New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year’s_resolution

I hate these…I really do. Every year I try to decide whether or not I’m going to have resolutions. Then I have to figure out whether or not I can actually accomplish what I want to accomplish.

I need to keep myself in check this year. I’ve been battling demons in 2014 and I’m ready to have them exorcised in 2015.

So here are my resolutions for 2015:

1. LOSE WEIGHT. I know…how many times in the past five+ years have I said I was going to do this? Every single time that I start making progress, I end up self-destructing and things take a turn for the worse. Well…after taking a medication that helped me gain 10lbs in two weeks over the holidays, I’m ready to tackle this one more time. I mean, I just HAVE to do it this time. I started my diet on January 1st and I plan on doing my best to track my calorie intake (using www.caloriecount.com) and eat healthier. I’m committed to not just lose weight but to change my eating habits on a permanent basis. I’m determined to be under 220lbs by the end of 2015.

15km2. RUN A HALF MARATHON. This one is crazy, I know…but I’ve told myself that I’m going to do it. I ran my first 5K in 2014, then I ran a 10K twice later in the year. I don’t care about what my time will be; I just want to tackle a half marathon before the end of the year.  I walked a half marathon before (pictured, right), so if I can do that, I can do this. I think that if everything works out according to plan, I’ll run it close to my 43rd birthday. I can’t think of a better present to give myself than the feeling I’ll get when crossing that finish line.

Debt-Free-Sign3. BECOME DEBT FREE. Here’s the good news with this one: I’m almost there! Once Sunshine and I combined our finances last year, my debt almost disappeared. It grew a little bit over the holidays, but it should be back down to zero by the end of January. Once that takes place, both Sunshine and I can begin working on her debt. Because at the end of the day, her debt is our debt and we’re in this thing together. We’ve set out a budget and so far it’s working (check out our combined “saving money blog” to see how we’re doing!). The long-term goal is to take the entire family on a Florida vacation and eventually buy a home with Sunshine. In order to do that, we need to take care of our financial responsibilities. Thankfully, it looks like we’re on our way to accomplishing our goals. 

4. GO ON A ROAD TRIP. One of the fall-outs from my battle with depression over the past few months has been the effect it’s had on my marriage. It isn’t that we’re not in love anymore, but there’s certainly a distance there that wasn’t there previously. We’ve drifted apart as I’ve tried to repair whatever seems to be wrong with me. Something we haven’t done in well over a year is get away together. Whether it’s a vacation or a weekend road trip, we need to get out of the city and spend time inside an enclosed space together. Most people end up fighting in that type of situation; we THRIVE on it. We need to find a way to reconnect and become “that couple” that we were just a couple of years ago. 

5. HAVE A HAPPY, HEALTHY 2015. After a year that ended pretty rough, I just want to be the best “me” that I can be this year. I want to be happy with myself and enjoy my life, which is something I haven’t been able to do in 2014. I need to overcome this depression and and appreciate all the good things that come my way. I don’t want to take anything for granted because I’m finally living the life I’ve always wanted to live with the person I always wanted to live it with.

I don’t know what 2015 will bring, but I know that only I can control myself and how I live my life.

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2 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

  1. To be honest and hopefully constructive, I think you are setting yourself up to fail again by setting such lofty goals. I was in your situation a few years ago, similar weight, similar goals, and similar past frustration. I’m at 190lbs now (-40lbs!) and feel great and maintain my weight easily. My realization back then was to set small incremental goals, achieve them, and keep them in my life. It is much easier to just change one small thing at a time and make it stick. Some goals don’t work out, evaluate after 30 days and adjust; stay positive! This is a long term journey.

    Here are some examples of small food goals (attempt only one per month):
    – one less cup of coffee each day until I was down to just one cup per day
    – drink water at work, no soft drinks, no flavour squirts, just water
    – no snacks after dinner; no soft drinks; no juice; nothing
    – no snacks except for raw almonds/nuts during the day
    – reduced sugar at breakfast, just 1/3 cup of non-sweetened granola with milk; there is 5-6g of sugar from raisins
    – no more junk food (chips, nachos, hotdogs, etc) during the work week
    – cook from scratch
    – reevaluate each month, try to add a new goal, etc.

    As for exercise, the same approach:
    – walk 5k once a week (this starts you on the path of making time)
    – walk 5k twice a week (once during the work week, once on the weekend, more time planning)
    – walk 5k twice during the work week, once on the weekend
    – add small runs during these walks; build up to mostly running
    – running 5k three times a week is plenty to maintain health, goal accomplished

    With all due respect, adding more mileage can hurt you more than it helps you at your weight; if your end goal is health and making cardio part of your life, you will get most of the benefit without the injuries from 3-5km walk/runs. Check out this TED talk on the damage long distance running can cause:

    Good luck!

    1. Hi Zack.

      Thank you very much for the thoughtful and detailed comment. I really do appreciate what you’ve said and will take it to heart.

      And I’ve watched the video, as well…so please know that I’m not just brushing off your comments.

      I’m not sure how my exercise/diet routine will go over the next few weeks, but I know that I need to find something that works for me.

      Again, I appreciate and thank you for taking the time to write your comments to me. It means a lot.

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