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Resolutions for the new year

Posted: January 4, 2012 - 1:04am  |  Updated: January 4, 2012 - 5:49am

According to the Web site 43things.com, these items are the Top 10 New Year’s resolutions of 2012:

1. Lose weight

2. Read at least one book each month

3. Keep a note pad of awesome moments

4. Eat, drink, learn or try something new

5. Get enough sleep

6. Set an attainable athletic goal, like running a 5k or 10k

7. Take charge of your own financial life

8. Embrace your personal style and beauty

9. Sing a song at the top of your lungs at least once a week

10. Take time to read

There they are, folks. I have never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. My thought is, if you really were going to accomplish a goal, start it right away. It is too easy to spend October and November eating what you want or not exercising, because you have until Jan. 1 to start living a healthier lifestyle.

That said, this year I plan to try it. I cannot limit myself to just one. Lord knows I have way too many faults to simply choose one. Also, I would never have guessed that I would be in line with the rest of the country on a list of resolutions, but I was completely wrong.

I could use at least six of the above resolutions for my own. It seems everyone wants to lose weight, and personal finances could always improve. I might get less sleep than any living, breathing human on earth, too.

OK, so I do not care about singing at the top of my lungs (my entire family is extremely happy with that), and I read enough due to my job. That eliminates three of the above goals. And with pictures and videos, I do not feel the need to keep any type of journal. So, that makes it four resolutions that do not matter to me.

However, the other six I could use in my life, so I have decided to give it a try. I realize it is a major undertaking, especially for an old creature of habit like me. But I am going to try to tackle the following New Year’s Resolutions, and I encourage you to try with me.

1. Lose Weight: Not just lose weight, but become more healthy. I did this a couple of years ago. I lose a dramatic amount of weight, but due to laziness, I have gained most of the weight back.

2. Eat, drink, learn or try something new: I have a habit of picking out something I like and sticking with it. I order the same items at the same restaurants over and over again. I also want to take the family on some fun adventures, so this one is a no-brainer for my list.

3. Get more sleep: I am a night owl, which would be fine if I did not have to be at work by 5:45 a.m. every day. I stay up way too late watching TV, then because of my crazy schedule, try to sneak a nap in several times a week. Well, no more naps. I will make an effort to go to bed at a reasonable hour.

4. Set an attainable athletic goal: I absolutely hate running. That said, I will set an athletic goal. I have run a 10K before, but it was because our college basketball team had to. I will have something good by Sunday.

5. Take charge of your financial life: I will be setting some specific goals for the family with this one.

6. Embrace your personal style and beauty: This one sort of falls under No. 1. Along with losing weight, I want to be physically fit. Not sure that I will ever be beautiful, or have great personal style, but it can’t hurt trying.

I might actually add to my list – small things, like stop biting my fingernails. I know, it is a disgusting habit, but it is a tough habit to kick. I do not drink coffee or smoke, but biting my nails has always been a habit of mine.

I also have a few projects around the house I would like to get done.

Well, those are a few things I will be working on in 2012. So if you see me around town breaking any of these resolutions, call me on it. I can use the help.

This is going to be a tough few months.

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