I shouldn’t say that everyone makes a New Year’s resolution. In fact, I think that the majority of people that make resolutions either want to a) lose weight or b) stop smoking. Well, as it is, I have already quit smoking several years ago, so I guess I fall into the former category. But instead of making specific resolutions, I am going to make lifestyle changes with specific achievements that aren’t necessarily goals, but if I achieve them it will be a signpost, if you will, that I am achieving the things that I want to do.
1) Goal: Get back in shape. Lose weight, trim down, lower blood pressure. These are all reasons that I would like to get into shape. The last couple of years I have had halfway legitimate excuses for not exercising (recovering from three separate surgeries, after all.) I still should have eaten better than I did. So eating less, less junk fast food, regular exercise will be on the list.
Signpost: Ride in the BikeMS Pedal the Plains. I was excited to participate last year, but back pain sidelined me from training, and back surgery ultimately kept me on the sidelines. If I do finish, I am contemplating getting a zipper tattoo on my scar to remind me of both last years disappointment and this years achievement.
2) Goal: Be mentally healthier. The day to day moments of the last couple of years have really kept me down, despite those momentous moments that would otherwise have put me in great spirits. Lifestyle changes will help, along with staying up to date on my medications and exercise.
Signpost: Getting a job that I really enjoy. Going for more money might not even be particularly important at this point. I need to do something that doesnt add exponentially to my stress.
3) Goal: Read. As I have stated before, the last half of last year, I started reading again. My goal for my 35th year was to read 50 books. The count now stands at 23, with most of those being back loaded at the end of the year. I amended that to say that I was going to read 10 classics. I still may be able to hit both goals.
Signpost: War and Peace. It is in hand, and it will be conquered. I am looking forward to finishing but not for the satisfaction of finishing itself, but for the satisfaction of a well told, incredible story.
4) Goal: Write. Reestablishing this blog has been a good step. Writing is an outlet, no matter if it is the truth or fiction.
Signpost: Having a rough draft of a novel done.
Well, that’s it for me. How about you?