Every year at this time, the gyms are overcrowded, yogurt is sold out at the stores, the liquor stores are empty and Nicorette is sold out as we all try to keep ridiculously impossible promises to ourselves. The result is that we feel like complete failures before the end of January with eleven months still to go in the year. I gave up making resolutions a long time ago. It is one of those ‘wiser with age’ kinds of things. That wasn’t always the case.
I used to be one of those people that swore they would lose 50 pounds, quit smoking, exercise every single day and never eat fast food again. By mid-January, I was using my treadmill as a clothes rack and smoking a cigarette as I waited at the McDonald’s drive-thru window. I’m sure that most of you can relate on some level. I would end up feeling depressed and like a total loser. That is when I decided to stop making unrealistic resolutions to tackle just because the calendar changed.
What I do now is to decide on goals that I’d like to obtain throughout the entire year. Two years ago, I quit smoking in the middle of August. Of course, I had resolved to stop every New Year’s Eve for the last 30 or so years to no avail. I have started making myself get off the computer and move around more. It is like taking baby steps. You have to learn to walk before you can run. The key is that I no longer try to make a bunch of life changes at the same time. Believe me, it is hard enough to make one change and follow through with it.
At the beginning of each year, I write down the things that I plan to change over the next twelve months. Once I accomplish one, I move to the next one on the list. Hopefully, by the end of the year, I will have all met all of my goals and can begin another list for the next year. Will there be things that I have to add again to my list? Probably so, but that is okay. My list of goals only truly matters to three people…me, myself, and I.
There will be some changes here on Barking from the Bayou that you should know. I will only be blogging Monday thru Friday for the foreseeable future. There will be certain exceptions such as this year’s Blogger’s Challenge on Jan. 9~11th. The best way to make sure that you never miss a post is to have our blog delivered to your email. You can sign up on the upper section of my sidebar.
It is necessary for me to make these changes so that I can fulfill some other obligations. I hope that you all understand and continue to support Barking from the Bayou.
Have a wonderful 2016 and don’t make promises to yourself that you might not be able to keep. I love ya’ll. ♥
*Statics source: StatisticBrain
Resolve NOT to make #resolutions. Find out why on Barking from the Bayou. #HappyNewYear https://t.co/n4pT18q4DQ— M. K.Clinton (@mk_clinton) January 1, 2016
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