It is the time of the year when everyone says they will do “X”, turn over a new leaf, or make a change in their lives. I have no idea when this tradition started or why it caught on; one thing I can say is that a majority of people fails miserably when it comes to sticking to these “resolutions”.
In keeping with this tradition I have committed to myself to make some serious changes in my life. I am going to work hard and do the very best I can to make sure these are not empty promises. I am going to share some of these resolutions I have made with you, please don’t laugh because some of them may seem a bit odd to some of you.
1.) Quit Smoking – I actually got a head start on this one as I actually stopped cold turkey in October in anticipation of falling off the wagon a few times. I have cheated exactly three times since then, each time smoking one cigarette. That is pretty good I think and I am super committed this time so I anticipate complete success with this one.
2.) Stop biting nails – this one some people will find disgusting but when I am stressed I sometimes take it out on my fingers. Since January 1st I have taken nary a nibble, so far, so good.
3.) Teeth – I have always been anal with my teeth. I go to the dentist twice a year like I should and brush and use an antiseptic mouthwash at least twice a day. I have always struggled with flossing. My resolution this year is to brush and use the mouthwash at least three times daily and floss at least once a day (at night). I also plan to finally get the three wisdom teeth I have taken out (I have been avoiding this for a few years, they don’t hurt but they are superupting).
4.) Lose weight and exercise – HA, you had to know this one was going to be on the list. I plan to cut down on the calories and actually USE the gym membership I have been paying for religiously. I plan to take the slow approach, no fad diets, just cut down and make some healthy changes like more veggies and water and less carbs and sugar. My goal is to lose 5-7 pounds a month, which seems like a small amount but adds up over the course of a year. For the record I could stand to lose about 40 lbs.
5.) Take a chill pill – I have been told I can be quite intense. My goal this year is to better let things roll off my back. I am not going to let work, school (Masters degree), or family get me agitated. It is just not worth the stress and health problems it causes. Work will still be there…school will work out…and the problems of every member of my family aren’t always mine to give a shit about or get involved with.
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