How many of your New Year’s resolutions have you kept so far?
As of 3 January 2015, my broken New Year’s resolutions totalled three out of four. Even that last one has been stuck to reluctantly – I’d quite happily swap dry Jan for a glass of pinot right now!
Every year I start out with the very best intentions on 1 Jan. And every year, sooner or later, my ‘new year, new me’ resolve ends up broken by the end of the month. Here’s how it happened this year (and why I’ve decided to carry on anyway!)
Resolution 1 – one month sugar free
I don’t want to give too much away, as I’m saving my experiences of ‘living life sugar free’ for a separate post. But what I will say is this: sugar is in everything. I mean literally everything. And I’m not even trying to go a month without any sugar at all – just added sugar and the worse-for-you refined stuff!
So far, I’ve unwittingly eaten added sugar in fat-free natural yoghurt, commonly-used cooking sauces and dried fruit (seriously?)
You know what though? I’m not going to worry. My plan to try a month without sugar was never really about getting to February and patting myself on the back while eating a big slice of cake. It was more about seeing how easy the challenge would be, and whether it would encourage a long-term change.
That said, this one’s a resolution I’m going to persevere with, even if there are probably a few more sugar lapses to come!
Resolution 2 – five-a-week fitness freak
So, I started off New Year’s week well. 29-31 Dec, I exercised every day. Then I weighed myself.
I’m ashamed to say that realising I hadn’t put on weight over Christmas made me give up for the rest of the week. Even I know pounds aren’t a good measure of fitness (it’s far more likely my pre-Christmas muscle has just turned straight back into fat!) Then there was the knowledge that I’ll be back in a work/gym routine next week – shouldn’t I just enjoy my last few days off relaxing?
In a word, yes. If 2014 taught me anything, it’s that you can’t go hell for leather on the treadmill every day without a. tiring yourself out or b. increasing your risk of injury. Rest days are important for helping your body recover in between workouts, so it’s stronger when the next one comes around.
That’s why, in 2015, instead of starting out at five workouts a week, I’ve decided to build up my fitness until I feel confident that my body can cope with an extra exercise day. Besides, if all else fails, I’ve always got my 10,000 steps a day resolution to fall back on…
Resolution 3 – 10,000-a-day step geek
Wow, this one lasted an entire day!
- January 1: 10,005 steps. Deliberately got off the train a stop further away from my destination on a trip to the in laws, and enjoyed a nice long seafront walk. Start as you mean to go on etc…
- January 2: 9,016 steps. Took a massive detour to the shop, then darted around cleaning up the flat. Actually kind of disappointed I didn’t manage the last 984…
- January 3: 2, 402 steps. I mean, it was raining all day. There’s only so much pacing up and down your own living room you can do of an afternoon! *sigh*
It’s OK, I know the importance of a few good rest days (see resolution 2) plus it is still officially the holidays!
Resolution 4 – 31 days dry
So far, my dry January resolution is the only one I’ve actually stuck to. Maybe that’s because Mr Rinroad’s doing it as well. Having a resolution buddy definitely helps – I’d feel so guilty if I broke first!
Plus, I managed dry January last year – I refuse to believe that I can’t go 31 days without a glass of wine again. Although last year I did have a holiday and five seasons of Breaking Bad to see me through…
Maybe we’ll wait and see with this one!
How many New Year’s resolutions are you hoping to stick to in 2015? Have you broken any yet? Don’t worry, you’re in good company!