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UN-Resolutions for 2015

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Reflecting

As the year comes to an end, I pause to reflect on things: work, writing, church, family and life in general. What am I doing, and what does it all mean? What’s next? Is this all there is?

 

Those of us with a chronic illness, like bipolar disorder, tend not to set too lofty a goal or look too far into the future. Deadlines and goals come and go in the wake of our mood fluctuations; the highs and lows often derailing the best laid plans.

 

Setting Goals

But, I think that setting some goals, forming a support circle and working towards something that has meaning for us, may be a good thing. Last year, I completed my doctoral dissertation; the culmination of four years in Grad school. It was painful but I’ve learned that I have a high tolerance for pain and a lot of grit.

 

It was also very stressful, and so I self-medicated with food and shopping sprees, getting myself into a lot of hot water. So, now I find myself at 51, overweight again (yes it’s been a lifelong battle), unhealthy physically and sadly out of shape financially. I am a single mom with three daughters who are all pursuing post-secondary education: one in graduate school herself, one in beauty school and one, a junior in college, searching for a new major.

Accountability

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I’m going to set two lofty and high-level goals for 2015, and I need some help in staying accountable.

 

Running Like a Mother

I’ve always wanted to run. Yes, just run. Yet, even as a child, I would hyperventilate trying to make one trip around the track, so exercise has never been my friend. But my goal for the end of 2015 is to run a half marathon. This means serious training for me because as of now I can barely walk a mile without getting shin splints!

 

Self-Control

Secondly, I need to get my financial house in order, starting with no more eating out fast food, and building a budget and sticking to it. This may be the hardest goal yet. In fact, these two goals have been the bane of my existence for years. I will need to enlist the help of friends, perhaps a trainer or coach and someone with financial acuity.

 

Are you with me?

Last of all, I will need help and encouragement. I will on occasion, post my progress and setbacks, hoping you out there will share your experiences and wisdom with me, encouraging me to make progress to become healthy. I hope, too, that you will set at least one goal for yourself in this new year. Living with purpose, especially when you don’t feel well a lot of the time, is essential. Share your thoughts, goals and encouragement with me. I’m counting on you!

UN-Resolutions for 2015

Lisa Keith, Psy.D.

September 29, 2014 Lisa Keith,Lisa.Keith Psy.D. is a 20-plus year veteran special education teacher who has taught grades K-12 and now teaches graduate students who want to grow up to be special ed. teachers. When she’s not teaching or academically engaged, she is completely engrossed in 49er football or the art of Zentangle. A typical day for Lisa begins at 4 a.m. to check email, Pinterest and journal, followed by a hefty dose of coffee and hours of study. You can learn more about her here: http://grad.fresno.edu/faculty/lisa-keith-psyd


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, . (2014). UN-Resolutions for 2015. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 20, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-lifehacks/2014/12/un-resolutions-for-2015/

 

Last updated: 17 Dec 2014
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 17 Dec 2014
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