Thoughts & Essays

New Year’s Resolutions: 2022

It’s time again for New Year’s Resolutions, along with a look back at last year’s resolutions.

2021 Resolutions & Results

  1. Keep the household chores caught up, and manage a big deep clean at least a couple of times this year. I did pretty well at #1. The basic household chores stayed caught up, and I did deep clean twice this year (not that it shows much at the moment).
  2. Keep working on making my diet healthier. My second resolution suffered from 2021 again being a bit of a dumpster fire, current events-wise, which lead to prioritizing comfort food over healthy food, but overall, I did okay.
  3. Be more active. And on number three I did very well. I got my 20+ minutes in on well more days than I didn’t.

The housecleaning situation is getting to be a challenge. Time and interest in doing the work are both issues, but the main thing I run into is that I have a bad back, and doing some jobs basically means hurting myself and being laid up for the next two days (or longer). For example, mopping and/or vacuuming – doing either or both of those means I won’t being doing anything else for two or three days afterwards. I’ve been kicking around the idea of pricing cleaning services to see if that’s something we can afford. We’ll see how that shakes out.

The biggest challenge we run into with getting a healthier diet going is time. Cooking from scratch takes time and energy and by five or six o’clock we tend to be all out of both, which leads to a fast food run or a quick, easy meal of less healthy stuff at home.

I’m curious if meal-prepping might work better, but that takes a lot of planning and committing to the plan. We have a bad habit of planning meals, then getting to the day of the meal and going “Eh, that doesn’t sound good today, let’s just get pizza.” I don’t know if meal-prepping would solve that issue or not. It might be worth a try.

The thing I’ve been most pleased with is adding exercise to my day. I can’t begin to tell you how much adding 20-30 minutes of some physical activity to a day has improved how I feel. I don’t hurt all the time, I feel more motivated, it helps my anxiety… it’s just a complete win.

My biggest challenges in keeping this habit have been boredom and the weather. I have an exercise bike, but I get bored riding that every day. I usually trade that for a 30+ minute walk, but I ran into a lot of “the weather has been garbage several days in a row, now what” days in 2021. I thought about getting a treadmill, but those things are frickin’ expensive.

Another challenge that’ll be coming up before too long is my returning to the office. That’ll mean exercise will either have to happen first thing in the morning or after work, and neither of those are my most motivated moments in a day.

2022 Resolutions

  1. Maintain and improve on my 2021 resolutions. I’ve made good progress on last year’s goals, so this year I’d like to keep them up and make improvements where I can.
  2. Quit vaping. I’ve been working on this one for a couple of years now, actually, slowly cutting down my nic strength and working on cutting down the amount I vape. I’m going to have to step this up because they’re making getting vaping supplies way more difficult and expensive.
  3. Write and blog more/better. My writing and blogging has slid off my priority list the last few years, so it’s time to get back to that.

And that’s the list, folks. Happy New Year!