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Resolutions 2009: How’d I do?

Let’s see how well I stacked up on my New Years Resolutions, shall we?   (if you’re really bored, you can find the  original post here… and “check up” post here.)

Resolutions 2009 were as follows:

Be 100% smoke free– SUCCESS!

I can say with 100% certainty that I do not smoke. I don’t even know the last time I wanted to smoke.  My lungs are happy.

Avoid fast food– FAIL

It seems that I succumb to fast food more than ever these days. In fact, on my last trip to Chicago, I ate it for lunch AND dinner.  Big fat FAIL (with emphasis on the “fat.”)

Finish more books– FAIL

One would think that being surrounded by books, being a member of a book club, and being a self-proclaimed “book nerd” would mean I would actually read every once in a while.  But I haven’t.  At least not enough.   The last book I finished was a 250 page YA novel. Go me!

Learn to write fiction– FAIL

They say the best way to learn to write is to write…. And even though I took a fiction writing class, I haven’t “practiced” much since then. And I haven’t really felt the desire to get back into it.  Maybe over the winter (?)

Watch more movies– FAIL

I gave up my Netflix subscription and can count on one hand the number of movies I saw in the theater this year.  It’s sad, really, when you can’t even accomplish your “fun” resolutions.

Be more honest– SUCCESS!

I marked this off the list months ago.  Kind of a lame resolution anyway.

Learn to appreciate poetry– FAIL

I’ve tried… really.  And I like to make up birthday poems for my friends.  But it’s really not the same.

Get back to a fighting weight– SUCCESS!

Although I’d still like to lose 20-25 lbs, I’m at *roughly* my “low” weight from a couple of years ago.  And I’ve recently started buying a smaller size (thanks to my friends who told me my “tight” jeans really weren’t that tight!);

Get control of debt– QUESTIONABLE

I’d say I’m in control of my debt… but I’m not out of debt, and I certainly am not where I want to be.  This will be a carry-over resolution next year.

Be more responsible– QUESTIONABLE

I think I’ve been a bit more responsible this year… but I still dont’ really feel like an adult, even though I’m 30.  I wonder when you start feeling grown-up– is it when you have kids?? 

So, there you have it:  my resolution recap for 2009.  Look for a 2010 resolution post sometime before February!!

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Time for a Check-up

Time for the semi-regular check-up of my New Year’s Resolutions.  In case you don’t know them, by heart, here’s the quick run down:

Be 100% smoke free–  Part of the reason I wanted to write this post is to declare myself a bona fide non-smoker.  But for some odd reason, I had ONE cigarette on Saturday.  That’s one in February, one in March, and one in April.  Really… what’s the point?  Stupid!

Avoid fast food–   Again, I was doing pretty well, but my food supply at home is almost non-existent. I ate fast food TWICE this weekend… and had Za’s today.  It’s a function of not wanting to go to the grocery store more than anything else.

Finish more books– Uh… no.  I haven’t read a book since my trip to San Francisco.  And I really liked the book. I plan on writing about it.  Someday.

Learn to write fiction–  This has been an interesting endeavor.  I’m taking a class at Parkland. I’ve written a couple of “throw-away” stories, one I’m kinda proud of, and one that has potential, but needs significant revision.  I think I’m getting better.

Watch more movies–  Again…NO!  I cancelled my Netflix because I just don’t have the attention span to sit through a movie.  And I haven’t been TO the Movies since February (?)

Be more honest–  I think I’m okay in this category. We can cross it off the Resolutions list. 

Learn to appreciate poetry–   Eh… I have to admit.  The T.S. Eliot book I got for my birthday is still on my table.  I open it up occasionally, but I wouldn’t say I have an appreciation for poetry.   Not yet anyway.

Get back to a fighting weight– Believe it or not, I’m actually doing okay in this category.  My goal was to lose 20ish pounds and I think I’m probably down about 10 from the beginning of the year.  Our first “official” Biggest Loser weigh-in is Friday. I’m a little nervous (see above re: fast food), but I think I’m on the right track… for now!

