Okay, maybe that was a bit harsh. Let me rephrase: I’m not usually a very big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. Why? I find that most people tend to make them because:
a) they feel peer pressure to fit in (everyone else is doing it!)
b) they think they “should” – because they have been told that a new year is synonymous with a fresh start
c) they are unhappy with their last year’s mean, broke, lazy, fat, [insert negative adjective here] selves and want to feel like better people by making a resolution to change
Most people DO NOT make resolutions because they have reached a point in their life where they are ready and willing to make positive changes; they make them because it is a new year and…see reasons a, b and c above. That brings me back to the title of this post: “Making a New Year’s Resolution is Stupid.” If you have made your resolution because of reasons a, b and c, then I stand by my claim. Not only do I think it was ridiculous for you to make your resolution in the first place, but I really don’t think you have an ice cube’s chance in Hell of following through for all of January, let alone all of 2012. Gasp. I know, I know – this paragraph probably made me sound like a heartless bitch, but I’m not one. Really. I promise. If you keep reading, I might just redeem myself. Maybe.
I don’t hate resolutions. In fact, I firmly believe we must have goals in order to be successful and fulfilled (and really, isn’t “resolution” just a fancy way of saying goal?). If you make a goal because you have reached a point in your life where you are ready and willing to make positive changes, then, dear reader, we have a completely different story. And do you want to know something? It doesn’t make one tiny iota of difference whether or not you set that goal on January 1st or any other day of the year!
After reading this, I’m sure you can understand my hesitation* in telling you that I have made some
resolutions goals (I think I like “goals” better, so that’s what I’m going with!). The thing is, my goals really have nothing to do with the fact that it’s a new year. Call it what you will: divine intervention, sheer luck, God, the stars being in alignment, etc., but I like to say the universe has brought me here. And the universe has brought me to the right time and place for the changes and adjustments I am making. The fact that it is January is merely a coincidence.
Now – you must be just dying to know what goals I’ve set for myself! Can I have a drumroll please….
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1. Write something every day – I met with a lovely lady named Sarah Lynn Kennedy last week who reminded me that I can and should write if that is what I want…and I realized that it is indeed exactly what I want right now! Most days my writing will take the form of this here blog, but I may also dabble in some creative writing if the mood strikes.
2. Return to running, and run a minimum of three days per week – I started running about two years ago at the gym, then gradually moved to outdoor runs. I was running regularly from June to October and loving it – I even ran my first two 5k races – when I had to take a break because of my back/leg issues. Running makes me feel great, and it has the added benefit of burning quite a few calories; I want that lifestyle back!
3. Practice yoga at least three times each week – I have only recently come back to yoga (I think it’s one of those universe things, but I will save the story for another post). I have already been achieving this goal since mid November, and it feels wonderful, so I want to keep doing it!
4. Reach and maintain a weight of 135lbs or less – this was a goal that I set last February, and I reached 130lbs in April of 2011. I maintained my weight between 130-135lbs until October, when, as I’ve said before, I was plagued with an injury and my activity levels plummeted (while food intake most certainly DID NOT – can you say holiday calories?!). I felt fabulous and I looked great at 135lbs, so I WILL get there again! I actually re-started a healthy eating plan today to help jump-start my weight loss – I will tell you more about it soon!
So there you have it – my
“New Year’s Resolutions” “Lifestyle Goals.” I really believe that these goals are attainable for me. Afterall, other than the writing one, I’ve already accomplished each of these goals before. What do you think? Have I made positive goals, or did I just prove the title of my post? 🙂
*I’m a wee bit fearful that you might judge me based on my own criteria. I hate being judged – it almost always shatters my
illusion delusion that I am perfect. 😉