New Years Resolutions

This is the time of year when everyone is making those famed New Year’s Resolutions. Of course the most common is usually losing five pounds after the holiday binge.  And sure that’s going to be one of my resolutions, but overall I’m going to shoot for a healthier and more productive life style this year.  An improved lifestyle in my book means a little more than losing weight or working hard.  It’s also about doing something every day that makes you feel competent and in control.  It’s about challenging yourself every day to try something new or perhaps get better at the new thing you tried yesterday.  So I’m writing a list of my resolutions for 2012 (and beyond) on this blog.  Maybe writing it down will keep me in line this year!

  1. Yes, dear reader, I am going to make the dreaded resolution of losing pounds.  To be more precise, I’m aiming for losing the holiday binge pounds that I gained while the gym was closed.  More than just losing a couple pounds though, I’m resolving to go to the gym at least four days a week every week.  (Unless holidays interfere. I mean…come on!)

    What I'll be thinking about when I'm burning on the elliptical.

  2. Resolution number two: get outside!  I guess that’s a pretty broad resolution, so I’ll narrow this one down to doing work in the garden.  When the bf and I started the garden….oh who am I kidding.  Let me start over.  When my bf decided gardening was a good idea, I went along willingly until I figured out how much hard work was going to be involved. It was a rough couple of months until the garden was fully established filled with me sitting in a lawn chair complaining while he did the work.  Fortunately we made it past this stage (by which I mean he survived, and I got over myself) and now we’re both fully devoted to gardening and reaping the benefits.  Plus, I’m now much more willing to do the hard work.  So my resolution for the garden is to be more on schedule with seeds, weeding, pruning, and harvesting.  Also, I need to eat what we grow.  There was the incident last time where I had food rotting in the fridge because I didn’t really know what to do with it. That is called homegrown failure.  No more!  Every little thing that comes out of the garden this year will be devoured.  This is my take on eating local and healthy.

    The lovingly constructed garden of 2011. Pictures of a new and improved garden will be arriving later this year!

  3. Numero Tres: Improve my Español.  And I don’t mean learn just one thing.  I mean that I really plan on dedicating myself to Spanish this year.  Sure I’ll be in a class every day that will be improving my Spanish, but my goal is to take it more seriously than ever and actively try to get something out of it.  I plan on learning beyond the classroom as well.  My plan: go talk to the homeless man under the bridge, Jose.  While I’m not entirely sure Jose is his real name, the man’s a pretty colorful character all the same.  And even though I had trouble last time I talked to him, I think that conversing with him on a regular basis will be extremely beneficial.  Besides, maybe I can help the guy out.
  4. Perhaps this resolution falls in line with the first, but I think it’s still important to make a distinction.  I would like to see myself eating healthier foods on a regular basis in the coming year.  Healthy eating habits contribute to losing weight but there are other benefits as well.  For one, the type of foods we eat affect our moods, emotions, and mental states.  For example, if you are a woman with low iron, eating a healthy spinach salad will fill you up and leave you feeling boosted with energy.  Probably a more common example is that of carb loading.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love my carbs as much as the next person: pancakes, waffles, toast, bread, dumplings, bread, and did I mention bread?  Carbohydrates are a filling food that spike the blood sugar, but then lead to a much earlier crash.  I’ve found that when I base my daily meals around carbs, I get grumpy and draggy earlier on in the day and begin to feel listless around 4pm.  I’m also much more likely to feel depressed in that draggy, listless part of the day, so….NO BUENO!  Eating a healthy amount of carbs is natural and appropriate but it should be balanced with proteins that boost the body more steadily throughout the day so that I don’t crash at 2, 3, or 4pm.  I’ve learned this lesson the hard way this year (multiple times), so my resolution is to eat more vegetables and more regular proteins.  This should perfectly provide the energy I’m going to need for resolution 1!

    This part of the meal won't be all bad for me as long as it's only a PART of the meal.

  5. Finally, for my final resolution, I am resolved to take whatever steps necessary to be the happiest person I can be.  All of the above will contribute to this goal, but I also mean taking other necessary steps such as therapy or even the random day off.  I’m devoting myself to being a more confident and happier person this year.  But I think this year is looking pretty bright so far.  Happy New Years Everyone!
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