2011 Resolutions

I don’t normally make new years resolutions because they seem about as likely to happen as being blind folded, spun around, and hitting a bullseye on a dart board. I used to make resolutions, but I stopped when I realized they always lost momentum after the first 30 days. That’s why I like to do 30 day trials instead, it’s only for a month, and there’s the freedom to try something new the next month. I came up with a few January (and a few 2011) resolutions and with a few minutes left in the day, I bring to you my list:

-Have the second bedroom/office cleaned and organized…and actually do work in it. I’ve been trying to clean it up for months now and with the holidays, all the shipping boxes and random crap got thrown in there. By the end of the month it needs to be usable.

-Handle stress better (ongoing). Specifically, drink tea in a mindful manner, take the L-Theanine tablets I bought regularly, read more, and meditate/do yoga once a week.

-Blog once a week (ongoing). I’m tempted to try blogging daily, but I feel like I’d be setting myself up for failure, or if I stuck with it some of the posts would be crap just to get in the daily quota. I do, however, think writing often (even if it’s crap) is better than not writing for weeks on end, so I’ve come up with a compromise. I’m going to try to write daily, using The Daily Post as inspiration, and will post one of those writings (or something else) at least once a week.

-Lose body fat. Before I get any lectures about not needing to lose weight, etc, I’d like to say that I’m striving to be healthier. I’m looking for less body fat and a little more muscle. My scale tells me I’m anywhere between 27-47% body fat on any given day, so I also think I need to find an accurate (or at least stable) method of measuring. I’ve been reading The 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss (I have an extra copy I might give away on here too) and I’ve pretty much come up with a plan for losing the body fat, but I’m not posting tonight because it’s not finalized yet.

-Slow Carb Diet. Linked to the previous goal, I plan on 6 days of high protein meals, with one awesome cheat day (Saturday). I’d like to stick to this religiously for the month of January, and then go from there.

-To do lists. Most importantly writing things down at night that I need to do the next day, and then updating it continuously throughout the day. I always do really well when I make lists at night and then jump right into them in the am, but I’ve gotten lazy lately, so January will be full of to do lists.

For 2011 as a whole, I’d like to focus on buying things of quality instead of buying more cheap stuff. I’ve been working on this for the past year and I’m proud of how I’ve been doing. I don’t mean going out and buying the most expensive thing and going into debt, but buying quality items that I can afford instead of settling on something cheap that I’ll need to replace in a few months/year. Some recent purchases I’m proud of are good quality memory foam pillows (only $25 a piece), Nikon D3000 DSLR camera, and Vibram 5 Fingers shoes. On the other hand, my $7 dresser I got at a yard sale is falling apart and I can’t wait to replace it.

I’d also like to leave the country at some point this year, that’s more of a goal than a resolution.

I wish everyone luck on their new years resolutions and hope for a happy and healthy new year!

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