While I found it quite hilarious, this display at my local Wal-Mart pretty much sums up why resolutions aren’t always a good idea…
Instead of New Years resolutions, I have compiled a list of “things I’d like to do this year.” Technically, that is pretty much the same thing but it just makes me feel better to phrase it this way. No pressure, no feeling like a failure if I haven’t accomplished everything by February. Just things I hope to be able to do at some point if everything goes right. Here they are in no particular order and with no rhyme nor reason. It probably isn’t even an exhaustive list, just things I have written down so far.
New Year, Better Me
- Take more pictures of people and not just food and kittens. Seriously, it is embarrassing looking through my photos…kitten, kitten, smoothie, salad, really cute kitten picture, soup..etc…I guess as someone who blogs about food this is to be expected, but there are way too many kitten pictures for me to be considered a functioning adult. Score one for me with the picture above (taken right after midnight). Score one for crazy cat ladies everywhere that I took about 7 cat pictures yesterday. It’s a work in progress.
- Better the blog. I can’t believe how far the blog has come! It started at the urging of a friend (thanks Hutto!) and has grown into an integral part of my life. Blogging encourages me to stay motivated, create new recipes, and diversify my workouts. It encourages me to look back at myself and my life and share the experiences that have really helped me to become a better person. I love it and hope that I have inspired even 1 person with the blog, if so I will consider it a great success.
- Similar to the above goal, create better recipes. I want to make healthy and tasty recipes that fit well into my life and that I can share with you. Don’t be afraid to tell me what you’d like to see more of…I love a challenge! I want to be able to share more and better vegan and raw recipes.
- Try a new workout…I’m thinking kickboxing!
- Eat cleaner with a higher percent of raw foods. This of course will be easier come summertime.
- Get back into yoga. I was doing lots of yoga last spring and as a result I was stretched and flexible. Then a little thing called race training happened and yoga fell along the wayside and took my flexibility with it. I love to stretch and I love how yoga leaves me feeling 5 inches taller. I don’t have a set number of times per week I want to do it or anything, I just want to do it!
- Not waste so much food. This kills me, I hate wasting food and no matter how hard I try I still seem to. I want to make a concerted effort to improve this through smart meal planning and eating out less.
- Run at least 2 half-marathons this year (hopefully more). Also, PR both races and run a sub-2 hour race. I will accomplish this by training smarter including hill work, speedwork, cross-training, and training on a variety of surfaces and not just my beloved trail.
- Climb more mountains. I love Colorado, that is all.
- Log all of my miles run (ran?) in 2012. Since I just started really running last summer and didn’t log my mileage over time, I have no frame of reference to know whether saying “run 500 or 1000 or whatever” miles is doable. I want to track all of my mileage this year so I know where I’m at and so I can plan run more in 2013. Talk about a long-term goal!
- Get back into other hobbies I enjoy like painting and playing my banjo. I say this like I am remotely good at either one. However, being creative is still fun even if you are bad at it. I really enjoy painting and trying to create something from nothing. I used to be very hypercritical of my art until I took a class and the instructor said “well if it sucks, just paint over it.” TRUTH. Don’t you wish you could do that with life? Oh and the banjo…well I’ve had that sucker for about 3.5 years now and don’t even know how to change the out-of-tune strings. It was a birthday present a while back and I was gung-ho at first and learned a few songs. Then I’m not really sure what happened. 2012 will be the year that I learn some really great music, I promise!
- I have a list of the 100 best novels of all time. For about 5 years now, it has been my goal to read every book on the list. I love to read but usually trashy murder mysteries take priority over Jane Austin or Chaucer. Not this year! I’m going to get back into my list and read at least one per month. Now if I could only find my library card…
- Learn to push past the point of discomfort whether in strength training, running, healthy diet, life in general. Too often, I give in once things start to hurt or become difficult. I want to really push myself through these self-imposed limits so I can become stronger, faster, healthier, more outgoing and loving, etc…
- Generally just be better. Any improvement on yourself is a success!
- Bring back monthly goals to make this gigantic list seem more doable.
Wow, just looking at this list makes me want a nap. If all goes well, 2012 is going to be an exciting and busy year! What are your goals or resolutions for the new year??