Happy New Year!
Like many people, I try and see each new year as an opportunity to start a fresh and also look back on what you've achieved over the past 12 months.
Every year I make loads of new year's resolutions, most of which are either too vague to know how to achieve them of so daunting that I soon give up on them. So, this year I've tried to make the effort to create achievable, meaningful goals for 2013 that will hopefully continue to inspire me over the next twelve months.
Here's my resolutions for 2013
Live a healthier life
On the surface this seems really vague, something I wanted avoid, but I've created some key things to achieve in order lead a healthier life.
First, over the course of the year I want to lose 2 stone - any more than that would be a very welcome bonus! To make this seem a little less overwhelming I'm aiming to lose 1lb a week. By giving myself small, regular goals I'm hoping that I can keep up initial new year's enthusiasm all year. Each week is a new chance to exceed my expectations and get one step closer to achieve my target weight.
Next, I want to exercise at least three times a week. It can be really difficult to exercise regularly and after a long day at work it is so easy to make excuses. This year all I'm asking for is a 30 minutes three times a week. It's not much but I'm hoping that even doing a small amount of regular exercise will show me the progress I crave to really want to exercise!
In term of food, I'm usually pretty good with what I eat. Although it's taken me a lot of years to overcome the various problems I've had with food, 2012 allowed me to talk about my issues and begin to see food in a healthy way. If I want to eat junk food I'll let myself, but I'm now more aware of when I'm just eating through comfort and boredom as opposed to actually wanting to eat something. This year I want to continue to improve my relationship with food and not let myself fall back into my old habits when times get tough.
I have a horrible habit of keeping hold of things I no longer need or want. In 2013 I want to learn the art of efficient and effective downsizing that will last! So, no more buying books and DVDs when I still have so many I haven't read/watched and no more buying things just because. Over the next few months I'm going to work my way through my things and sort everything into what I want to keep, sell and donate - there's no need to keep everything just because you can!
Do more for me
I love doing things for other people, but sometimes I forget to do what I want. 2013 is the year I stop being such a push over and listen to what I want from life. There are a lot of things in my life I only do to keep other people happy, and although seeing them enjoy something is nice I can't overlook what I want all of the time. This year is about finding that crucial balance.
Follow plans through
My final resolution for 2013 is to follow plans through. Whether it be to spend more time learning French or catching up with friends, I am terrible at sticking to the plans I make. I get excited about something and eventually start making excuses why I can't finish what I've started. I'm not sure if it's being scared of failing or just being blame lazy, but this year I'm going to make a real effort to stick to the things I say I'm going to do.
Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year. I'm really looking forward to diving into the New Year and getting stuck in to what I hope will be a great year!
What are you looking forward to in 2013?