Tuesday, January 03, 2012
For many, the new year means resolutions: I can't do this, I will do this, etc. A few years ago, I decided to ditch resolutions for challenges.
For the entire year, I would give up something--usually something that didn't positively contribute to my life/health--but something that would be a challenge to give up. One year it was liquor. Last year, it was fried foods. Sometimes, I made it; sometimes, I didn't.
The idea behind giving up something for the entire year was to test my willpower and, often, to increase my quality of life in doing so.
After the year was up, I'd integrate the vice back into my life, in the hopes that it would have less negative impact on my life as it once did.
Each year, I've tried to make the challenges progressively harder. Years ago, I tried to give up fried foods, but my second job running poker tournaments at local bars made it nearly impossible. Within a month, I dropped the challenge.
I would count this past year, however, as a success--even though there might have been a few gray areas (foods that didn't indicate that they were friend and it wasn't quite clear, etc.).
So what is my challenge this year? I actually have two.
Challenge #1: Cable. For many, especially those who see cable as a financial blackhole (which it is), this is hardly a challenge. For a DVR-addict, like myself, it is. I've already disconnected my cable and returned the box. And I'm already wondering how I'm going to spend all my time. (TBD)
Challenge #2: Chocolate. I had previous tackled this a few years ago and, for the most part, succeeded. But as I ate my way through the holidays--countless tins of cookies, candies, and cakes--I realized that chocolate has to go.
So, two days into it, I'm doing pretty well. Check back in a week.