Monday, December 13, 2010

It’s Time to Tackle the Big Three

While, I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions I can appreciate the reflection that goes into people examining their life and planning positive changes for themselves in the future and if you need an arbitrary starting point for doing that I guess New Years is as good as any.

I set goals for myself every year (usually on my Birthday) and for the most part I hit them with three notable exceptions.

1.) Get back in shape. My actual goal is 210 lbs or 3 x1 hour session a week.

2.) Stop smoking. This is a no brainer, I am starting to develop asthma, it stinks, it is expensive and I have obviously proven to myself that I am not capable of doing it socially.

3.) Maintain better relationships with my friends. (I am notorious for dropping off the map for years and then reemerging for bursts only to drop off again)

For #1 in the past I have tried gym memberships, all kinds of funny stuff and I usually do pretty good for a month or two but then something will happen like a trip or event or injury and I get out of my routine and fail to get back in. This year I am trying something a little different. I bought a cheap exercise bike and rowing machine to go with a few weights I have laying around. I put a tv in front of them and now I have no excuse not to work on them right at home.

For #2 I have tried gum, patches, pills and I usually do good for a couple of weeks and then fall off the wagon. This year I feel like it will be different I feel a new maturity and outlook on life that is boosting my desire to do this internally.

For #3 As an introvert I really struggle with this one. My job, school and daily activities force me into an extroverted mindset and to be honest by the time I get home I am just kind of burnt out on people and take some alone time to decompress it is not that I don’t love people mind you it is just that I feel like the time I need to recoup has been at a premium. Thankfully I have a wonderful social director in my life who is great at helping me stay in touch with peopleJ So this year should be betterJ

Here is to making baby steps of progress.


Abby said...

I am not a big fan of them either, actually I start one and then I usally give in. But I think that is a great start to what will be a great New Years resolution the only thing I see wrong with it is why wait until the New Year? why not start today and especailly right around the hoilday time when its the time of year to be with friends and family. Which both can help you with your other two main goals of losing a little bit of weight and also to quit smoking. Well I am glad to see that atleast things are looking up for you and I wish you the best of luck! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Wife said...

I can definitely relate to this! I love your #3, by the way...I thought I was the only one that just disappeared from the world and it is super hard to get motivated to go visiting when you're an introvert. I'm still trying to figure out how I can do this. The smoking thing is a pain. I quit, and started again, then I quit and started, etc...this last time that I quit, I went 6 months but went back to just smoking 3 a day. I've been on 3 a day for over a year. One after lunch, one after dinner and one before bed. It's been working for me, but I'm dreading when I quit for real. Good luck with all of this, and keep us updated!!