Oh gosh. I realise that it’s only the beginning of the year and already I am a few days late in joining the bandwagon of making annual resolutions that would probably not even make it to the end of January. But this year I promise myself I am going to make them happen and see them through to the 31st of December 2012 (and onwards).
If you read around (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, what have you…) everyone wishes you the same thing: a happy new year. That, my folks, is my overly cliched resolution for two thousand and twelve, the year of the dragon. Happiness is such a pleasantly joyful emotion that I’d want to feel this way 366 days out of the year. Hey that’s one extra day to be happy, isn’t it? Of course, being a woman, emotions come and go but generally speaking there shouldn’t be any reason to hold me back from being happy in good times and bad.
Underlying this happiness resolution are 3 sub-resolutions that I am aiming for this year: eat less, spend less and exercise more.
Here’s how they all tie up to being happy…
- Eat less
There is no doubt that I am in dire need to shed a few kilos. Five kilos would be good and anything more than that is my icing on the cake. Mmmm, cake. I think it’s about time to admit that I do have a semi unhealthy relationship with food. I eat because I see food and it’s not necessarily because I’m hungry. Too much food thought has accumulated in excess kilos that are currently preventing me from fitting properly into my favourite old pair of jeans and that’s not all that I am having a hard time fitting into.
The goal is to eat less sweets, eat less junk and eat in less portions. That, together with the other 2 sub-resolutions, will hopefully help me reach my target weight loss of 5 kilos and every gram I lose prior to that will make me a happy camper.
- Spend less
There is also no doubt that I spend way too much money on food. Unnecessary spendings at McDonald’s, Hungry Jacks and Nandos. These, I know, are bad for you and I have come to the conclusion that I do not want to pay some conglomerate to make me unhealthy. Relapses are sometime inevitable when I get cravings for fried food like fries and nuggets but I am limiting myself to just 1 relapse per month.
There are quite a few things I want to save up for like buying a house and traveling in the next few years so I figure I better cut back on unnecessary expenses ASAP and start saving up for things that are of real value to me. Seeing constant savings makes me happy on so many level.
- Exercise more
I was never an active person and yet my resolutions every year since I started making such a list always involve being active – more sports, more gym time, try new fitness classes. Yeah, I am able to keep that resolution for 1 month tops. I know it’s gonna be a long and hard journey given my 20+ odd years of a sedentary lifestyle but let me just say that 2012 will be the year I start living a healthier lifestyle and I am full on determined to make it happen. Four days into the year and I have been keeping active every single day.
Here is my logic: if I can wake up at 5am for work I can also get up at 5am to go jogging. I’m looking at it as an investment for my health and my future. Exercising releases endorphins, the feel good happy hormones, so by nature I should be happy after exercising, right?
I hope that you, too, will have a happy and fantastic year ahead!