Thoughts & Essays

New Year’s Resolutions: 2020

Last year’s resolutions were, in no particular order:

  • Read more new books.
  • Start an actual exercise program and stick with it.
  • Lose weight and keep it off.
  • Get finances in order. No, for real this time.

I also said,

I have a few other bad habits I’d like to work on – reading Twitter all morning, lazy blogging habits, that sort of thing. I have a few good habits I’d like to add, like sleeping more, eating better, getting my anxiety issues sorted out. I’m not going to make any of that official resolutions, though. That’s just stuff I want to work on.

From here.

I didn’t keep a list this year, but I did keep count, and I read 58 books this year, many of which were new. So we’ll call that one a win.

I did not start an exercise program and stick with it, and I did not lose weight and keep it off. So, that’s a nope.

I did make some headway on my finances, though. Got a lot of debts paid off, but I added a new one in buying a computer. So we’ll call that one a wash.

I still read Twitter too much first thing in the morning, and I have definitely been a lazy blogger this past year.

I did pretty well at sleeping more, eating more healthfully, and working on my anxiety issues, though. I’m averaging 7+ hours of sleep a night now, and my meals are not entirely made of garbage. And I saw a therapist at the beginning of last year to work on better mental health habits and coping skills for my relatively mild anxiety problems, which helped a lot.

Overall, I think I did pretty well at last year’s resolutions.

Here’s my resolutions for 2020:

  1. Make vegetables the main part of evening meals, instead of carbs or meat.
  2. Exercise daily. (I’ll settle for 5 days a week, but I’d like to make it a daily habit.)
  3. Read more books.
  4. Blog more (and better).
  5. Do one household chore a day.

The first resolution is a continuation of “eat more healthfully.” Our meals tend to be pretty carb and/or meat heavy – pastas, meat-based dishes, etc. I’d like to make vegetables the main course, and meat and carbs the side dishes, instead. This one might be tricky – I don’t actually do the cooking in my house, my boyfriend does. And I think it’s rude for me to be like “Hey, you do all the cooking, and make sure you cook exactly as I say,” so I’m pretty sure this means he’s going to either have to sign on to this idea, or I’m going to have to start cooking more.

Exercise is hard because I am so lazy, you guys. SO lazy. Like, I will happily sit here in this chair literally all day. And that’s no good. I’d like to make exercise a daily habit – at least be hitting that “150 minutes per week” minimum they claim you should be getting. Which is 20 minutes per day, or 30 minutes for five days. We’ll work on that. There’s a brand new Planet Fitness opening here soon, and I know Planet Fitness is a shitty company (can’t remember why at the moment, but I remember reading about it), but it’s also $10/month, and might make exercising easier in the winter. We’ll see.

I want to read more, and blog more and better, and write more.

My boyfriend and I agreed to do one household chore a day, the idea being that in a month or so we’ll be scrounging for chores because we’ll be caught up, so we won’t have to do one chore a day. That sounds good, right?

And those are my New Year’s resolutions, the goals I want to work on this year.

Happy New Year, y’all.