Get control of debt–  I’m not doing as well in this category as I’d like to.  I (finally) made some of the cutbacks I promised months ago (cancelled Netflix, downgraded cable, cancelled magazines.)   But I know I need to curb more spending– Starbucks runs, new clothes, eating out,  etc.

Be more responsible–  I think I’m doing okay with this.  I really need to get my a$$ in gear at work a little more, but  I’m acting like a responsible adult.  Most of the time.  Except some weekends ;)

I’ve also set a few more fitness-related goals for myself this year:   I’m running another 5K in a couple of weeks.  My goal is to improve on my previous time.  Then  then thinking about maybe training for a mini triathlon in August (which requires a new bike, which requires more $$… the vicious cycle). My goal is to become a better swimmer and actually FINISH.   

Potpourri for $100, Alex

Prepare for some utter randomness. . . 

Another Coat Sighting

My mom sent me this picture of me with my brother and cousins on Thanksgiving.  Guess what I’m wearing?  Yep, that’s right:  The Gap coat!

Me, Justin, Ryan, Thaddeus @ the Wayside, Pesotum

Me, Justin, Ryan, Thaddeus @ the Wayside, Pesotum

Lent

I’ve decided to give up gossiping for Lent.  I’ll admit that I like a good tidbit of gossip from time to time, but it’s just BAD.  It hurts people.  It sucks to be on the receiving end of it.  I’m just going to give it up.   I’m not Catholic (or Lutheran, or really even that religious), but I just think it’s a good time to start– kinda like a New Years resolution or something.

Speaking of Which…

A quick update on my resolutions:

100% smoke free:   Not 100%, but maybe 98%  (I’ve smoked ONCE since the resolutions post).  This one is the easiest. Probably because I’m not a “real” smoker.  Whatever.  My lungs thank me.  

Avoid fast food: I was on a bit of a fast food kick for a minute, but I’m off that train.  Fast food isn’t really that  good.

Finish more books: I finished 2 books this year, both in the Twilight “saga.” I have a book club book I haven’t finished yet.  I need to.

Learn to write fiction:  I’m enrolled in a non-fiction writing class at Parkland.  Not sure if it’s helping.  Yet.

Watch more movies:  I’ve seen 2 movies in the theater this year:  Slumdog Millionaire and The Wrestler.  Alas, I still have 4 Netflix sitting unwatched.

Be more honest:  I think I’m getting there.   See above about not gossiping.

Appreciate poetry:  Eh… still not quite there.  I got a book of poems for my birthday and I’ve read some of them.  Need to be more consistent.

Fighting Weight:  I think I’ve maybe lost 3 lbs.  Not good.  I  need to step this goal into high gear for a couple of reasons:  1) I’m in a wedding in 6 months and 2) I’m running a 5K in 6 weeks!    

I’ve decided to forego the Couch to 5K program. Instead, I’m working on increasing my running time with every workout in hopes of getting up to 40 minutes.  I figure if I can run for 40 minutes surely I can finish 3.2 miles.   That means I need to work out 15 days in the next 6 weeks.   I think I can do it.    I’ve decided I also need some “incentives” to keep me motivated:

Lose 10 lbs-– New running shoes

Finish 5K-– New bike (and then maybe I’ll start training for a triathalon or something)

Control Debt:   Eh… I’m not doing so hot in this category.  I haven’t even given up all the things I said I would.  Or, really, any of them. No reason, just lazy.  My tax return should help.

Be More Responsible–   I’m doing slightly better at this.   Only slightly.   See above about being too lazy to cancel cable.  Yeah.

Just for Fun

Check out this cool “Man of Honor” speech.  Soooo sweet.  And catchy!  

Resolutions 2009

Granted, I’m a little late in publishing this post.  And–as you’ll see– some of the resolutions have already been broken.  I made a similar list last year but never posted it.  And now I can’t find the scrap of paper my 2008 resolutions were written on… so much for getting organized, I guess. 

