For some reason we only ever think about major changes to our lives at the start of a calendar year. Then after approximately 3 days we give up on them until the next year.
Last year I had some hit and miss success with my resolutions; I didn’t lose any weight, but I didn’t gain anymore. Meanwhile I didn’t read any extra books and I’m still the worst at procrastinating.
I did however, have a lot ‘more fun’. I quit my job as Assistant Manager at the pub I worked in and started tempting as an administrator instead. Brilliantly I actually spent most of the year earning more per hour than I used to, for a much lower ranked job, because Greene King paid me horribly. As a result of working 9-5 (what a way to make a living) I actually got my social life back! I could do things in the evenings and visit friends over the weekends. It’s been bloody brilliant.
I’ve got some new years resolutions of my own and in an effort to make myself commit to them for more than 72 hours I thought I’d share them here to try to inspire myself not to be a massive quitter. Will it work? Hopefully but probably not. What do I want to change then?
So for 2017 I’ve decided to streamline my efforts into the one resolution that I failed horribly with last year. Losing Weight. I’d really like to be in shape again, it’s been far too long. Hopefully, now that I’m happier I’ll be able to focus and actually achieve something.
I need to lose around 42 pounds, so three stone. How am I going to do that you ask? Swimming, walking and cycling mostly. That combined with not eating as much rubbish should do wonders. The classic that pretty much everyone says about themselves. It’s very much a two for one idea. Junk food, takeaways, biscuits and cakes need to be replaced with healthy options though not completely. Strict diets often fail quicker and harder than simple lifestyle changes. Everything can be enjoyed in moderation after all.
Exercise wise my intentions are to swim two to three miles each week, which translates to me going swimming two or three times. I also want to start cycling again, although motivation will be low until the weather starts getting warmer. Finally, I intended to walk more. Over summer I was able to get myself into a routine of walking 20 to 25 miles a week and I hope to get somewhere close to that once more. Again, this does depend on the seasons as I live in the middle of nowhere and don’t fancy walking around a pitch black village.
It wont be an overnight miracle but if I can stick to it I should do okay. That is a big ‘if’ though…