I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. I’ve tried them and I usually fail. Then I feel like a failure, which leads to more resolutions to stop failing. It’s a vicious circle. So I have stepped off that merry-go-round. Here are some of the resolutions that never made it to the success column:
- Lose weight – who hasn’t tried this one? And I continue to yo-yo back and forth, so that’s just the way I am. Case closed. Well, not really – I’ll be watching calories or points probably for the rest of my life. The best I can hope for is some kind of dementia that erases my thoughts about my weight but not everything else. Is there a calorie focused Alzheimers?
- Hand write notes to people to say thank you or let them know I’m thinking about them. This has never even gotten off the ground – ask my family. I finally gave up on birthday cards because I never got around to sending them. Somewhere I have a pile of unsent cards some of which are years old. The best I can do these days is send an email that lets a friend or loved one know that I’ve been reading their Facebook page diligently. How lovely.
- Get more exercise. See “Lose weight”.
- Eat a healthier diet. Again, see “Lose weight”.
- Stop drinking. When I used to drink, I would set a goal to stop for one month. Never made it that far. This resolution was abandoned and replaced with a 12 step group. And not at New Years. But visit a 12 step group in early January. The rooms swell with well meaning addicts. They are usually gone by February.
- Watch less TV. Where do I start with this one? At one point in the past ten years, I was down to one 19″ TV and if I wasn’t in front of it when a show was telecast, I didn’t watch it. Now we have three, soon to be four, flat screen TVs, all of which are hooked up to a satellite receiver and DVR. Once we find a show we like, we record it. We have every premium channel there is, and some sports programming that you pay extra for. I actually feel guilty if I don’t watch some shows because we paid extra for them. Somewhere I have gone terribly wrong with the goal of not sitting in front of a TV as much.
- Read more books. Okay, I’ve made some progress on this one since I got a Kindle, but with all the TV watching I have to do, playing with my iPad, and school work, who has time to read?