New Year Resolutions.... Or not

January 15, 2018, by Christy

I'm not sure why I signed up to write about resolutions, I don't make new year's resolutions. I gave up years ago. What is the point of making a resolution to do something that 99% of the population is not successful at and never had any intention of succeeding at anyway.

I've made a conscious effort to only make new year's resolutions that I actually plan to carry through.  I have been successful at exactly 3 resolutions over the last 2 decades.

The year I was in grade 12 I decided to start exercising every day.  I literally woke up on January 1, 1997 and started doing step aerobics every single day for 20 minutes.  Eventually, I lost 75 pounds.  Success!

Another year, I decided that I was no longer going to put sweetener in my coffee.  I read somewhere that putting sweeteners in hot beverages was bad and I just decided that Jan 1 I would drink my coffee black.  Now I use real sugar, but I still don't use sweetener.  Success!

Finally, I decided to stop drinking diet pop. I was having up to 2 a day and I didn't like the way it made me feel, not to mention that apparently I was turning against sweetener.  I started drinking club soda and juice to satisfy that carbonated craving.  Today, I drink sparkling water instead.  Success!

When I googled resolutions I was interested to see that the first thing to pop up in the search was about the top resolutions made (and broken!).  Per Neilson's, this is a list of the top 10 resolutions made in 2015 and something tells me that the list hasn't changed much in the last 3 years:

1. Stay fit and healthy                                           
2. Lose weight   
3. Enjoy life to the fullest                  
4. Spend less, save more                                      
5. Spend more time with family and friends
6. Get organized
7. Will not make any resolutions
8. Learn something new/new hobby
9. Travel more
10. Read more

I am not surprised to see that staying fit and losing weight are the top 2 on the list. Every second person you talk to has some sort of new health thing going down in the new year. In my opinion, this is a direct result of eating all the food over the holidays.  Doesn't everyone gain 5 pounds over the holiday season?  I don't need to make a resolution to just start eating normal after the holidays are over.

I think many of the other resolutions on the list are directly related to Christmas.  People want to spend less since they over spent on gifts during December.  Or maybe on themselves.  I find it hard to pass up on all the Black Friday and Boxing Day sales!  Not to mention that we need to organize our houses, or in my case closets, to get all the new stuff in.  If you have kids, a toy overhaul is always required after the grandparents spoil the kids with new toys!

I was happy to see that I am not the only one that chooses not to make resolutions as it topped number 7 on the list!

I found it interesting that reading through the TBB Asks posts last week, when asked if people made resolutions many said no. Instead of making resolutions they were more goal focused.  That was exactly how I felt.  I don't need a new year to set goals for myself when in reality I do this all year long.

I have many goals that I aim to achieve on a regular basis, to name a few:

1.  I aim to exercise 3 times a week.  When I had young kids I had to work really hard at this one, now I blow it out of the water most weeks.

2.  I aim to update my annual photo book monthly.  I love printing a book of my favorite photos of the year but instead of making it a big annual project, I do it monthly to make it less stressful.

3.  I aim to blog 3 times a week.  2017 was tough on this goal.  2011 through 2016 and I blogged consistently 2 times a week, this year I had 20 fewer posts.  It isn't because I have less to say, it is probably a reflection of finding the time to dedicate to blogging.  I want to work on this in 2018.

4.  Eat healthy.  I aim to choose healthier foods and to eat others in moderation.  I am not ready to give up pizza or wine but I am willing to make healthier choices during the week to allow myself to indulge a little on the weekends.  Just this week my trainer at the gym rolled his eyes at me when I told him I replaced my bed time snack with a glass of wine.  Ha!

It isn't an accident that I started each of my goals with 'aim'.  While it is my goal to do these things, I don't beat myself up if I don't meet the goal.  I set the goals within reach so I won't fail.  Rather than beating myself up because I didn't meet my goal, I want to congratulate myself because I did.  Life is too short to set your self up to fail.

All this to say I don't do resolutions.  Link up and tell us why you do or don't make resolutions and what they may be.

Happy Monday!




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