Plus,  since I’m 12 days late in posting this, I can give you a quick update on how well I’m progressing (or not) on my goals. Without further adieu, here are my resolutions for 2009:

Be 100% smoke free– I haven’t really been a “smoker” for years and years but I like to smoke occasionally when I’m out.  I’m going to try to make 2009 100% smoke free. I don’t need it and I feel horrible afterwards, so what’s the point?

update: this resolution was broken on January 6.  Anxiety got the best of me.

Avoid fast food–  Another “let’s see how long I can go” resolution.  I honestly don’t even like fast food.  But it’s convenient.  Let’s see how long I can go w/o eating it

update:  this resolution was broken on January 10.  Early morning McDonald’s run before heading on snowboarding trip.

Finish more books–  I love to read but I haven’t been reading enough lately.  I’m currently trying to read about 4 books.  My problem is a *severe* lack of attention span.  If I’m bored with something, I stop.  So, this year I resolve to finish every book I start.

update:  so far, so good.  To be fair, though, the only books I’ve tried to read in 2009 were the Twilight  books, so that doesn’t exactly count.

Learn to write fiction–  I love writing– writing for this blog, writing for work, writing emails to friends, etc.  But all my writing tends to be informational or personal.  I’d like to take a stab at writing fiction, stories,  to see if I can write about anything other than my latest alcohol-fueled trip or stupid observations about TV

update: I’m taking a creative writing class at Parkland this semester… we’ll see how that goes.

Watch more movies–  If I could find the resolution list from last year, I guarantee  this would be on there.   I love movies, but I don’t have the attention span to sit and watch one for 2 hours straight.  I still have 4 Netflix movies on top of my DVD player waiting to be watched.  I think they’ve been there since November.  Goal: to watch one NEW (or at least new to me) movie a month.   That’s doable, right?

update:  I haven’t seen a new movie yet this year.  Maybe I’ll watch one of my Netflix tonight.  Maybe.

Be more honest–  I realize that this resolution makes me sound like a big ole liar.  That’s not really it.   I’m just not always completely honest when it comes to interpersonal stuff. I’m usually afraid of coming off the wrong way or somehow insulting someone so I sometimes tell people what they want to hear rather than what I really want to say. I also tend to avoid conflict and shy away when people say mean/hurtful/inappropriate things, so I’m going to make a conscious effort to try to call people out on stuff when necessary.

update:  working on it.  sorta.

Learn to appreciate poetry—  I’ll admit it.  I hate poetry.  I even wrote about it once.   But I feel like I’m not giving it a good enough shot.  Surely thousands of poetry lovers can’t be wrong…  So, I’m going to try to pick up some poetry and see if I can get into it.  

update:  I honestly haven’t even started thinking about how to approach this one.  Suggestions?  Anyone… anyone?

Get back to a fighting weight–  My resolution list would be incomplete without the requisite “lose weight” goal.   A couple years ago, I lost 40-45 lbs and I’ve since gained some back, so I’d like to get back to my “fighting weight.”  I think that’s about 15 lbs or so.  20 would be better.  I’d also like to actually RUN a 5K this year… and maybe even more.  

update:  uh… did you see the note earlier about the McDonald’s?  Not really going anywhere with this one quite yet.

Get control of debt– Again, another cliche resolution, but it’s one I need to work on.  I was 100% free of credit card debt when I moved into my house two years ago.  Since then, I’ve put a little more on my cards than I’m comfortable with, so I’d like to at least pay them down, if not eliminate the debt completely

update:  I haven’t even paid bills this month, so I’m no closer to this goal than I was on Jan. 1.  

There you have it, my list of resolutions for 2009.  Hopefully I’ll be able to report success on at least some of these by the time 2010 rolls around.  Oh, and I’m starting back up on the no fast food/no smoking thing even though I already fell off the wagon on those.

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Oh, crap… I forgot one:

Be more responsible–  It’s true. I’m not nearly as responsible as I make myself out to be sometimes.  I forget to do things… I put off things I don’t want to do until they “automagically” disappear…  I fail to turn things in on time.   It’s probably more procrastination than irresponsibility, but I’m almost 30 damn it.   I should try to be a little bit more grown-up, dontcha think?

update:  well… I forgot to include this in the original post if that’s any indication of my progress!