Continuing on some old resolutions…
(Image borrowed from Huffington Post)
So I was on Facebook today and saw that I had “memories” on this day. I checked it, and an article I posted four years ago on new year’s resolutions showed up. Here’s the article: New Year’s Resolutions that Aren’t Losing Weight. In my post, I said that these were doable resolutions and now I am wondering if I did well on them — in 2016! I’ve also found these goals to be worth pursuing — or maybe continuing for 2017 — so I think I’ll just use these as my resolutions for the new year, while checking if I did well for 2016. Let’s see…
- Prioritize sleep. I think I have done well in 2016, sleep-wise. While I still get sleepless nights, they’re not as bad as when I was younger when I couldn’t sleep till it was light outside. (Which was why this blog was named so, because I started this on one of those sleep-deprived days I used to have back then. On New year’s Day, in fact. I must have wanted a change.) So what changed? I guess sticking to a schedule most nights on when bedtime is. These days, bedtime comes at around 10.30pm, even earlier.And while there are times when I still end up staring at the ceiling, trying to sleep, more often than not, I end up nodding off early, which I find has tremendous impact on my day. This year, I hope I get to maintain this sleep pattern.
- Improve your posture. I think as I get older I’ve become more aware of my posture. I think I’m doing well in this regard, especially since I have been going to Pilates regularly, which helps me remember to sit/stand up straight (also a good way to disguise a belly bulge).
- Use your vacation days. This one is easy. I haven’t had a regular job in a while and due to circumstances, been forced to take “vacations” every month. While it can be a drag, I find that being in a different place affords me a change in perspective and a chance to see things differently. These trips also allow me to reflect on a lot of things that I would normally not think about as deeply.
- Kick the diet soda habit. I didn’t have much of a diet soda habit to begin with, so this was easy to do. Not to say I don’t drink diet soda; I do occasionally. That said, it does help if there aren’t any cans in the house to tempt me.
- Remember to breathe. Due to Pilates, I have learned how to breathe properly. But I don’t think this is what the article is saying. With crazy schedules, problems and niggling worries, most people do forget to slow down and just take time out to take a deep breath. I am guilty of this. I find that I am a worrier and mounting problems make me anxious that sometimes I forget to just breath deeply and calm down. Must be more mindful of this, this year.
- Stop snacking, just to snack. I used to snack all the time. When I’m stressed, I used to have an open bag of potato chips on my desk while working and that was my coping mechanism while dealing with deadlines. But as I grew older, I realized this played havoc on my weight, so I have made a conscious effort to stop this. I’m still susceptible to bingeing on chips, but it helps if they’re stowed away so I don’t see them, and there are lots of other options — like fruit.
- Take makeup off before bed. I’ve never been big on makeup, so this was easy to do.
- Do 10 minutes of yoga a day. I don’t do yoga, but I do go to Pilates twice a week. However, for 2016, I didn’t practice moves outside of class. I have however started doing so this year (all of two days of 2017, so yay?). Hopefully, I can continue this habit for the rest of the year.
- Bike or walk to work once a week. I haven’t had regular work for a while now, but I have been walking more frequently in 2016, especially once we got Max, our seven-month old boxer. The thing with having a dog is that you can’t be lazy. If he needs to go out, then you take him out, unless you want an accident inside or the apartment torn to shreds because of his energy. That said, I think I need to up the pace this year and do more walking as well as biking, which I have been neglecting.
- Quit saying “sorry” — unless you really are. Read this article on the Net about how women are more apt to say “sorry” than men for perceived offenses, while guys don’t say sorry often enough. Ever since reading that, I have been more conscious of when I say “sorry” and yes, it is more often than warranted and I am trying to stop the habit. I don’t know if I am succeeding though.
- Ditch sky-high heels. Now this is weird. I love heels — or at least the idea of them — but don’t wear them often. Or if Iw ear them, I can’t wait to take them off. So this one is a pretty easy resolution to follow. Hmmm, maybe I should follow the inverse and wear more heels?
- Do one thing a week only because you want to. So what’s one thing I should be doing more of? Hmmm…. I have to think about this one.
Looking through these resolutions, I think I’ve done pretty well, considering. Let’s see how I do in 2018, when I review this again.
PS: WordPress just notified me that yesterday was my anniversary on this site. Happy fourth year anniversary to me! Which reminds me, this should be my goal this year — post more adventures! That’s a good one, don’t you think?