So now I am in the midst of fighting the good fight on eating well, going to the gym, and overall being the best version of myself. I am losing the fight on the first two, so my only hope left is finding some actually meaningful things to try and stick to. Since I ate a doughnut today, any hopes of a low-fat, low sodium, gluten-free, low carb, clean, paleo, flavor-free, or 100% healthy diet are slowly slipping into the night.
That is okay, because instead, I think my promises to myself in 2014 might be more effective than the usual diet and exercise resolution. Here are the New Year goals I have set for myself:
- Remove the word "busy": I am making an effort to remove the word busy from my vocabulary and glorifying it as if it was an accomplishment. This is particularly difficult when I have co-workers who value busy. Just the same, I make my decisions on my schedule, so I will not add to the glorification of "busy" with my own comments.
- Buy less things unless I need them: I will still buy things from time to time that are not essentials, but I will think long and hard about whether it will really bring me that much satisfaction. For example, I have stopped buying sweaters that are cute from an inexpensive retailer, only to be disappointed when they shrink in the wash anyways. I will buy a better sweater instead of two crappy ones.
- Meet new people: I made a few really great new friends in 2013. I think that is a worthy goal to continue. Whether it is connecting back with people I once knew, networking professionally, or meeting more friends of friends, this is a worthy investment. Warning, I am becoming more socially awkward with age, so please expect that when you introduce me to your friends.