Resolutions… The Big “To Do”!

Authored by Karen Schebaum

Karen and her dog KeiraResolutions can feel like heavy baggage to drag into the New Year, particularly if your goals are exercise related — and it’s winter! Resolution means “a firm decision to do or not to do something.” (See? Kind of heavy!)

I have found that what works for me is focusing on the word “something” in that definition. It’s not about the biggest “do” or “not do” goal(s) I can come up with. It’s about staying active and engaged and doing something — something that I want to, and can, and will do.

I’m not resolving to run a marathon in 2013; I’m not even pledging to run a mile. On the other hand, I have no problem resolving to be active and keep moving. I know I can and will:

  • Walk my dog most days
  • Take the stairs at work
  • Limit my screen time
  • Go to a fun exercise class and use my Wii Fit a couple times a week

What’s your something? For ideas on keeping you and your family moving, check out our Resources for Parents page!

 Wishing you a happy, healthy, active 2013!



Karen Schebaum is a manager at the Kids CO-OP, Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center – Home Office for Let’s Go!.