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2012 New Year’s Resolutions

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I once wrote a short fiction story for school where we lived in a super modern society, drove cars through the air like the Jetsons, and travelled to outer space with the same casual ease with which we now travel to a nearby city.  I wrote that this all took place in the year 2012.  We didn’t exactly meet my childhood expectations for the future but that doesn’t mean we can’t set out to meet our own expectations for the future.

I know New Year’s Resolutions get a bad rap.  It’s because people write a list of things they want for the year with no plan or serious steps involved in getting those things.  For the past two years I’ve followed Leo Babauta’s (of the immensely successful Zen Habits) 6 Changes Method.  It’s simple really, you just spend two consecutive months focusing on one habit you want to make, one change you want to implement, and by the end of the year you’ve made your way through 6 changes.

Ana is going to do this with me this year.  Here are our goals:

Ana’s New Year’s Resolutions

January/February Stretch everyday

I used to be on a dance team up until my junior year of high school. It wasn’t until about a year after that I realized how much of an impact regular stretching had on the way I felt everyday. I definitely took my flexibility for granted and now I have to start nearly from scratch to get back to where I used to be. My goal is to reach that point again and then to exceed it. To do this, I’m going to start stretching everyday, just a little at a time because my muscles are so tight right now that it hurts!

March/April Check glucose levels more often

My blood sugar levels have been all over the place for a while now, so one thing I’m determined to do is start checking more often so I’m not in the dark and caught off guard as much. I often get caught in the bad habit of being lazy about checking and assuming I know roughly what my blood sugar level is, so my goal is to resist the urge to do that. I might have to start off using alarms…

May/June Eat less processed food

One of my biggest struggles while I’m away at school is eating well. I’ve mentioned before that it’s difficult to keep fresh food fresh in my dorm and it’s also hard to maintain a regular meal schedule where I can eat real food and not just snacks from vending machines. I’m going to start by not keeping a bunch of processed food in my room where I’ll be easily tempted (aside from a few emergency snacks for lows). I’ll buy more raw fruits and vegetables (in the smallest amounts possible so they don’t go bad before I can finish them) and I’ll do some research on other healthy snacks and meals that I can find within campus dining.

July/August Research graduate schools/programs

I’m planning on going to graduate school to get my masters degree in fine arts, and application deadlines will loom over me in less than a year. As much as the thought of graduate school freaks me out, I have to admit I’m also very excited about it. Two years to focus just on my artwork surrounded by other talented artists? Yes, please. Anyway, I have to start seriously researching different programs and gathering all necessary materials to start applying! I’m going to make sure to set aside a few hours a week to do this.

September/October Educate myself on presidential candidates and vote!

I have to say that politics have hardly ever interested me. I usually start zoning out when people talk about it and because of that, I don’t know much on the subject. With the next presidential election coming up, my goal is to learn about the candidates so I can make an educated vote as opposed to a blind vote or no vote at all.

November/December Post on my art website regularly

I’ve been struggling to maintain my art website since I started it, so my goal for the last two months of 2012 is to regularly update it with photos of my work and posts about things I’ve learned, what I’m doing, my plans, etc. I have lots of things to post, it’s just the discipline to set aside time for it that I lack. Hopefully, the consistent new content will help attract more viewers and make it easier for me to keep posting regularly.

Sysy’s New Year’s Resolutions

January/February  Finish Diabetes Blog Series

Exactly a year ago I unveiled an idea I had to write up a general guide about how to start one’s own diabetes blog.  Then I panicked and didn’t do it.  I started up again the other day and realized that even though I’m not an expert, I can at least share the little I know in hopes that someone out there who is itching to start their own diabetes blog will feel comfortable enough to go ahead and do it.  I wouldn’t mind if you remind me I’m supposed to do this.

March/April  Focus on healthy eating habits

I may have to do this every year but it’s because eating is a complicated issue for me (you can probably relate) and I find that I have to always put a lot of effort into sticking with my goals of healthy eating.  Sometimes it’s difficult because there isn’t a lot of money for healthy food and sometimes anxiety/depression is rearing it’s ugly head.  Either way, it pays for me to spend some time every year focusing on what I really want to eat.  Plus, it’s a good time to learn new recipes!

May/June  Focus on health coaching business

I can technically start seeing clients at the very end of this month but the other day while talking with my health coach, I realized all the different tasks I’ve been up to lately.  And I realized that if I’m not careful I will end up sorely neglecting the things most important to me like my health, my kids, and my husband.  So, I am going to take it slow and focus on balance.  I feel my best during late Spring and Summer months so that is when I’ll tackle this with more energy.

