For some years I didn’t make any New Years Resolutions. I thought I wasn’t likely to keep them so saw no point in making them.
Then last year, when K asked if I’d like to make any resolutions, I made two – one half-joking, the other less so. I said that I wanted to keep my job (just started in Dec ’08) for longer than I kept the job I accepted at the end of ’07. And I said I would exercise every day. I’ll let you decide which one was the joke.
Amazingly enough, I’ve kept both resolutions. I confess that "exercise" has meant, on a couple of low days, a 20-minute treadmill trudge while I cough and wheeze and blow my nose the entire time. But I have done cardio, weights, or yoga every single day of 2009 to day.
And I kept my job 🙂
So now I’m wondering if I can tackle another resolution for next year? If so, what might it be?
One thought is to commit to some other worthwhile daily activity. I’m considering committing to at least 15-20 minutes of some sort of "housekeeping" activity daily, whether that is literally housekeeping or figuratively (paying bills, for example, or arranging for a plumber). Or I might even expand that definition to something like "maintenance" and include some activities like shopping, getting my hair cut, and visiting the dentist – things I need to do periodically to maintain my general health and quality of life.
15 minutes a day doesn’t seem impossible but I believe it would add up to a significant improvement in quality of life over the next year. Think I could do it?
What other resolutions might I consider for the new year?
And having finished a whole year of working out daily – do I have to keep doing it? 🙂