I just looked back at my 2016 New Year's Resolutions and 2015, and 2014, and 2013. They're all suspiciously similar which means I rarely keep my resolutions. So … why make them? Well, for one thing it forces me to decide what self-improving aspects of my life are important and even if I don't actually accomplish them, I'm at least cognizant of them.
I'm pleased to report that I did manage one important resolution this year. I ate healthier and lost weight and now weigh much closer to my “ideal” body weight (whatever that really is), have lost two full sizes in jeans (very important) and I do not qualify as obese using the AHA website scale (what a relief!).
No secret diet … I've been eating less carbs which means I've pretty much eliminated junk food and sweets (but not wine!). I also bought a Fitbit last June and have used it fairly religiously (until this holiday season). I've found it to be an excellent incentive for walking and exercise.
On the other hand … I did NOT finish writing a book. I've made absolutely NO progress on the new website. We've actually reduced the daily blog to 3x per week instead of daily, mostly because we didn't do as much sailing/traveling this past year. And as for being kinder, gentler and better-natured … man, this is the hardest one of all. David is the patient, kind, gentle one and I need to counter-balance him, I think.
Nevertheless, looking ahead at 2017, I resolve to ...
- Finish writing a freakin' book, for heaven sakes!
- Maintain a healthy diet and exercise
- Spend less and enjoy more
- Stay in better touch with friends
- Be kinder, more patient, less judgmental (maybe impossible, but worth another try)
- Learn something new … perhaps #5 above??
I encouraged David to make his resolutions and share them, but no dice. The Captain doesn't resolve!
So … did you make any New Year's Resolutions? Will you keep them?
Remember, January 17th is Ditch Your New Year's Resolutions Day, so there's still plenty of time.