Thursday, January 2, 2020

New Year, Old Goals- 2020!! appears that I haven't blogged about my New Year's resolutions for a couple of years, but I always seem to have the same ones, so I should really just copy and paste (as I am now) with the heading "New Year, Old Goals"... they are...again...

1).  Lower my cholesterol and blood pressure. For the first time in a LONG time, my numbers are within the "normal" range.  Still need to be careful, and need to focus more on #2 and # 3 below to maintain that "normal-ness", but I'm encouraged that the medications I take for both are doing their jobs.

2).  Lose weight. Man...this one seems to be on my resolutions list EVERY YEAR. You'd think I'd have done it by now, but, I'm a little TOO FOND of fatty, salty, junky food. I've TRIED to lose weight, and have accomplished the goal, but then put it all back on when I get busy, or stressed, or bored. I also find that my will power is not as strong as it was when I was younger, so...wish me luck!

3).  Get more exercise.  This past summer, I was fairly consistent with walking outside, but, as school got started again, and mornings got earlier and earlier, I got lazy again. I try to walk a mile every day around the halls at school during lunch, but find it tedious and I keep getting stopped by people who have questions, or need help with technology or media stuff. It's only been two days so far, but I've managed to get a mile or two in with outside walks every day in 2020.  The next cold snap or snowstorm with put an end to that...

4.  Drink less wine. Okay...I admit that I'm a little too fond of wine. Not slobbery, staggery, drunk fond of it, but DEFINITELY "it helps me relax" fond of it. I'm HOPING that the whole "lose weight/get more exercise" thing will assist with this resolution. Wine is HIGH in calories, and will TOTALLY defeat losing weight, which I think I REALLY AM now committed to doing.  I was able to go "cold turkey" for most of the summer, but gave up on that around the holidays.  I'm ATTEMPTING to have a "dry 2020", but, realistically, that's not going to happen.  Two days in, however, I'm at 0 glasses!!

5.  Work on my debt load. I like to spend money.  I like having a credit card.  They do not necessarily go well together.  I'm nowhere NEAR where I was when I went into the "debt management" program ten years ago, but I definitely need to "reign it in", and pay off the debt that I have now accrued.  I've made great strides in getting the balance to a manageable level, but still have "a ways to go".  Now if I could just figure out a way to refinance or switch my student loan to something that would actually show a decrease in the balance occasionally...

6).  Swear less. Okay...I admit it (although if you know me AT ALL, you already know this)...I get EXTREMELY "potty mouthed" when I drive around the cities. It doesn't HELP that 98% of the drivers up here are COMPLETE and UTTER morons, but, in an effort to "detoxify" my commute, I am stating here, for the world (or at least the three people who read my blog) that I am vowing to curtail the "blue stream of trucker talk" that seem to pop so freely from my mouth. Enough said.

7).  Spend MORE time with family and friends. I don't really need to elaborate on this one. I get too busy, and too wrapped up in things, and my personal relationships end up taking the brunt of it. No more (I hope). Family and friends are what it's all about, right? Why cut time from that for all of the "crap" that fills our days??  I MIGHT even try to work on my phobia of talking on the phone (I know it's not rational...that's why it's a phobia!).

Wish me luck, and I hope that YOU are successful with your New Year's goals too!!!