We’re now into the second month of 2012 and boy has the time flown by! I thought I’d give you guys an update on how things are going with my New Years resolutions. Generally speaking, we’re almost at the stage where lots of people start breaking their resolutions and going back to the same old daily routine. I’d love to say that I’m far from that… but one of the biggest, most tasking changes I wanted to make I’ve barely even started on; swimming.
I’ve been meaning to get back into a routine of exercising but this has yet to materialise and so I’m sad that I’ve missed out on a whole months worth of swimming but I do have 11 more months to make up for it. None of us are perfect, but we do have the ability to make a decision on what we want to do as of NOW. So I’m not going to let this resolution slip away.
That’s enough of the bad, lets talk about the good!
As my readers will know I pledged that I would read a target of 50 books this year (about a book a week), a task that I would find difficult as I read a measly 3 books in 2011. Within the first month of 2012 I have read 5 books! Huzzah! I’m going to put up a page at the top of my reading list so you guys can keep track of what I’ve read and maybe give some suggestions about what to read next. Maybe you’ve just read a really interesting book that you want to share? Or if you fancy reading a book at the same time that would be fun as well!
A website that I’ve found very useful for keeping track on my reading is Goodreads - check it out!
I haven’t visited any new countries yet although me and my good friend Chris are booking a trip to Paris to fly in the Easter break so that should be an exciting adventure! I shall keep you posted when the time comes. I also plan on visiting Scotland soon. I shall be taking the train up from Cardiff to Edinburgh so the views shall be magnificent and whether that technically counts as visiting a new country I shall leave that up to you!
How have your new years resolutions going? Are you finding any old habits impossible to break?
Another year has passed and this one is just beginning and I’m filled with such positive vibes because not only do I think that I’m going to achieve some amazing things this year but I’m pretty certain that my friends will do so too.
In all honesty, after each year passes I’m usually pretty indifferent about what I’ve achieved in a space of a year but looking back over 2011 I cannot help but feel proud of myself and what I’ve accomplished.
Here’s a list of them:
- I’ve reduced a lot of clutter from my life.
- I’ve started a blog which is open for any of my friends or family to read in an attempt to be as open as possible.
- I’ve stopped my uncontrollable spending habits and developed a serious saving mentality to start a travel fund.
- I’ve met some of the most interesting people in my life and am proud to call them my friends.
- I’ve managed to raise over £5000 for charities by creating and managing fundraising events.
- I’ve committed over 100 hours volunteering to help the community I lived in.
- I’ve graduated from university!
- I’ve been on TV!
- I’ve become an uncle
Having acknowledged those achievements I have been starting to think about what it is I want to do for this year. I’m not entirely naive and I’m fully aware that so many people make New Year’s resolutions that fall flat in a month but I’ve come this far and managed to make so many new changes that I’m positive on making the following goals happen:
- Start to exercise more – get back into a decent swimming routine.
- Read at least 50 books this year. I’ve not read much (outside of course material) since going to university and feel that I have so much to catch up on… last year I only read 3 books (I feel sorry admitting that!) so 50 is a massive increase.
- Continue blogging routinely (and replying to all of your emails as soon as possible!)
- Travel to 3 new countries that I’ve never been to before.
- Breaking habits and being more spontaneous with what I do.
- Have as much fun along the way as possible!
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season and look forward to hearing your plans for 2012.
I have been pondering lately how bad my food diet has been getting. 6 months ago my diet would have been considered a healthy, balanced one which ticked all the right boxes. Lately, however, I have turned to so much junk fast food, fizzy drinks and chocolate (yum!)… I suppose all of these are my weaknesses that I have turned to when facing such a huge lifestyle shift and none of these things are that bad, providing you eat them in moderation and really make them feel like a ‘treat’.
I keep wishing that I lived somewhere far away… where the culture of eating was much healthier; such as the Italy or Greece. I would think to myself that I would love to have a Mediterranean diet and that it would be so easy to keep healthy if I grew up there. In some part, I feel I’m right. However, even though it is harder to do so now (as I don’t buy my own groceries any more) it does not mean I shouldn’t try. I’ve been able to sustain a healthy diet before and it’s time for me to stop day dreaming about having a healthy diet and to just take the first step.
I am largely going to be adopting a pescetarian diet but will occasionally make room for a bit of chicken and the odd burger here and there (we can’t give up everything now can we?!). It’s going to be hard, especially since my knowledge of cooking fish is pretty limited so I’ll have to rustle up some tasty fish recipes to get my into the swing of things. I suppose the one thing I wish to change about my diet is the amount of fizzy drinks I consume. They have become such a habit and they are so costly – to my wallet and my body! This isn’t something I can really change over night as habits have already been engrained into my daily routine so small, incremental changes must be made until I reach my goal.
Turning to a less meat based diet not only improves the health of myself but also preserves the environment in which we live in. Too much land is needed to rear cattle and livestock and is generally considered an inefficient way of obtaining energy. Cattle farms today cannot rely on simple grass feeding but are fed an enormous amount of grains, oats and corn; which exceeds the amount of calories obtained through eating beef. Raising cattle also requires huge amounts of water and land – both of which are diminishing fast and are becoming increasingly valuable. Here’s some more info about the global benefits of eating less meat. It would make sense for future prosperity and global sustainability to move away from eating large quantities of beef and adopt diets held in places such as India or Japan – but this is very unlikely to happen any time soon! But I suppose I can do my bit to affect change in myself and pass on new, healthier habits to those around me; who will in turn pass them on to those around them.
Looking at my diet in a way of saving the world is a bit too heavy and thinking like that will just leave me feeling overwhelmed. So for the time being I’m going to focus on improving myself and my eating habits until eventually my habits will naturally affect others