I don’t usually bother to make New Year’s Resolutions. Like most people, you start off the year with grand plans only to fail – usually within the same month. This year, I’m hoping will be different. I have read that it’s best to get as specific as possible to make your chances of being successful greater. I really have two primary goals in mind, and while I’ll be a little specific here, I don’t want to bore you with too many details.
Health and weight
Specifically, I like to lose 25-30 pounds this year. I know I have a lot more to lose, but as difficult as it is for me to lose weight, this gives me the goal of 1/2 to 1 pound per week. To help reach this goal, I plan to make the following changes:
- Limit soda intake to a maximum 12-oz per day. I’ve tried cold-turkey in the past and it hasn’t worked, but hopefully this goal will help if I can’t eliminate soda completely.
- Exercise at least 10 min every day. Even days that I “don’t feel like it” – once you get moving, often times you can go longer.
- Drink 6-8 cups of water a day. I may do some of these as herbal tea – especially while trying to cut back on the soda. I refuse to try and replace soda with artificial sweetener-laced beverages and I firmly believe they are no better (and may be worse).
- Check-in with SparkPeople every day. This website is FREE to use and is chock full of useful tips, recipes, exercise mini-videos and motivation.
Organization / Simplification
I feel like I’ve reached a turning point in my life where suddenly it has become clear that more STUFF does not make me happier … in fact, all that clutter can make me miserable.
I like the idea of the 365 days. You don’t have to jump in and tackle a large project – just do a little bit each day. Less emotional stress trying to get rid of items.
I almost started this in December, but there was too many other things going on, so I decided I’d try to get my feet week in the new year – or maybe even on my day off tomorrow! I’m borrowing my parent’s scanner so I can get rid of some paper clutter – but I’m sure I’ll find that a lot of those papers we’ve moved (sometimes TWICE!) can just be tossed.
I’m not sure if this is a goal or a necessity. Having lived on one income for almost three years, we’re at a pretty low point financially. In the next few months I’d like to find some places where we can cut some of our expenses … and for Dave to find a job. If both happen, we should bounce back rather quickly.
And if I were to try and change one more thing in my life (all the above isn’t enough, right?) it would be to somehow decrease the amount of time I spend on the computer. I’m going to have to find a way to decrease the number of emails sent to me along with websites/blogs that I follow. I find I’m spending several hours a night online … and consequently not crafting as much as I like. If anyone has any tips on this goal, I’d appreciate it.