Yesterday you heard all about my success and failure with my 2014 resolutions. Today I'm talking 2015 resolutions.
Publicly committing myself to a set of resolutions last year made me MUCH more mindful of them than I ever have been before. As a result, I'm going to do the same thing this year. Here's what's on my mind for 2015:
Resolution #1: Go to Crossfit 150 times
A better Crossfitter would likely make specific resolutions about the gains they'd like to make in their lifts, or the time improvements they'd like to make on the standard set of workouts. But I'm not a better Crossfitter. Instead, this year I'm going to focus on just getting myself there. With a bar of 150 times, I'm going to have to average 3x visits per week - with very few "off" weeks. That will certainly be a change from 2014. And I know once I'm there, the gains will come. They always do (especially when you're at my [low] level). I guess I'll be saying hello to 5:30AM quite a few times this year...
Resolution #2: Read 10,000 pages
If you read my post from yesterday, you probably remember me saying that I sandbagged a bit on my reading resolution last year and purposely picked shorter books so I could hit 18 books read by the end of this year. In an effort to make sure I read books like War and Peace and Moby Dick at some point, I decided to make this year's resolution about pages, not books. 10,000 pages is a pretty significant hike from what I read last year (6,622 pages) but I think I can do it, particularly because I cleaned out both my bookshelf at home and my Amazon wish list of all books that had low ratings on Goodreads. Everyone reads good books faster, right? Hopefully this year I won't be reading short, mediocre books but wonderful, lengthy books. Doesn't that sound nice? I've already kicked off the year with A Distant Mirror, a great 784-page historical tract on the 14th century. (That probably sounds terrible to most of you. But to my history major friends - I know you get me.)
Resolution #3: Travel internationally (and no, our trip to the Caribbean doesn't count)
Same resolution as last year, but I'm determined to succeed this time around.
And my fuzzier resolutions....
I'm not a fan of non-measurable resolutions, but there are three things I want to do in order to be a better person:
Resolution #4: Be on time
To those of you who knew me in my Texas days, you are likely shocked by this resolution. Before I moved to San Francisco, I was a paragon of punctuality. I went three entire years of dance team and then three years of cheerleading without being late to ANYTHING. True story. But ever since I started working at shopkick, I seem to be late to EVERYTHING. This year I want to change that. I mean, I was already late when I met up with the Rice applicant I interviewed...but that was January 2nd. We'll strike that from the record.
Resolution #5: Stop snoozing the alarm clock
Pretty much a necessary state of affairs if I'm going to hold myself to resolution #4.
Resolution #6: Look at my phone less. Way less.
I have a feeling that this might be the most popular resolution in America after "get fit." Isn't it crazy how much our phones dominate our lives now? If someone recorded how much time I spend looking at my phone every day, I think I would be appalled by the results. I want to cut the time I spend looking at Instagram and Facebook in half...if not more. My primary motivation for this resolution, other than making me a more engaged person, is to use the time I gain back to write more blog posts and read more books. I know the way you spend your time isn't strictly a zero-sum game....but to the extent that it is, I want to subtract minutes from the "iPhone" column and add them to the "books" column.
I'm not 100% sure how I'm going to go about this one, to be honest. I moved Facebook off of my first screen of apps, which I think is helping already. I also started sleeping with my phone in the other room, and I don't look at it in the morning until after I've taken a shower. And I'm just generally trying to open Instagram less. Do you guys have any other ideas? All thoughts are appreciated!
One final thought on New Year's Resolutions. I was walking through the city to an evening meeting yesterday, and I noticed that there were a LOT of people in workout clothes. I caught myself thinking "ha! New Year's Resolutioners. Won't last long..." which is embarrassing, but true. It made me reflect - I often think that New Year's Resolutioners can't win in the minds of others. For instance, many of us who exercise regularly spend all year silently judging those who do not exercise much/at all for being lazy, only to turn around and judge them as "resolutioners" when they actually do start exercising. Which mostly likely leads said resolutioner to return to their formerly fitness-less life, since people are much more likely to quit when expectations are low. And then the vicious cycle continues.
Keeping this in mind, maybe we gym-goers/healthy eaters/world travelers/non-smokers/insert-any-other-resolution-here-ers should stop being the problem and encourage others in their goals. There's something wonderfully noble about New Year's Resolutions, after all. And to all of you who are trying to change your habits despite the doubts of others - take Ira Glass's advice and "be a f**king soldier about it." Who cares what others think?
Have you guys made any New Year's Resolutions? If so, how are they going? I'd love to hear them!
I'm not planning on posting tomorrow, but I will be back on Friday with an outfit post!