January always brings that feeling of change. A new year is a great time to start new habits, break bad habits, and get a fresh start on things you may have given up on the year before.
I have had some sort of weight loss goal the past few years and I find that each year I end up losing motivation earlier than the year before. I’ve decided to make a couple of changes with my resolutions this year.
Carrie’s New Years Resolutions
1. Be more positive:
I have a bad habit of catastrophizing things. I always assume the worst. This is a good and a bad thing. It’s good because I always have a back up plan for my back up plan (I’m a little Type A). The bad part is that I can often get down and upset and stressed about things for no reason. This year, I’m going to take things as they come. If I can do something about it, I’ll do something about it. If I can’t, there’s no point in me stressing about it because there’s nothing I can do about it.
2. Don’t be so stubborn
I have a really bad habit of needing people to understand when I’m right about something. I get really agitated when someone has something wrong or does something in a way that makes no sense and doesn’t listen to my reasoning when it makes more sense (to me at least). Why go from point A to B to C to D then back to B then to E when you can just go A to E? I am always finding the most efficient and effective way to do things but I’m finding that I NEED to do it my way more than I really do. All it does is make other people mad and stress me out. So for other’s sake and for my own, I’m going to let go of the things that don’t matter. If something isn’t done the way I would do it and it doesn’t effect me, I’m not going to say anything.
3. Finish a workout program
I workout almost every day, but I very rarely use a program, much less finish one. I’ve started Lee Labrada’s 12 Week Lean Body Program (available on bodybuilding.com for free) and I’m determined to finish it!
4. Run more races
Before the Rock N Roll Half Marathon last November, I hadn’t run in a race since a 5k I ran in November of 2012. I don’t know why I stopped. I think my first half in July of 2012 burnt me out and I just stopped. After my half in November, I wanted to run more, so I’m making it a goal to run 2 half marathons and a few other races this year. I’m signed up for a 15k (10 mile) race on January 10th, a 5k in March, and the Rock N Roll Half Marathon again in November!
5. Hand-letter every day
Hand lettering is a really cool art form that I have really gotten into lately. It’s really relaxing and I hope to get better at it over this year!
Overall, I just want to be a happier person this year. 2014 was an amazing year for me and my family, but I was always stressed out about something. This year, I want to eliminate stress from my life!