We’re nearly a week into the new year… Everyone from talk-show hosts to my friends at work are all asking me the same question: How are the New Year’s resolutions coming along? And my answer to all of them? A little pout and a sigh.
This pout and sigh translates into “not so good,” but I can’t seem to get myself to admit it. Because it’s not entirely my fault. The chocolate chip icecream was literally calling my name. And my husband said he wouldn’t get himself a hot chocolate unless I had one too… and he really wanted one, so I couldn’t stand to say ‘no’. And to be fair, we did attempt to go to the gym. That I had forgotten to bring my sneakers and was instead wearing my ballet flats was just a fluke.
A fluke, I tell you. Pointing fingers will do absolutely no good.
Last night, I pulled out my notebook and looked at the food I’d eaten over the week and the amount of exercising I had done. (I’m currently keeping a food and exercise journal to track my progress). And I felt a little bit discouraged. Because I had been so sure that this was the year I’d be perfect at all my resolutions. (Hey, a girl can dream). And while I’ve done really good with some (like being more spontaneous, reading more, and even working on my novel), I’ve done just so-so with others. Okay, okay. I did kind of bad with others.
Okay, fine. I haven’t even done anything with others. 😉
And these are the ones that are important to me. These are the ones that I really need to kick up a notch. Like working out regularly. Eating more fruits and veggies. Letting go of some of that extra sugar by eating fewer sweets. I really feel that I’ve been a bit lazy as far as my health is concerned; and while I’m still a healthy girl at a healthy weight, my body is definitely begging me to be more active and to eat more greenage.
When it comes to resolutions, it’s so easy to think, “Well, there’s always next year.” Or, because we’re just starting a new year, it’s easy to think, “Well, I’ll start tomorrow.” Because we feel that we failed today. The thing is that goals aren’t meant to be achieved over-night. If they were that easy, they wouldn’t be goals. They’d be thoughtless actions, like breathing or brushing teeth. But no, they’re goals. They’re meant to be worked at and achieved a little bit at a time.
So when I might fall short, it doesn’t mean that I failed. It means that I simply need to try again. And the fun thing about keeping this food and exercise journal is that at the end of the year, I’ll be able to look back and see just how far I’ve come. 🙂
How are you coming along with your resolutions? Which one is giving you the most difficulty?