The obligatory resolutions post. Yup. Everyone’s doing it. I don’t particularly like making New Year’s resolutions for a couple reasons. I think that most people create unattainable goals for themselves that just lead to disappointment and frustration. Many of these goals are short-term quick fixes and I prefer to make long-lasting lifestyle changes. I dream big all year long. I don’t need the date to change from December 31 to January 1 for me to make things happen. The key to success, in my opinion, is being grateful for what you do have, and to be constantly working at making those things better.
That said, I do have a list of things I will continuously work on in 2014.
1. Move more. Get out of my chair. Jump around Dance. Get the blood flowing. I have been terribly lazy when it comes to working out lately, but what seems to motivate me is group fitness. My gym, East Shore, has a bunch of classes I really like, so I’m committed to going more. My favorites are:
You know what I love about my gym? Any class I go to, each of the teachers make us very aware that the class is what we make it. Feeling sluggish that day? Don’t sprint as hard as usual. Feeling extra flexible? Hold that pose a little longer in yoga class. Everyone’s at a different level and it’s up to you to decide how much you want to push yourself.
2. Eat less crap. Most people have a goal to “lose x amount of pounds” or get to “x% body fat.” That’s lovely, but I’ve been there, done that, and it’s not as cool to me anymore. What I notice makes the most difference in my overall health, is being more mindful of what I consume.
Less sugar. Less alcohol. More vegetables. More tea. Processed junk, BYE BYE.
3. As much as I love reading, I put a lot of pressure on myself to read “books.” All my friends call me a nerd and constantly tell me “you’re the only person I know who still goes to the library!” It’s true–I go to the library every week. I adore that musty smelling building and all its reading material.
But reading isn’t limited to books. Honestly, I’ll read anything I can get my hands on, but I really enjoy nutrition magazines, travel guides, and cookbooks most. Side note: it’s still one of my life goals (!!) to have a home library with a sliding ladder, Beauty & The Beast style.
4. My generation is super connected. We live for instant gratification. This past year I’ve really tried to focus on disconnecting every now and then, even with simply turning my phone on silent for an hour or so. It’s liberating! Ideally I’d like to spend a minimum of 15 minutes a day doing absolutely nothing. That may sound weird and I laugh thinking that it’s actually a stretch of time to stop everything, but out of 24 hours? Come on.
5. Gratitude. This is the goal I’m most excited about because it not only helps my mood, but it radiates to those around me. Expressing thanks for all we have, especially our loved ones, is the easiest way to be aware of how blessed we are.
We all get so caught up in the moment and forget to stop, look around, take in everything around us and just smile.
6. Be kind. To everyone. We’re all in this together.