Is it me or do you feel like New Years couldn’t have come soon enough this year? After Hurricane Sandy hit, I felt like the holidays rolled in before I could say “turkey” (worst joke ever) and the next thing I knew I was falling down a slippery slope of holiday “cheer” and healthy eating was replaced with hibernation. New Years is a great holiday in my mind because it gives everyone a clean slate, a fresh and positive outlook on the year ahead and the motivation you need to start the year off right. With a New Year, you are able to get back into your usual groove after the holiday festivities take any self-control and balance away from you. Personally, I don’t think you necessarily have to make any strict “resolutions”(i.e. don’t watch TV or eat mac n’ cheese ever again) because I think the likelihood of sticking to them are slim. Like diets, I just don’t believe in them. A perfect example is the gym right after New Years…then fast forward three weeks later when everyone’s forgotten what a resolution is and you have your pick of the litter on treadmills once again. I could barely squeeze into my yoga class the other night because of the influx of resolution-ites, and I will tell you there was nothing zen about that experience!
However, I do think it is a great time to reevaluate things and look at the big picture. How can I be a better friend? Sister? Girlfriend? Daughter? Co-worker? Blogger?! And think about what you are grateful for and what you want to change. I always strive to self-improve, but it’s not easy! So overall, I would like work towards doing so in 2013.
Next up, I would like to develop good/healthy habits and get rid of bad/unhealthy habits. I like routine but sometimes forcing myself to break away from the day-to-day ends up leading to something enlightening! I mean, this is a terrible example, but even something as simple as switching from eating cereal for breakfast to eating oatmeal for breakfast can be liberating! Heck, I made the switch a couple of months ago and I feel great! (PS – there are several studies about cereal leading to weight gain and is not as nutritious as you may think…lots of hidden ingredients…dundundunn) I once heard that if you want to break a habit, don’t do it (or do it differently) three times in a row and you will be over it. For example, if you have dessert every night after dinner and you want to break the habit, hold off for three nights and the craving will go away. That’s not to say you won’t ever want dessert again, but it will help with the need to have something sweet every night. Coming from someone who eats ice-cream way more than the average human, I have tried this tactic and it works! Now I only have ice-cream if I am really in the mood (once a week…or so…my roomie may say otherwise). Give it a whirl!
Another thing I am aiming for in 2013 is better balance. Balancing work, friends, family, boyfriend, exercise, eating healthy and all the in between is so tough! I beat myself up when I feel like I am lacking in one area and over compensating in another, but in reality, it’s inevitable! Nobody is perfect! But being more aware and making a better effort to keep everything in check is at least a step in the right direction.
My last (but not least) goal is to step outside of my comfort zone: try a new workout class, challenge myself more, do something different in my free time outside of my usual routine (Maybe READ instead of watch TV at night – what a novel idea!), invest in the stock market instead of earning 0.000000000001% in my savings account, meet new people, volunteer – the possibilities are endless! My first (semi-weak) attempt at this was signing up for a triathlon! The bf and I are taking the plunge on June 30th and I am so nervous/excited/anxious for it! (I have used too many puns in this post) I’ve run several races but never a triathlon. The thought of swimming in the icy cold June ocean for 1/2 a mile and then jumping on a bike for 10 miles and then running a 5k with rubbery legs, gives me the chills, but I can’t wait for the feeling once I cross that finish line!
So I’m curious, what are your goals/resolutions/dreams for the new year?! Do you typically make specific resolutions or follow my vague path/attempt at bettering yourself (and hopefully others in the process)?
HAPPY 2013 everyone!
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