Last year was the first year that I can remember NOT making a workout resolution. I had already been working out five days a week so it seemed silly to mess with a good thing.
This year, once again, working out and eating right are not part of the resolution. I admit that I plan on changing my exercise routine up because what I did last semester didn’t work as well, but that is a change that comes with a new semester rather than a new year.
Another thing I plan to do this month is the Crazy Sexy Diet 21 day cleanse. I attempted it back in the summer and didn’t stick with it and now seems like as good a time as any to try again, with the holiday eating behind us. I’ll post more about this when the time comes, but for now I’d like to share a little about what my resolutions actually are this year.
Last year, I bought my mom the book, The Happiness Project, for Christmas. While on the outside it might sound like a self-help book (and it is, to an extent), it’s also different. The author, Gretchen Rubin, writes about her own experiences and doesn't tell "you" what you should do.
She decides to make herself happier by changing small things in her life. She focuses on her physical and mental energy in January by cleaning out her closets and lifting weights. In April, she practices anger management with her kids by reacting to her kids’ tantrums with humor and acknowledging their feelings.
For 2013, I’m going to try my own happiness project. I don’t have every month figured out to a tee, I don’t even have next month totally planned out. What I do have is my goals for this month. Now, I won’t necessarily be posting all the time about these goals because some of them won’t have anything to do with veganism, BUT if any do, I would like to share them.
This month my goals are to keep my apartment clean and to “green” some things in my life. I think the "greening" does pertain to veganism.
- Take 15 minutes each evening to pick up (I stole this one from Gretchen)
- Go through the plastic bin leftover from packing up my room in the residence hall on campus
- Buy a laundry rack! If I can stop using the dryers in the laundry room, I will save both energy and quarters.
- Be better about recycling. I definitely recycle, but there is room for improvement.
- Use less water when washing dishes.
So there you have it! My month of goals. They aren’t super glamorous, but hey, they are things I always feel I need to do, but rarely get around to.
What are your New Year's Resolutions?