I've never been a person that really believes in New Years Resolutions. When I was younger I would come up with a list of silly things I would want to accomplish in the new year.
"Don't complain about chores."
"Get (insert boy name here) to notice me."
"Master the back-handspring on beam" (gymnastic days)
"Qualify for TAGS" (swimming days)
And so on.
As I got older, I stopped making resolution lists because I started to recognize my complete inability to follow through on things. I can also procrastinate like a mo-fo.
So what do we do? Surely most of us want to improve on some aspect of life from the previous year. I know I do. I'm definitely not sitting here thinking "Golly-gee, I sure hope I can be just as fluffy in 2017" or "I'd like to learn absolutely nothing new this year."
We all strive for more. A little more happiness. A little more healthiness. And if it's not more we want, it's change.
**For those of you with absolutely nothing they'd like to change in their lives, I commend you. You are special creatures and I would like to be near you. Like super near, right next to you near, so I can rub some of your bad-assness off on myself.**
My advice (that I also am working on) is throw away those lists. Hell, screw the first of the year. If you want to start working out on Tuesday, May 9th of this year- you do you, girl (or boy). If you want to do nothing, I appreciate that non-effort also.
I plan to make attainable goals for myself this year. I'd like to start working out more. So instead of making my goal "BITCH! I'M RUNNING A MARATHON IN 2017!!!" it's going to look more like "Work out 4 days a week."
Jimmy and I are horrible at buying groceries and then eating out, therefore wasting a ton of food. So, I'd like to cook more at home. Healthy, home cooked meals. Years past I would have been on the Food Network's website putting in my application for Top Chef. "Meh, so what I can only bake a chicken breast. Winning!"
I also think it is helpful to make small goals, weeks or a month at a time. Saying I'm going to lose 40lbs this year sounds great, but it is:
1. A tremendously lofty goal
2. So vague I'm already giggling at it
3. Its too "far off," meaning, I know myself and I'll keep saying "I'll get to that next month." Before I know it, it's December and I'm looking up deals for lunchtime-lipo in order to fit into my Christmas dress.
I just bought a new planner (seriously, I need rehab for planner buying) (Oh, also, sorry Jimmy)
It's called Commit30. Basically at the beginning of every month you commit to something for 30 days (or 28, 31, blah blah). It can be anything you want. I enjoy it. The planner helps me because I'm afraid to disappoint it. There the goal is, staring me in the face, written in glittery green.
Can't say no to glitter pens!
Does anyone make resolution lists and actually stick to them? What are your goals for 2017? How do you plan on following through?
Until next time,