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New year, new you?

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

New year, new you.

I kind of hate that saying.

Sure it's a new year, but I'm still the same old me. The turning of a calendar page can feel like a fresh start, but it's not some miracle of change. I'm not suddenly going to love to cook and eat healthy foods, and crave working out, and not procrastinate anymore, and magically become a better housekeeper. No, I'm still going to prefer pizza and donuts to... well pretty much everything, I'm still going to have a weakness for fast food and an apathetic attitude towards cooking, I'm still going to prefer couch time to gym time, I'm still going to wait until the last possible minute to do everything, and my house is still going to be wreck by the end of the week and my cats' litter boxes are still going to stink because I forget to clean them sometimes. I'm still going to get wrapped up in a book and forget that there are things that need to be done, and I'm still going to choose that book over working out. Some people listen to books while they work out and that means they don't have to choose, but I prefer music. Something mindless that I don't have to concentrate on.

I've done resolutions in the past, and never followed through. The word resolution feels like an ultimatum to me, and I don't like ultimatums. It works for some people, but I've learned that I'm not a member of the resolution tribe. I've done a word of the year several years and it's something I like to do, but nothing has popped into my head for this year. Maybe something will and I'll have a February word of the year, but I'm not going to try to force it. It will come when it comes, or not.

I read about micro-resolutions. I like that idea. Mini-resolutions, one a month and non-cumulative. Things like meditate for 5 minutes a day for a month, or give up alcohol for a month, or walk a mile a day for a month. I like the idea of this a lot better - kind a trial run for building better habits. When something sticks I can keep it, but with no pressure. I need to give this some thought though and decide what I want to focus on in January. The other thing I like about this is that I can decide each month what I want to work on the next month. I'm going to try to blog monthly and tell you all what my "monthly mini" is.

Overall, big picture, things I need to work on this year:
-cooking and eating at home more, even (especially?) on busy long days instead of restaurants
-building exercise into a habit, doing something especially on days I don't feel like it much. I really hate the gym, but maybe I need to rejoin anyway. I have exercise videos I can do at home, but I don't like those much either. I do like zumba, but I haven't found any classes that are at times that work for me. Swimming laps might be an option, and the high school pool usually keeps a lane or two open for lap swimmers during open swim. I'll have to look at the pool's schedule, and see what I can do.
-continue working on balancing my work and personal lives
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    I like your point about how we don't become new people on the stroke of midnight. I also make and then fail to keep resolutions. This year, I'm looking for self improvement through steps, and I'm adding them bit by bit instead of all on te 1st.

    Good luck with your positive changes!
    894 days ago
    You have decided on several things you can apply to get you started and that's great. None of them will work until you start. emoticon emoticon
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    895 days ago
    The monthly mini-goals sound do-able. Go for it!
    896 days ago
    I like the monthly goals, those small ones that are achievable make a person feel good. Start out with weekly ones if you have to. You can't set them to high, ones that there is no way you can do, just bring a person down and you just give up. That is most why I set daily goals, they make me feel good when I do them all.
    896 days ago
    Personally, I've found that I stick when I can make it part of my morning routine. Whether it be going to the gym or pool, once the day begins, following through on exercising falls off.

    896 days ago
    Since age 10, on my birthday I set 10 small "Goals" for myself. I typically achieve 9 of them. Scientifically, it takes 30 days of consistently doing the same thing every day to form a new habit. If you stop before that, the habit won't stick.
    896 days ago
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