It’s December which means the holiday season is upon us followed by the New Year. As the year comes to an end, I like to evaluate my previous year and determine what I would like to change and do differently in the next.
Like most people, I find it hard to stick to my New Year’s resolution. I mean how can I stick to losing weight when I can’t get enough of Famous Pocho Pizza. Living in a city like Ocala with amazing eateries definitely makes it tough to stick to such resolutions. But this year, I’ve decided to keep realistic expectations for myself. Things that I know I can manage and which will improve my overall health and future.
Get in Shape
This is probably the number 1 resolution on everyone’s list. However, rather than wanting to lose weight, I want to mold my body into shape. This means I am not going to go all out and diet because that doesn’t really work for me. Instead, I am determined to join a gym for a bit of weightlifting. This will help me turn the calories and fat I consume into muscles. I’m also considering joining a spin class which should help me shed some fat at the same time.
I’ve decided to take a smarter approach this year, rather than starving myself, eat what I love. But also exercise on a daily basis to ensure I turn those calories into muscles.
Start to Mediate
Along with my physical fitness, I want to become more mindful and spiritual. I’ve heard so much about meditation and how it impacts your mind and soul. Even meditation for as little as 5 minutes a day can leave your mind feeling fresh and energized, leading to a better day. I’ve been meddling with mediation a bit, doing it on and off. However, as the New Year approaches, I’ve deduced to dedicate 10 minutes of my morning to mediation. This way I start my day off completely refreshed.
Take Better Care of my Teeth
I recently came across the best dentists in Ocala, who helped me achieve the perfect smile. The smile I have been longing for but was just hesitant because I didn’t want braces. They suggested I opt for Invisalign and after a year of treatment, I got a perfect set of teeth.
I haven’t been one to take exceptional care of my teeth. But I never really had a reason to before. Now that my teeth are exactly how I envisioned them to be, I want to make sure I keep them this way. Invisalign has already helped me develop a habit of brushing and flossing on a regular basis so I plan to continue that. I also plan on visiting my dentists on a regular basis just so I stay on top of things, orally.
Meet New People
While I do have friends in Ocala, at times I feel that I need more. I mean, you can never have too many friends, right? My work usually keeps me busy and keeps me from going out a lot at night. Which means I’m usually stuck meeting the same people and having the same conversations every day. I’ve realized that my brain needs stimulation and meeting new people, talking about different things can help me achieve that. Therefore, I’ve made a plan to go to pubs and bars more to network and meet new people to hang out with.
Start Saving for the Future
While money hasn’t been a major issue for me, I’ve realized that I spend too much and don’t save enough. Most successful businessmen say that you should save anywhere from 30-50% of your earnings. While that may seem excessive for me at this point in my life, I do plan on saving at least 15-20% of my earnings. I’ve already made a separate account in which I plan on depositing my savings each month. To ensure I don’t spend the money, I’ve torn the ATM card and only have a checkbook. I’m too lazy to go cash in checks anyways so this is my way of making sure I don’t touch my savings.
The reason why most individuals can’t manage to keep their New Year’s resolution is that they set very high standards for themselves. Try to be more realistic with your resolution, you will find it to be slightly easier to manage this way.