Every year on January 1st the entire nation (and maybe even world) make resolutions to change certain things in their lives—lose 50 pounds, win the lottery, finally clean out that overstuffed closet, etc. And every year, many people break those resolutions within a few weeks or months. I have been no exception to this trend. This year, I decided to break the cycle and not make resolutions. This year, I made goals instead.
What is the difference you may ask? Well, in my mind the difference is that resolutions generally do not have any definition or plan behind them, where goals have some sort of plan as to how to achieve them. With that in mind, I have compiled a short list of goals for coming year. Some of them are health related and will help improve my daily living:
- Drink more water: Try to drink at least 2 liters of water a day
- Reduce my sugar intake: I love sweets—it’s my greatest weakness!
- Increase my activity level: Currently not exercising, so I am going to incorporate using our stationary bicycle for at least 20 minutes a day to begin with and then steadily increase the duration until I reach 45 minutes.
- Greatly reduce my eating out at restaurants: I am striving to eat more home-cooked meals so that I can control my salt, sugar, and fat intake.
- Reduce my stress levels and learn to manage it better so that I can eliminate my anxiety medication.
- Reduce my weight to the point that I can eliminate my blood pressure medication.
I currently weigh 279.4 pounds, and carrying all that extra weight is slowly killing me. My joints hurt, my moods are haywire, and I have chronic back pain. I know this is all a direct result of my weight, so I have made the decision to get healthier. I know it will be a slow process, but I believe that if I take baby steps and don’t expect things to change overnight, I know that I can accomplish these goals.