I usually don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, but I felt like doing it this year. There are a few simple ways that I know I can better myself, both physically and mentally. A New Year is a good starting point to set some goals, and forget about all of the failures of the past. Its a clean slate. I’ve got larger goals in a few years, (buying a home, for instance) but in the meantime, I might as well focus on some smaller things.
Dieting is easy for me. I can put on weight and lose it at the drop of a hat. I’ve been working out and dieting for years and I know my body well enough where (if I wanted to) I could lose 50 lbs in a few months and put it back on in a few more months. The New Year’s diet really has nothing to do with my weight; I’m comfortable in my body. But I could be healthier; not that I’m noticing any problems.
First things first – no more fast food, no more soda, no more alcohol. Its been a week, and this has already made an impact. I’ve cut out these things before, and I always have more energy when I do. But fast food is convenient, especially since I spend a lot of my time driving. The extra energy helps take the place of soda, which I mainly drink for the caffeine. And alcohol – well. I’m not a big drinker anyway, but I might as well cut that out too. It’ll at least save me some money.
I also plan to read a book a week for the rest of the year. So far, so good. Already read Russell Kirk’s “Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered“. Next up – “America the Beautiful” by Ben Carson. This will be a way to take up some extra time since I won’t be spending it at bars or at restaurants. More time at home reading means less time out spending money that I could be saving.
Unfortunately, this also means that less time will be spent writing on this blog. Don’t worry – I’ll make enough time for the occasional blog post, but updates will come slower than last year. Which reminds me; its been over a year since this blog took off. Over 200 posts and nearly 20,000 views. Thanks everyone! Please feel free to comment on anything I write and share the blog with your friends. Suggestions are always welcome as well.
Here’s to another year in America; another year in Wisconsin.