falls in line with the mission I’m trying to share with Tri 4 Schools – healthy habits lead to healthier lives.  What’s my 2013 resolution?  Drumroll, please…

2013: Spend one night per week NOT watching TV.  Now, this is sort-of hard to admit, but most nights after we put our daughter to sleep, my husband and I make dinner and watch an episode or two of one of our favorite shows.  We only have one TV in our house, and it’s in the basement (where it can’t wake our daughter).  So, being the new parents who are scared to death of having to get our child back to sleep, we usually retreat to the basement as soon as we can after she’s tucked in her crib.

Then, I realized that there are a few things wrong with this picture: not only are we not relating to each other and improving our marriage by doing this every night, but we’re feeding the statistics of Americans watching 4.5 hours or more of TV every day.  I started tracking our TV habits, and it turns out we probably watch 2-3 hours of TV per day.  Granted this is usually while we’re eating dinner, working, folding laundry, etc., but it’s something I want to change.

This year, I’m really looking forward to our night of no TV.  It will be a great chance to reconnect and talk, maybe do some reading, puzzles, or get that back-rub I’m always hoping for!

I’d love if you would share your goals for the new year with me, and next week, in part 2, I’ll share what my Tri 4 Schools goals are for this year too (there are four of them, and I hope you’ll join me in reaching them!)

Yours in health,