It’s that time of year again. One for making long lists of impossible promises for self-improvement. I make these New Year’s resolutions annually, and by the end of the first week of January, I can’t even remember what they were. Does that sound familiar?
This year, I’m going to attempt to not just list generic ones, like “get in better shape” or “be more present,” I’m going to try to quantify my goals and plans to achieve them. “They” always say that helps. I’m even going to share these goals with you, and I’ll let you know how it goes.
Up first, the perennial promise: eat less, move more, less alcohol. But how? Just typing this sounds hard, especially after the last week (oh, hell, month) of overindulgence. When did 3 glasses of wine count as a moderate evening? What about “only” two cookies a day? Sigh. Is it just me, or does reigning it in already sound torturous?
The Fast Diet: Part Duex
Okay, you heard it here first, folks. I’m going to try the Fast Diet (see my review here) once again. I did it to lose the baby weight fast. It worked, but it was hard as hell. I hypothesize part of that difficulty was that I was nursing and not sleeping. It’s also hard to only eat 500 calories in a day, period.
Dieting is such a pain. It requires thought and (gasp) some deprivation. But, knowing we’ve got some travel planned in the New Year, I think I can keep it up easier than having to be super mindful every single day. I hereby state publicly that I’ll do it for the month of January, and I’ll report back in February. Stay tuned!
My next resolution is this blog. I was just back home, chatting with my friends about being moms, kids, self-improvement for the next year, and it felt like everything we were saying could be a blog post. The trouble is moving that from great intention to actual reality. Life, work, and actually hanging out with my kid often gets “in the way.” But I can share once a week, right? I hereby resolve to do at least one per week.
Lastly, I’d like to accomplish a mommy resolution, and that is to be mindful of how my behavior (not my words) set an example. This Christmas we took W to an indoor playground, and he had to stop playing to take “calls” on his toy cellphone. It was actually hilarious, watching him pull it out of his pocket, take a “call,” shove it back in his pocket, and slide. But. It’s probably time for my husband and me to stay off the devices!
Here’s to a leaner, meaner, more thoughtful New Year!
Q: What are your resolutions this year? What are you doing to do to get there?