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New Year’s Resolutions

January 1, 2012


I hope that everyone’s 2012 is off to a good start. Mine certainly is, with a lie-in until 10am (late for me) and a lovely healthy bowl of porridge with apples, raisins and peanut butter. After a week of more chocolate and cake than normal, I was very glad of something fruity and filling for breakfast. Last night I was in bed before midnight on New Year’s Eve for the second year running, which must mean that I’m getting old! I don’t mind though, because I’ve had plenty of fun times with friends and family this year, so spending a night in was quite welcome.

I’ve been reading lots of blogs over the past couple of days, and the blogworld seems to be divided between those who love to set New Year’s resolutions, and those that don’t believe in them. I guess that I fall somewhere between the two. Generally I don’t like to make resolutions, because in my experience they nearly always get broken. A case in point is the rather silly resolution that I set last year to eat more squash. I didn’t eat nearly enough squash last year, although I made a valiant effort last night when I ate at least half of the butternut squash side dish that was meant to serve five people!

There are loads of things that I would like to do that I COULD set as resolutions:

  • Moisturise more often
  • Wear my contact lenses more regularly
  • Tone up my back
  • Get rid of my stomach flab
  • Eat more oily fish
  • Concentrate more at work
  • Eat more iron
  • Continue to track my spending
  • Tidy up the house / my bedroom more often
  • Iron my clothes sometimes
  • Try out new recipes
  • Bake
  • Strength train
  • Blog more regularly
  • Take more photos for the blog

I do want to work at all those things, but I don’t think that they make good resolutions. Instead, I am going to set three goals for the year that are consistent with the theme of my blog, and that are realistic and challenging.

1) Complete two half marathons and PR in both of them

I have already entered Liverpool Half Marathon in March (I spoke about my training plan yesterday) and I will be on the look-out for another one in the Autumn. I think that I’m at the stage with my running that I’m still improving, so it should be possible to PR in both (if the injury/illness fairies are nice to me of course). I want to do other races during the year as well, but the two half marathons will be my focus.

2) Maintain my pre-Christmas weight

I haven’t weighed myself, but I’m sure that I few pounds have gone on over Christmas, but my goal is to end 2012 at more or less the same weight as I was a couple of weeks ago, with no big ups or downs in between (weight fluctuation is normal, and I’m not worried about a few pounds here or there).

3) Work on being more consistent with my weekly diet

By this I mean that I want to break out of the cycle of overeating at weekends and holidays and under-eating during the week to make up for it. I did really well at this during November, and tracking my food definitely helped. However, I want to make it more of a habit and I eventually want to stop tracking calories on a daily basis (I’ve only been tracking again for a couple of months to get my diet and weight back on track).

Do you set resolutions? Do you stick to them?

18 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2012 2:00 pm

    I think ‘iron my clothes sometimes’ is definitely my favourite haha!
    Happy new year and good luck with the big goals 😀

  2. January 1, 2012 2:31 pm

    Great, Sarah! Not setting too many goals is good, but these are big ones. Especially the 2 marathons is a big one. You can do it though. Happy New Year!

  3. January 1, 2012 3:50 pm

    I’d quite like to make the ‘get rid of my stomach flab’ resolution too but being that I’ve been ‘resolving’ to lose weight every month and ended up gaining it, that ain’t happening. So I’m not a ‘resolutions’ person at all – I never understand why Mondays or Jan 1sts are so empowering for change. Hell, change your life on a Thursday in March, it makes no difference! Just a testament to the power of the mind, I suppose.

    Your take on resolutions is good though – I have every confidence and faith that you’ll have a great 2012, and I can’t wait for the half marathons triumphs – you’re more than capable of getting those PRs.


  4. January 1, 2012 4:09 pm

    Great goals! I traditionally set resolutions, but I’ve decided to break it down month by month this year – I’m hoping the time-dependent actions will be easier to achieve than some of the bigger goals I have set before. Good luck with yours 🙂

  5. January 1, 2012 6:51 pm

    Those look like brilliant goals. I much prefer goals to resolutions but this year I’ve written wish list instead and I’m going to have goals for each month. I like them to keep me on track, resolutions are too fluffy for me!

  6. January 1, 2012 10:30 pm

    I like the “bake” one 🙂 But I think I do that enough already haha!
    I don’t set resolutions, but I like having things to work towards. Once I am better I will be working on getting back into running and being healthy- that is enough for me 🙂
    Happy New year. Oh and your porridge sounds delish.

  7. amosthebordercollie permalink
    January 2, 2012 12:29 am

    Oh, Mum!

    I wanted to say that!

    (I have admin status on my own blog, so there was really no need for Mum to answer for me :$)

  8. January 2, 2012 3:45 am

    happy New Year! Great goals! Very healthy 2012 you have ahead of you by the looks of it 🙂

    I set a few resolutions this year that I’m looking forward to accomplishing. It’s fun to start off a new year with something to work towards!

  9. January 2, 2012 7:17 am

    You go, girl! I’m setting one “theme” goal, and then several specific ones. We shall see how it goes 🙂

  10. January 2, 2012 10:48 am

    I never set resolutions! I think small goals are much more achievable although I haven’t set any of those either, hmmm 🙂
    Your three goals sound great although I love the ironing one in the top list, that’s me too! Happy New Year 🙂

  11. January 2, 2012 3:09 pm

    I never set resolutions only goals each month. Good luck with yours! 🙂

  12. January 2, 2012 4:02 pm

    Great post! 🙂 At first I was hesitant to make resolutions but then I decided too.

  13. lapiattini permalink
    January 2, 2012 9:42 pm

    I love your list of things you’d like to do- I have one of those as well with things like floss more and moisturize more haha. I did decide to do a resolution post, coming out Wednesday, because I’ve loved reading other resolution posts, like yours! Happy New Year and good luck with your goals 🙂

  14. January 2, 2012 10:43 pm

    I love making resolutions 🙂 (I posted mine today!)
    Yours are fab – I love your smaller ones, I really need to moisturise more too!
    And get rid of that dreaded stomach flab!
    Good luck with your half marathons, I bet you’ll achieve your goal 🙂
    Happy New Year!!

  15. January 3, 2012 1:13 am

    I guess I don’t set a standard resolution. I just want to try and live as healthy and natural as possible. Happy New Year 🙂

  16. January 3, 2012 3:37 am

    Happy new year to you! I could set a lot of those “resolutions” too, but they are fairly vague. I tend to set goals all year round so new year is no big deal for me! 🙂

  17. January 3, 2012 4:32 am

    I especially like your third goal- I’m the same way, and it’s not a good habit to have. I’ve been overeating WAY too much on the weekends and it makes me feel awful!

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