“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.”– Benjamin Franklin
I’ve always liked this quote and think it’s particularly fitting when setting New Year’s resolutions, something that I’ve really struggled with this year.
In the past two years, I have made a lot of changes in my life. I am more healthy and fit than I have ever been, but still have things to improve upon. Which things do I want to focus on this year?
I love Diet Coke. However, priding myself on being a rather logical person, how can I continue to drink it when I know that is not good for me and could actually cause me to gain weight? Well, I can’t. Fake sugar is out the door in 2012.
Since Brian and I have moved in together, I’ve noticed that I have been eating a lot more meat. I want to start making a minimum of two vegetarian dinners every week. It should be too difficult as I used to be a vegetarian and we both like vegetarian dishes. It’s just a matter of putting it into practice.
In terms of fitness, I will probably be setting a series of smaller goals. One large goal to accomplish by the end of the year seems too daunting and unattainable. I’ll probably set out to have a new fitness challenge every month while maintaining my running. In an effort to combat winter weight, I have 3 races in January, including a New Year’s Day 5K tomorrow. Posts to come soon.
These aren’t as large-scale goals that I have set in the past, but I feel like I am in a constant state of improvement and this year will see a lot of smaller tweaks to my life that will result in big improvements.
2012 is being welcomed with open arms.
Happy New Year!