The Ghost of Resolutions Past

January is the place of our dreams. New year, fresh starts. Turning of a new page. We’ve talked about this before. Our ambition is high in January. 

Now, let’s look ahead to January 2018. We’re back in the most ambitious part of the year! What was your commitment in 2017? Did you ever start that healthy eating? Did you maintain those trips to the gym? 

One of the most powerful statements (that gets attributed to tons of people) is this:

A year from now, you’ll wish you started today.

This quote used to vex me. Each diet I tried, every workout I started, and every promise I made to myself was left broken and battered by the end of the year. I would then think of this quote and be utterly devastated that I failed again. I could write a book titled The Ghosts of Resolutions Past!

Now, instead of this quote making me anxious I use it to maintain my focus. I visualize how keeping this commitment now will enhance my future. Some things will feel good for a minute then wreak havoc on you later. Suspending that temporary “joy” for a long term victory is the name of the game now. 

  • How do you maintain your focus? 
  • Is there a quote that drives you? 
  • Do you make resolutions?
  •  Are you one of the few that keep them? 

Author: Regina Bartlett

Regina Bartlett is a blogger and speaker from the gorgeous Rhode Island coastline where she spends her days with her amazing husband Jeff and their combined family of six adult children and two very tiny adorable chihuahuas. She’s active in her church, sings on the praise team, and is amazed every single day at how God has totally changed her life. Formerly 425 lbs she’s battled her weight for 30 years until RNY Gastric Bypass surgery in December 2014 where she lost 250 lbs and gained a new lease on life. She wants to share with anyone who thinks that they MIGHT be interested in surgery and knowing the real truth behind the surgery since there are a lot of misconceptions and fears. Deciding that she needed a challenge to continue with her weight maintenance she decided to embark on running the NYC Marathon in 2016 on Fred’s Team for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Like so many people, her life has been touched by people affected by cancer. Discovering that her friend of over 25 years was diagnosed with breast cancer she had even more inspiration to run. On November 6, 2016, she completed the grueling 26.2 miles through all five boroughs of New York City and realized her 20 year dream of completing the largest marathon in the world. This blog will travel with Regina as she laces up her shoes and continues to challenge herself while sharing stories of her life and the people who have been an influence on her over the years. You’ll find stories, recipes, crafts, photographs of the wonder that is Little Rhody and countless photos of her tiny pups Sid Vicious and Taxi Fitzgerald. TL;DR: Wife, mother, writer, avid crafter, lover of Jesus and tiny dogs everywhere with a story to tell. FOR BOOKING INFORMATION please use the contact form below or email Thank you!

4 thoughts on “The Ghost of Resolutions Past”

  1. How do you maintain your focus? I meditate every day and I know this helps with everything in my life.
    Is there a quote that drives you? “May our heart’s garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.” –Thich Nhat Hanh.
    Do you make resolutions? Sometimes, like eating oatmeal daily or going to the gym 3 times a week.
    Are you one of the few that keep them? Not exactly, but in November we joined the Y and I’ve been 3 times a week except for one week when I went twice and the third day that I wasn’t able to go I walked with weights. Feeling good about it!

  2. I love that quote and I love your blog! I’m so amazed at your journey.
    🤔 I think I am able to maintain my focus because it’s very important to me to finish what I start.
    Quote. Well, this is my very favorite quote and I say it to myself all the time.
    “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt.
    It drives me because I know I can always just do what I can. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.
    And I love resolutions!!! Haha! I do keep them. I tell the resolution naysayers that even if you don’t keep it, that’s still a little bit of time you were doing something good for yourself that you wouldn’t have done if you didn’t make the resolution lol! Does that make sense?

    1. This all makes perfect sense! I was always so all or nothing and it took me a long time to embrace that concept of what you can. I always wanted it all immediately AND perfectly! Thank you for commenting.

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