I will NOT make any traditional resolutions for 2010. Why you ask? Like everyone else, most of my resolutions have been:
- I will start exercising
- I will eat healthy foods
- I will not procrastinate
- I will stop worrying
For the past twenty years I don't think that I have ever kept a resolution past Valentine's Day.
Think about it, you start the new year of right, or so you think. You join the gym, you bring salads to work, you skip happy hour, but then February starts and its gets reallyyyyyy cold, so you might skip the gym once or twice and then you won't go for a week. Valentine's Day comes around and if you have a date you most likely will go to a nice place and eat your surf and turf, have a bottle of wine and have dessert too, so there goes resolutions one, two and three.
After a couple of days, when the flowers die and you have eaten all of the Godiva, you start to worry that you won’t fit into those skinny jeans that cost you $125. There goes resolution four and to be honest there goes the rest of the year and you think to yourself, you know what? I will just get them next year.
In attempts to not be a total loser, I will be more practical. I will tweak my resolutions to look a little like this:
- I will try to walk at least 30 minutes a day... when its not too hot, too cold, raining, snowing, or drizzling
- I will not eat Big Macs... regularly
- I will not watch a lot of TV... Unless its DVR, because that doesn't count, I am skipping commercials thus only watching quality television
- I will try and not be so snarky... unless the comment is just so funny that I just have to say it
Now just typing that was liberating.
We as people are way too hard on ourselves. We live in a world were everyone is trying to outsmart the other, be hotter than the other and have more money than the other. We make bad choices and then feel bad for ourselves and think that on the eve of the New Year we can erase all of those extra glasses of wine and that time you ate a whole pint of Haagen-Dazs with unattainable resolutions.
Let’s face it, some of us are fat slobs that watch way too much TV and then worry about it. Well, I will not be that person! If I will be a fat slob, I will at least enjoy myself and have that extra drink at happy hour. You only live once!
But seriously, I will make resolutions for myself everyday I wake up. I will make decisions that are good for me and those I love, but if I happen to wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and eat that Big Mac with large fries for lunch, I won’t worry about it. I will just get them the next day. I will not wait another year.
So, join me! Throw out those old resolutions and ring in the New Year knowing that every day is a new day and every new day is new chance to get it right.
Happy New Year Everyone!