Resolutions. The word fills me with dread. I had it in my head that I had made a ton of resolutions last year that I didn’t come anywhere near accomplishing, so I was afraid to look up what they were. Turns out I was wrong. While I made smaller goals throughout the year that I didn’t accomplish (helllooo weight gain and no physical therapy), I actually did AWESOME on my resolutions.
Despite the shorter term goals that I largely ignored (besides running…I totally rocked running this year despite being sidelined with a torn ligament), my only New Year’s Resolution was to run in a race. I didn’t even set a goal distance because at the time of writing it, I was just finishing up physical therapy for tendinitis and had no idea how far I could increase my mileage without further bouts of pain. In 2015 I did run in a race. Two, actually. And they were both half marathons. Booyah! Race recaps HERE [2:39] and HERE [2:15].
I had no idea my resolution was already, actually and fully accomplished. Twice. That’s awesome!
Another ongoing resolution that I didn’t write out this year, but is with me nonetheless, is to smoke less. In 2014 I did NOT smoke 70% of the days of the year. That sounds pretty good…coming from someone who used to smoke every day (so my nonsmoking percentage used to be 0%). I had set my 2015 goal to be a nonsmoker 80% of the days. I did not meet that goal, but I did reach 77%, which is an improvement over last year, so that’s still good, right? 🙂
For 2016, there are a million things I want to do better. Career, health, weight, fitness, reading, education, saving money, friendships. I don’t want to make a bunch of resolutions and not accomplish them (like I thought I did this year). I want to make one (taking Keen Peach’s advice!).
My one resolution is to get in shape. That doesn’t sound like a very SMART goal, and it is a composite of a lot of things I want to do. It involves running and weight training more, eating better, and losing 20 pounds. I know the weight thing is shallow and probably setting myself up for failure and disappointment, but it’s something I always want and always half ass. So, this is the year I really try. Hopefully a wedding and a honeymoon are motivation enough to kick my ass into gear!
I think my keys to success are making better small decisions. Deciding not to buy a croissant (I failed at that today, but it’s still 2015!). Deciding to take an exercise class, instead of doing 10 push ups and calling it a workout. Deciding to make dinner instead of ordering Chinese. These are all easy decisions that I fail to make on a regular basis, so now I start trying. Every good decision is a success, regardless of results, and I’ve already started.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!