New Year Resolutions: Many folks do 'em. Most of them break 'em. And many strive for the same handful of goals. I've never made new year resolutions before, knowing I'll probably fail. So here goes nothin'!
Never one to set trends, I'll be endeavouring to set and keep a few of my own this year, and some of them are these really popular ones. However, I'm going to be more specific and realistic about my resolutions than most others. My self-discipline is terrible, so I need to set goals I can reasonably expect to keep if I'm to have any chance at all.
The One About Eating Healthier: Okay, so I actually already eat pretty healthy. But I can do better. But the only thing I'm targeting is high fructose corn syrup. This stuff is probably as bad for you as it is ubiquitous, so dodging it will be tough. But I'll be giving it a go.
Will I refuse to consume anything with HFCS in it? No. But I won't buy anything with HFCS in it if there are other options. If HFCS-infused items can become an occasional treat rather than an everyday comestible, then I'll say I've met my goal. Also, Kate is joining me in this venture, so that should help a lot!
The One About Reading More: I'm not sure that this is really a popular one. I'd say most readers read about as much as they want or they feel that, if anything, they should spend more time doing things other than reading. But I really like to read and almost never do. I have a stack of books that I really want to read, and it's growing. So, starting with a book I just got for Christmas, The Compleat Enchanter: The Magical Misadventures of Harold Shea (thanks, Mom!), I plan to read at least a couple hours each week, hopefully more as my schedule allows and especially if I can combine it with the next item on this list. After that, I'll read Bound By Iron to brush up on my Eberron lore. After that, probably something by China Miéville.
The One About Exercising: I am inherently lazy. Yet I want to exercise more, (though anything would be an improvement from my current nonexistent regimen!) It's not about losing weight, though that would be a nice side effect (and a synergy with the avoidance of HFCS could actually make that happen!) All I really want to do is get some decent aerobic exercise--to get my heart going and give myself a bit of physical endurance and fitness. I've been in that sort of shape before and it feels really good. I like feeling really good.
I won't go to a gym because I'm too lazy to actually go. I won't go jogging locally because 1) the area I live in has no good place to jog, 2) I get shin splints, am prone ankle sprains, and get asthmatic when I run, and 3) I'm too lazy. And the last thing I want to do after standing on my feet at work all day is anything that involves not sitting on my ass. So, I plan to find and buy a used recumbent exercise bike and use it on a regular basis. I'm not yet sure how often, but something like three hours a week would be a good goal.
Why a bike? 1) I can sit on my ass, so even if I'm feeling pooped at the end of the day, there's still a chance I'll get that exercise. 2) It should be easy on my ankles, shins, and back. 3) I can more realistically expect to meet this goal if I can combine this resolution with The One About Reading More, and a stationary bike is the only thing I can think of that could allow me to do that.
The One About Not Watching So Much Damn TV: Possibly also not a popular one, though it should be. And really, I don't watch all that much TV, at least not compared to most Americans. Still, I don't need to watch as much as I do, so cutting back would be good. I've got so many more important things I should be doing, but I often really just want to veg. Fortunately, the one thing I can think of that I could do while watching TV is The One About Exercising. Now that'd be winning combination!
So there. I've said it. It's on the record, publicly announced. Wish me luck. And feel free to pester me about my progress if you like. As I mentioned, my self-discipline leaves a lot to be desired, but accountability goes a long way for me.