HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I wanted to start the year off with a list of things I am going to try to accomplish in 2008. While putting together the list I started thinking of all my failed resolutions of past. Then I started think of why I failed them. The answer is simple, I made unrealistic resolutions instead of attainable goals. You say the difference is semantics, I say it’s a state of mind.
Let us hold hands with the ghost of New Year’s past and travel to depths of Roni’s memory…
The year is 1999. I just graduated with my Masters degree weighing in at my all time highest weight of 210 pounds. I moved, got a new job and was starting my new life as a working professional. The boyfriend (now the husband) and I were celebrating New Year’s Eve together alone in our new apartment. We snapped a picture of ourselves on our new web cam (man are we gadget whores) and I am devastated by what I see and I say… (yes that is really me 12:30AM Jan 1 2000.)
"THAT’S IT!! It’s New Years and I’m going to lose this weight. I’m never going to eat a carb again. I’m going to wake up every day before work and jog. I’m going to only drink water. I’m going to do 100 sit ups every night before bed."
You know how long that lasted?
By the afternoon of the first, I’m hung over and I’m starving. We order pizza and I say, “I’ll start tomorrow. Who actually starts a diet on the 1st anyway?”
Sound at all familiar?
Now let’s return to the New Year’s of present. (I can’t lie this picture was taken on Christmas but it serves my purpose)
The year is 2008. I am embarking on my own business ventures raising my very active toddler and am now married to "the boyfriend". I weigh about 145lbs, 10 pounds more then my all time low of 135 but 65lbs less then my all time high. Now, what do I say today…
"By the end of this year will train to climb that steep incline wall at the gym, I will train e to do one unassisted pull up. To accomplish these goals I will make working out a priority, I will continue to journal and watch my diet, choosing healthy foods that nourish me and my body."
See the difference?
In the past I put too much pressure on myself and I made resolutions that even if I kept I’d hate doing. Now I know better. Now I set goals and do what works for me to reach those goals. Not only what works for me but what is fun and possible for me to do. It may not seem like a big deal but unrealistic resolutions create a sense of failure when you don’t achieve them. However, realistic goals create a sense of confidence when you do.
Here’s to us achieving all of our goals in 2008. We can do it with a little bit of hard work and patients. I KNOW we can!