This month is all about resolutions. My resolution is to not make resolutions. I’ve made that same resolution for the last several years because I suck at keeping them. Don’t believe me? Well, I’m in my mid 30’s and have only kept three in my life. Let’s review them.
January 1st 1997
Resolution: Read More
It would have been impossible not to keep this resolution since I was 21 and had NEVER read a book before. Sure I had read textbooks, but ever a book for fun, which is ironic since I’m now an author. I had attempted to read Jurassic Park and The Hunt for Red October but could never finish them. That all changed when I read The Firm. I lost myself in the book and actually enjoyed myself. This was a huge turning point in my life and I now find myself reading at every free moment.
Result: I’m a secret bookworm
January 1st 2009
Resolution: Do Crossfit Consistently
I implemented “Jeans Friday” in my office because it’s easy to let weight creep up on you when you wear scrubs everyday, or in my case, Dickies. One day my jeans were a little tighter than I liked (read: sausage casings). I had heard about this crazy gym in town called Core Elements so I thought I’d give it a try. It was at its early stages of transforming into a Crossfit. I was instantly hooked and even more important my jeans fit again. I was consistent with it for a year and half until I hurt my back. Eventually I got over my injury but I never got back into the classes for fear of reinjuring my back. Instead I started my own workouts that were similar but safe for my back.
Result: Jeans have fit since ‘09
May 1st 2011
Resolution: Drink more water
I realize this came a little late in the year but that’s because I had no intentions of making a resolution. Cut to “The Water Nazi.” I hired a Treatment Coordinator for my office that drinks, by my estimation, 2-3 gallons of water a day. One day she was refilling her water and asked if I needed some. I laughed and let her know I hadn’t had a glass of water in months. Horrified, she started handing me bottles of water and making me drink them. Since I have a natural hatred for water I would just guzzle them in one sitting, then gag for a few minutes. I did really well for a while and even downloaded an app that kept track of my water intake. But then I got fat. I was convinced that it was the water since that was the only thing I’d changed in my diet. My theory is that the water plumped up the fat cells. The Water Nazi thought that was the most flawed logic she’d ever heard. I got a really hard time for giving water up cold turkey so I made a compromise. I start adding more ice to my diet coke and therefore get more water as the ice melts. Genius!
Result: I drink just enough water for my body to function but not enough to make me fat.
Conclusion: I think the best resolution for me is to not make resolutions.