Note: I had no decent photo to illustrate 2012. Just enjoy a pretty sunset photo.
Each and every year during the final week of said year we all start blabbering incessantly about what our resolutions for the new year are. Eat better, work out more, quit smoking, cut back on soda, have more sex, whatever. For most, these resolutions have flown the coop by January 31.
Most of us set unattainable goals filled with unrealistic expectations for the year ahead. Resolutions are all well and good but it’s quite often the same old bullshit talk repeated year after year. Nothing is ever resolved. We’re older, heavier, still smoking, now drinking a 6-pack of Coke per day, and eating more junk food than ever.
For some, guilt sets in by Christmas and we start churning out those promises to do better and stick with it this time. We all know that’s a crock of poop.
It’s that mentality and the lack of setting goals that has been part of why I have gained more weight in one year than I have over 5 years. It’s why I’m still sitting in my chair wondering what the hell happened and when I got so fat, so boring, so…blah. That’s not meant to be self-destructive, that’s there to serve as a wake-up call for the year ahead. The excuses and bullshit has to stop.
Which is why I am flipping the bird at the word “resolution” and instead making goals. Realistic goals that with a little more effort and less yappity yap to inflate my own ego or some futile effort to pretend I’m doing something important I can actually achieve.
In no particular order here they are:
1. Lose 60 pounds by December 31
At an average loss of 5 pounds per month, 60 pounds is an achievable goal over 12 months. I must admit I am ashamed to say I have started to creep dangerously close to 300 (I’m within 30 pounds sadly enough…ugh). In the next few weeks I’ll be joining Weight Watchers and going weekly with my mother in law. She’s offered to pay for my first month of membership but if for some reason financially she cannot afford it I will either split the cost or pay for it on my own.
2. Exercise more. Better known as “Get off your ass and move! Walking 5 feet and snapping a photo then walking another 5 feet doesn’t count!”
Friend and fellow blogger Danielle of Kitten A Go Go made an excellent point/observation on Facebook recently: If she has time to futz on Pinterest, she has time to hit the treadmill. And she doesn’t overdo it either. She takes a book and walks slowly for a certain amount of time and reads while she walks. Easy enough, right? Doable and a great way to get exercise. Mind and body workout all in one. Win!
3. Get finances in order and start prioritizing better
Hubby and I tend to verbally duke it out over finances with both of us being dead set on thinking our way is the only right way. He thinks he knows better than I do and I think I know better than he does. For this year, I’ve declared that if I am going to be the stay at home wife, I am taking control of the finances. That means it’s time to sit down and decide what we want vs. what we need and plan accordingly. We’ve agreed to allow him to take control of the grocery shopping since apparently I suck at it.
4. Stop whining and complaining so much
Admittedly, this is a lofty goal. When I don’t get my way/feel like I’m being ignored/have been cooped up for too long/whatever I start whining and complaining like a spoiled little girl. Tantrums have a way of dominating the household at times. At 31 years old, I should know better. Apparently I don’t otherwise I wouldn’t need to write a goal to stop bitching so much.
5. Eat better and cut out the frozen pizzas, frozen burritos, and that late night cheeseburger because we’re too damn lazy to cook
Yea. Another classic “resolution” that so many of us use. “I SWEAR I’ll eat healthier this year! No bullshit!” Truth is, I’m guilty of saying that and then failing within a month. This year, I am determined to cut that lazy mindset and stay focused. Right before John and I married I went a full 60 days without soda. I can and will do it again thank you much only this time it’ll be the entire year. Soda is bad. Water is good. ‘Nuff said.
Let this blog post serve as a way of reminding me of these goals. If my friends and fellow bloggers see me misbehaving, I’m crossing my fingers they’ll hold me accountable and kick my ass back into shape. I want my life back and I want control over my life again. Talk is cheaper than a 2 dollar hooker on Fremont St. in Downtown Vegas so it’s time quit talking and start doing.
Here’s to a new year and achieving goals instead of the same old craptastic resolutions. Happy New Year my friends!
Question for today: Goals or resolutions? What do you call them and why? Do you have anything you’re determined to achieve in 2012? If so, what is it?