Not Exactly New Year’s Resolutions

new-years-resolutionsWe’re a few weeks into 2015 now; I imagine most of those New Year’s Resolutions are either in full effect or completely forgotten about by now, at least for those that actually make New Year’s Resolutions. According to usa.gov, some popular New Year’s Resolutions are lose weight, get in shape, quit smoking, find a better job, manage debt, etc. Statistically, only around 8% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions actually achieve them. As for myself, I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. Why? Because I know I’m lazy, to be honest.

That being said, there are things that I know I need to improve upon. I really do need to quit smoking; it makes my clothes stink, I’m always coughing up phlegm, I’m short of breath, it’s expensive. However, back in November I finally purchased a good e-cigarette. “Vaping”, as it’s called, has helped quite a bit. I was smoking about a pack a day; now it’s closer to half a pack or less. I’ve attempted to use an e-cigarette before, but this time around (probably because I bought one that uses liquid instead of cartridges) seems to be working out better.

Weight loss has always been a struggle for me (again, I fully admit I’m lazy). When I first moved to the Metro-Atlanta area in 2010, my pant size was a 48” waist. Within a year, I was down to a 40” waist. Admittedly, in the last couple of years, I’ve put weight back on and I’m probably closer to a 42” waist now. While I’m proud that I’ve managed to not have to pull my “fat-ass pants” out of the back of the closet, I do acknowledge that I really do need to get back into a routine of at least being active again instead of plopping down on the couch or in front of my computer when I get home from work. I’ve been making a better effort to lay off the junk food lately and I’ve also made it a point to drink water instead of reaching for a soda-pop.

As for money and career, I’m doing ok. Actually, career-wise, the last three years have been the best of my life. A few months ago I got a promotion and a significant raise and see no reason why I shouldn’t be able to continue to advance at my current company. I’m actually even starting to look into buying a house instead of continuing to rent, which is something that I considered an impossible dream a few years ago.

It’s all a work in progress; old habits die hard. The goal is make new habits that are more beneficial, not resolutions that set you up for failure.

~ JC

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