Sunday 30 December 2012.
You are probably already thinking about New Year Resolutions. We all do at this time of the year, don’t we?
Partly is because we are mentally starting a new calendar and we have that whole fresh year spreading out ahead of us to make the most of. Partly it’s because we already feel at least a bit guilty about all the extra food and drink we have consumed in December, not to mention the amount we have spent during the last year on things we don’t really need. Partly too it’s due to an in-built desire to make the most, and to be able to feel proud, of ourselves, perhaps recognising a need to turn things around for ourselves.
What does the picture I’ve slotted in above have to do with resolutions? Well to me resolutions are about being realistic and not trying to set on something that goes too much against the flow of my nature and what I am able to do. If I set myself a target that is honestly unattainable, I am bound to fail.
So I do want to get back on track with my health, but no grapefruit-and-yogurt-drop-two-dress-sizes-in-a-month diets for me. I know that I can lay off snacks and chocolatey treats, and drink alcohol only at the weekend (and then just a glass). I know I can exercise more too, and tomorrow I’ll resume visits to the gym on a consistent basis, but I’m afraid you’ll never see me entering the London Marathon.
I’ll revisit my long-term issue with controlling portion size for meals. The problem is I love food and cooking, and if you make something delicious it is really difficult to stick to the amount you know you should eat. So renewed determination is called for.
My big resolution for this year is to make sure I organise my time, so that I have some time each week to be creative, and to properly keep in touch with the people who are important to me. I have several projects in mind that I should be able to develop into something that is at least personally satisfying, but which might also be the basis for a little business enterprise … it’s too soon to share details just now, but by this time next year I hope to have something to show for it.
Enjoy your New Year’s Eve whatever you are doing. Good luck with choosing and sticking to your resolutions and have a truly marvellous 2013.