Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I'm sort of averse to the whole "resolutions" thing. Sometimes I think we're tempted to set some really big goals for ourselves, and then if/ when we fall short... it's just another opportunity to judge ourselves as not being "good enough".
There were plenty of years in the past, where I'd do exactly that. Lose 20 pounds or 30 pounds or get down to a size (whatever). Back when I still smoked, quitting would be a resolution. And after a week or two I'd break my resolution and feel like I'd screwed up the whole year. In January. Before the year had hardly started.
I am SO done with looking for a measuring stick by which I come up short, I am "not enough". Not good enough, not thin enough, not lean enough, not (whatever) enough. Done comparing myself to others, done feeling like I need to do it perfect, or not do it at all. I lost the weight and have maintained for a while, and believe me-- it's been an imperfect ride.
And it really does NOT need to be January 1st, to set a goal for yourself, to decide to make some changes and make them stick. I embarked on my lifestyle change... I think it was August or maybe early September 2011. When I finally did quit smoking, in was in July not January, several years ago.
So I don't do the resolutions thing per se. Doesn't mean I don't set goals for myself, though. The goals on my Spark page are still valid-- maintain a healthy weight, get some exercise, eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
I started 100 Days of Weight Loss on January 1st (this is my second time going through the book). So a goal is-- see this through and work the daily lessons more completely than I did, the first go-round.
I'd like to get a little better at meal planning and stocking the freezer with pre-cooked things, for quick dinners when I'm working and pressed for time. And I'd like to try more new recipes, instead of just sticking with the usual things we eat.
Another goal is to go through some of the crap in this house and streamline things. I can't stand clutter-- it's like it weighs me down, makes me feel anxious, and occupies so much of my time (cleaning it, trying to find *somewhere* to put it, looking for the stuff I really need but can't find, because there's so much other stuff here). Because eating always seems like a good idea (to me) when I'm feeling anxious and stressed... I think removing some of the cause of that stress would be helpful.
And last but not least (and this one is rather silly but ties in with the clutter). Bath & Body Works runs a big sale every January. Last January, I was tempted to go load up on some stuff during the sale. And then I thought about all the B & BW stuff I already had. So instead of buying any more, I decided to make a concerted effort to use up what I've got. o..m..g. Folks, I've been at this for a solid year, and although I've made a dent in it-- I still have plenty left. I'm thinking I'll finally get through the stockpile this year.