July/August  Write up and send book proposals.

Ok, I’ve put this off long enough.  I was reminded of this quote the other day:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?”

~Marianne Williamson

And it struck me…that this is our deepest fear.  I’m literally more afraid of writing a blog post that people enjoy more than I’m afraid of writing a blog post that no one reads.  And I do ask myself, “Who am I to write a book?”  It’s time to meet that fear head on.

September/October  Focus on diabetes advocacy

This is so near and dear to me and I’d like to put some extra focus on it.  I know it seems I already eat, breathe, and live diabetes because of this blog but, due to the nature of diabetes, don’t we all?  I think it will be fun and meaningful to dig deeper into diabetes advocacy issues.

November/December  ?

I don’t know, yet.  I guess I can’t see that far ahead this time.  I’m sure something will pop up and need my attention by then :)

Wish us luck!  We wish you luck with yours.

New Year’s Resolutions for July and August

Thanks to Federico Stevanin for the cute photo!

 

July has just about gotten away from me and I am now realizing I was supposed to work on something specific this month and the next.

Using Leo Babauta’s 6 Changes Method, I have been using two months at a time to tackle one goal I have.  It worked great last year and it’s helping me out this year.

People knock New Year’s Resolutions because they don’t do them correctly.  It does no good to tell yourself “I will lose weight this year” because first, that’s not specific to any ACTION you are going to take and also, is this string of proclamations coming with some commitment and energy behind it?  Are you  literally going to try to tackle ten goals at once?  There is no method to that madness.

That’s why I love the 6 Changes Method.  It’s simple and focusing on one thing that I want to make into a habit for 2 months means I’m giving my new goal a real shot.

For May and June I wanted to wake up early and focus on creating.  My twins do not let me get much done during the day.  They are both very physically active and you can bet that one will be on the dinner table about to leap into the air in an attempt to grab the chandelier if I don’t constantly keep my eye on him (yes, I’m talking about you, Henri).  My blog is my creative outlet, my passion, and what probably keeps me sane so I didn’t want to neglect it.  Therefore, getting up early and getting the writing out of the way as well as my exercise has proved the best change I’ve done all year.  We’re talking about a life changing change!  It’s not easy because I am not a morning person but I’m starting to enjoy the peace and quiet I get when it’s just me and the “taka taka taka” of the keyboard.

For July and August my goal was to get into the habit of exercising every day.

I’ve skipped a few days this month but only a few and I’ve been running, getting on the elliptical, and doing yoga.  I just need to keep it up.  It’s challenging lately because Alex leaves for work at 6am and gets home at 6pm.  Yesterday in fact, he got home past 8pm.  By the time we put the kids down and do some house maintenance, it’s really late.  But this is no excuse, I need to work to get things done so that come 4 or 5am every day, I’m rested enough to get up and get on with my routine.

I have to keep my blood pressure stable so this exercising each day goal I have is a MUST.  Wouldn’t it be nice if exercise was like brushing teeth?  That’s what I’m going for, lol.  Wish me luck!

Good Habits Versus Bad Habits

Photo courtesy of Michal Marcol

 

It’s probably easier to adhere to good habits instead of always fighting the consequences of bad habits. I don’t mean “good” as in right or “bad” as in wrong. I mean “good” as in conducive to one’s goals and “bad” as in non-conducive to one’s goals.

I just read a post that talked about discipline being a myth.  The post was written by Leo Babauta where he made me think that basically, our life’s activities are made up of our habits and the outcome of what we do is based on whether those habits we have are good or bad.  Motivation, in every case is what makes us do something, not discipline.  So then self-discipline is an illusion.  Makes sense, right? 

Let’s imagine a community somewhere has the habit of exercising together before work, the habit of eating healthy meals, and the habit of say, meditating each day to reduce stress.  Well, we can assume that with minimal effort and with a nice avalanche of motivation, they will all have decent health.  Whereas in our community, if we are one of those with the habit of pancakes for breakfast and a sedentary lifestyle, well, it’s undoubtedly going to be extra hard to be healthy.  

The point is that a healthy lifestyle is easier to maintain when we make it what we always do-a habit.  It’s also easier to maintain when everyone else is doing it.  And that’s something that is a great big challenge.  You know, I’ve always been called a “health nut” and it was always said with a negative association attached.  Geez.  What’s my problem?  Why get so hung up on health?  I mean, I should just relax right?  lol

I learned a long time ago to go ahead and be different if needed to be-if it was for the best.  And I mostly learned that from my dad.  Today is his birthday.  Happy Birthday, Dad!  I hope you have many, many more! ~ love, Sysy

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