Not make resolutions.
It’s a recipe for immediate disaster.
I’m fully aware that this is all psychological.
And that calling a rose by any other name doesn’t make it any less than what it actually is, a rose. That said, over countless years of drawing up list upon list of resolutions (and failing dismally to fulfill any), this MO seems to work better for me. This renaming of resolutions as intentions. Or desires. Or to dos. When I peg them as resolutions, my mind instantly conjures up the first day of a new year. And that’s precisely how long those resolutions are remembered. 24 hours (if I’m lucky). It’s as though if they’re called resolutions (or goals), they become more like, well, wishes. And hopes. Not focused, determined commitments to achieve or acquire (or rid oneself of) things that are of immense value, tangible as well as non tangible.
AM I MAKING ANY SENSE?
Is it the very same with you?
Or am I essentially writing a truckload of poppycock?
At times, I wonder, you know.
If anyone’s reading what I write at all.
Or am I regurgitating my thoughts to none but myself.
Regardless, however you may call them, here are my intentions for the new year (and hopefully beyond).
In my peak, two years ago, I was able to go from an hour of boxing or Muay Thai to an hour of intense Zumba and finish off with an hour of crossfit. I want 2017 to be the year when I can reclaim that fitness level.
Lower my BMI by another 10 to 12%.
Shed those last 20lbs.
Add up to 35% lean muscle mass.
Go back to boxing and Muay Thai. I’d been doing those for a steady three years before I had knee surgery in October 2014.
Stop seeing an elephant each time I look in the mirror, and celebrate that I’ve lost 55lbs in the last eight months, and acknowledge what a major accomplishment that was.
Recognise (and accept) that (the occasional) indulging in wheat and gluten and dairy and eggs is simply out of the question. Having a wee bit of a sweet treat now then paying for it with a 9-day course of Prednisone is truly not worth it.
Cease griping about my food intolerances (gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, most greens, many spices and condiments, several fruits, anything containing cow’s milk, nuts), and just deal. And be thankful that I can still eat meat and seafood and spuds and rice.
Acknowledge that it’s quite alright to make myself a priority at times.
Learn to love myself because I am more than what I think I am.
I AM MORE THAN ENOUGH
Stop nagging them so much. Stop nagging, period. It makes life unpleasant for all.
Don’t just show them I love them. Tell them I love them, and frequently.
Be a better stepmother to my two sons. Work harder at being their friend.
Resist the urge to implode into a frenzied panic attack should the kitchen not be sparkling clean and/or dinner isn’t the sumptuous spread I’d envisioned. Shit happens. Life (and work) get in the way, and plans change. It’s not the end of the world. And it certainly doesn’t make me less of a parent/wife if I use Door Dash once in a while.
Resist also the urge to try and be what I think is the perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect person. That doesn’t exist. It isn’t real. And it isn’t healthy.
Spend as much time with Eve as possible before she goes away to university in the Fall (sob).
Spend as much time with my husband as possible because tomorrow is not promised.
Appreciate him for the amazing man he is (snores, grunts, klutziness et al) who, for some unfathomable reason, loves me for what I am (faults, grumpiness, bitching et al).
Let loose a little. Chill. Relax. It’s all good.
Work (Blog/Day Job)
Stop being afraid of success.
Enough of the self-sabotage.
Embrace my strengths and use them.
Appreciate the independence my daytime job has given me to pursue my love of writing and the freedom to grow this blog.
Get better at working with others.
Learn to plan better so I don’t always have to fly by the seat of my pants.
Understand that deadlines are meant to be met, not missed.
And stop being my own worse critic.
And that’s it.
What’s on your list of “must accomplish” this year?
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