lunedì 1 gennaio 2018

Get those New Year resolutions under way?

Shelley and I drove over the Nuova Lazio hill and into Wellington for a long walk and some lunch today.
I've lost about 5kg lately, so I'm feeling a bit more streamlined.
As we drove, I noticed quite a few overweight people out jogging around streets or walking up hills.

Good on them, it's hard to lose weight.
Then I remembered that it's day one for New Year resolutions.
I jokingly said to Shelley, "I wonder how many will have a rest day tomorrow?"
Thet's the way these pacts with the clean life seem to go.

You start off with something like this:
  • Walk up Nuova Lazio hill every day - no exceptinons unless very sick. Keep a notebook record.
  • Only eat healthy food and eat it in small portions. Not too much red meat.
  • Wine (or beer) on Friday and Saturday nights only. Family birthday parties are the only exception.
  • Be nice to everyone.
  • Paint the house and clean up the entire section.
By the end of week 2 it looks like this:
  • Walk up Nuova Lazio hill at least three times a week - NO EXCUSES!
  • Only eat healthy food on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • As a general rule don't drink wine (or beer) every night of the week.
  • Be nice to people who are nice people.
  • Buy the paint for the house and get it done by Christmas - weather permitting.
By mid February this it the new rule:
  • Either walk up Nuova Lazio hill once in a while or walk around the block. Walk around a lot at work, that will make up for missed walks.
  • Don't eat too many takeaways, except on weekends.
  • Cut down a bit on the wine (or beer), except when tired or stressed. Wine can give you ideas while blogging.
  • People should expect as good as they give.
  • Mow the lawns when they are too long. Leave the house painting until spring, when it's not too hot or too wet.

The tricky thing about New Year resolutions is their timing.

They come after a period that includes the stressful build up to Christmas, Christmas day and New Year's Eve. This is a time when you say to yourself, "Look I'll get through the festive season and have a good time because that's what it's supposed to be about (okay, I hear Robert saying that it's about Jesus too) but I won't feel guilty because from January 1st I'm in training and preparing to turn out a near perfect version of me."

So the pattern goes like this:

Stressed at work -> relative(s) come to stay so get a bit pissed -> eat whatever the fuck I like -> pissed again -> big dessert -> relative(s) still here, pissed again -> takeaways for dinner, had to pay for relative(s) so a bit pissed again -> too much to drink on New Year's Eve -> sleep in on first day of the year with hangover -> THE NEW CLEAN LIVING AND BETTER ME BEGINS!

Sorry, it's not going to happen.

Lifestyle changes need a lot of thinking about individually:
  • I know that regular exercise is good for me but, if I make the commitment too hard, I'll get depressed and give up. It is not really important if I miss a few days, the trick is to slowly build it into a regular routine.
  • Why am I not eating carbohydrates much anymore? Because I think not having a big belly is better than the short pleasing sensation I get from food types that make me put on weight.
  • Drink slowly and a little less, especially when blogging or visiting social media sites.
  • Try to understand life from everyone's perspective but don't buy into bullshit. If people are talking shit tell them (generally a good idea, but try to avoid this after wine).
  • The house needs to be painted and the section needs maintenance. Do a little bit each week - over time I will get there. Enjoy the success of getting things done. Have a wine or two to celebrate but remember the social media after wine rule.
Work each of these life changes out seperately. Maybe start with just the weight loss and the section maintenance. Slowly add another when these are well and truely in place. Don't crowd your head with worry, just enjoy any positive changes.

If you scuff up always remember that, except for Angry Jesus, no one is perfect. Get back in the saddle as soon as you can.

Angry Jesus = Perfection.

3 commenti:

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

Losing 5% of your body weight is a great achievement.
Well done that man!

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

Or, medium rare that man!

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

Good line. I'm holding the fort for The Curmudgeon Inc. at present.