By Nancy Cozart
It’s That Time of Year Again
The holidays are over, New Year’s Eve is behind us, and the New Year is here. It’s that time of year again…time for New Year’s Resolutions. In the past, I would start the year with good intentions, but I never seemed to be able to stick to my resolutions and goals. Instead of losing 10 pounds, I gained 10 pounds. Instead of exercising more, I exercised less. Instead of saving more money, I spent more money.
This year, I have decided to set more realistic New Year’s Resolutions that are easier to achieve.
Spend More Time on the Treadmill
This year, my first New Year’s Resolution is to spend more time on my treadmill. This was also my New Year’s Resolution last year, but it didn’t go very well. I started out the year last year with good intentions, but I lost motivation. After spending hours walking on my treadmill, last year in the beginning of the year, but then losing motivation, I have decided to focus on a more realistic approach to spending more time on my treadmill this year. This year, I have decided to use my treadmill for taking naps. So, now instead of walking on my treadmill, I have decided to place my pillow on my treadmill, lie down on it, cover myself with a blanket, close my eyes ….and take a nap. Mission accomplished. I am now spending more time on my treadmill. I have achieved my first New Year’s Resolution this year.
Get Into Shape
Last year, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to get into shape. That didn’t go so well, either. This year, I have decided to take a more realistic approach to my New Year’s Resolutions. I have come to the realization that round is a shape. Therefore, I am already in a shape. The shape is round. I have achieved my second resolution this year. I have decided not to be so self critical. I have come to terms with the fact that I am already in shape: and that shape is round.
Last year, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to exercise more frequently. That didn’t end up happening. So, this year I have decided to take a more realistic approach. This year, I have decided to spend more time walking around the zoo…especially the elephant area. By spending more time walking around by the elephants at the zoo, I have discovered that I look much thinner compared to the elephants. Instead of trying to lose weight, I can hang out by the elephants and look much thinner in comparison.
Last year, I set a goal to lose weight. Unfortunately, I did not lose those extra pounds…and I actually found more pounds instead. I tried to play hide and seek with the extra pounds…but I could never seem to find a good hiding spot, because those extra pounds always seemed to find a way to find me. This year, I decided to take a 10 pound rock and write the word “weight” on it. I decided to put it in a good hiding spot in my closet, behind all my old sweaters. This is working out great, because I lost the “weight”…I lost 10 pounds!
Go on a Diet
In 2020, I tried to go on a diet, but it didn’t work out very well. I tried to eat healthy, but it was really difficult to cut down on the carbs. I prefer being “carby” vs. being “crabby”. This year, I decided instead of going on a diet, I have decided to go on a “live it”. I have come to the realization that life is too short to be miserable, hungry and crabby. I would rather go on a “live it”, instead of a “diet”. So, this year, I have decided to add more fruit to my meals…so I added a glass of wine at dinner time! This year, I decided to add more enjoyment to my meals, so I added a cookie, a cannoli, a chocolate ….or a piece of cheesecake… for dessert. When I order carryout, my new motto is “Leave the tip…take the cannoli”!
Save More Money
Last year, I tried to save money and put more money into savings. Unfortunately, I ended up spending more money. This year, I have decided to take a more realistic approach. Instead of focusing on saving money, I am focusing on spending more time at home, eating more meals at home, and taking my lunch to work with me. With the money I am saving by eating more meals at home, I can afford to splurge on something yummy once a week…like an Iced Caramel Macchiato…or a French Vanilla Iced Coffee…or a Strawberry Banana Smoothie. Instead of going on a diet and cutting down on the foods and drinks that I like the most…and trying to save money….I am going on a “live it” and I am splurging on the food and drinks I enjoy the most! I am still trying to save for a rainy day…but I want to enjoy my sunny days, too!
More Realistic Resolutions in 2021
In 2021, I am taking advice from one of my favorite bands, The Bee Gees. I am focusing on ” Staying Alive” …and having “Saturday Night Fever” minus the fever…at home. I am watching more movies at home, social distancing, eating healthy meals at home, cooking more, spending more time with my dog and my family, enjoying life, and not worrying so much about losing weight.
I might not be participating in charity walks like I used to do, thanks to the Pandemic. But I am spending more time taking my dog for socially distant walks to the park.
In 2021, I am living my best life, social distancing, and focusing on staying healthy. I might not be going to the gym like I used to do before the Pandemic, but I am still living a healthy lifestyle. In 2021, my goal is to live my life, be happy, spend time with family, and not worry so much about losing weight. Losing weight can wait. Staying happy and going on a “live it” instead of a “diet” can’t wait. I am declaring 2021 my year! I am setting realistic goals this year…so there’s no stopping me now! I will achieve my achievable goals this year! Let’s raise a glass! Cheers! Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year! Namaste!