Inspirational Sunday: New Year’s Resolutions for 2014
Happy New Year as well. It is indeed a new year, a fresh start for those of us who like turning a new page. Last year I posted my resolutions and I must say that I accomplished about 3/4 of them to great success!* You can read about it HERE. The other fourth, I attempted, but for one reason or another, were not completely accomplished; hence my 7 pounds out of a hopeful 28 pounds loss. Not a total fail, but not completely done with. My list below is a basic outline of what I hope to “do” in 2014. I left it a bit general for you reader, but rest assured, I have them written down in great detail and posted in plain view for me to see and think about each day.
This year, my plans that weren’t accomplished are more narrowed down to be more specific. In other words, just saying “I want to lose 28 pounds this year,” I have made the job more of a weekly task to work on gradually with actual numbers and a plan. More on that later.
I want to discuss, briefly I hope, the fact that even though my best-laid-plans of 2013 weren’t completely conquered, there were so many important things that I realized about myself that are important to point out. Perhaps you also realized things about yourself through my journey. Plans are good, but growth is the most important thing to me. Becoming a better version of myself is always number one on the list. So here they are itemized in no particular order of discovery or importance:
- I am gluten intolerant. Well, this certainly cuts down on a lot of once available calories for me. That’s been the plus side. It is still easy to overeat (I’m baking my gluten-free birthday cake as I write this!), but regardless, this will be something I will have to contend with for the rest of my life.
- Lots of extraneous exercise will not help me to lose weight. You may remember my posts about marathoning and walking for hours upon hours only to gain weight. I called it the “marathon effect.” Cardio, strength training, and stretching are great in moderation, but are only 15% of the equation in losing weight…DAMN!
- Proper macronutrient ratio’s help me feel full. I’m a person who needs equal parts of complex carbo’s to protein with some fat. Too little of carb or protein and I am toast.
- Sugar is my enemy and creates binging problems. This one sucks. I love sugar. But, it is a completely useless and un-needed “food.” It triggers my blood sugar to rise and drop, sometimes to dangerous levels and then makes me frantic to eat the first thing I see…and then keep eating. I turn into one of those spring caterpillars before they go into the cocoon.
- Binging can be dealt with. Not completely done with this one yet. The devil on my shoulder will always be there. But I can learn to master those temptations by following the former two discoveries listed above. Most of all, riding out the wave of greed, and always being prepared if it does strike, is key for me.
And now for the Resolutions:
- Find a home church to meet new people, find ways to socialize and commune with like believers. (I am protestant Christian, if you didn’t know)
- Find the best Baked Beans recipe. (I know that may sound weird, but I LOVE them)
- Financial Responsibility (this is more detailed, but that’s all I’m going to list here)
- Lose 4 pounds a month (this is also more detailed, but I’ll write more about it later)
- Visit 5 museums
- Attend 5 Art Openings
- Make 5 artworks (more specifically written down, but again…)
- Cook through the cookbook How to Eat by Nigella Lawson (sort of a Julie & Julia scenario)
- Improve romantic social life (not going to give you more on this, but I have a plan)
- Make a “Garden of Envy” (I’ll take photos all through the year for you to prove it!)
I wish you all the best if you also have set goals for yourself. It is easy to give up and quit. But then nothing ever changes. If it isn’t working, what if you re-work the goal? Good Luck!
* I successfully accomplished goals #3,4,5,6 & 7