Another year has flown the coop. As I sit here reading my posts from 2012 (and how few there are!) I am amazed at how far I’ve actually come in a year.
This year, instead of the resolutions I despise so much, I decided on a year-end review. I get performance reviews at work, so, why shouldn’t someone give me one in life as well? (Even if it is my own — you are your own worst critique after all?) To give myself a proper review, I need a scale of sorts; to which I’ve settled on reviewing myself on my 2012 resolutions. I’ll use a 1-5 scale, with 1 being a complete success and 5 being an epic failure.
The Year-end Review:
2012 Resolution 1: Healthier Habits Rating: 1.5 Healthier habits is a complete lifestyle overhaul, that will most certainly take longer than a year to fully achieve successful status. However, in the last year, I began eating more natural and whole food, including more fresh vegetables and kale smoothies; I also cut out much of the processed foods by shopping only the perimeter at the grocery store, making my own salad dressing, coffee creamer, and even bread. I believe this is going to be a continued resolution into 2013.
2012 Resolution 2: Half Marathon Rating: 1 I might have set myself up for success here long before I actually set my 2012 resolutions as I knew 2012 would be the year of the half marathon — I signed up to both train and run the thing before 2012. That said, I logged over 200 miles training, met some really awesome running buddies, and had the time of my life running the race. Sure, it was a very warm April day, I ended up with a migraine from dehydration, and every muscle in my body ached the next day, but it was worth every minute of the 2 hours and 43 minutes it took me to cross that finish line. I still have a sense of accomplishment, and we’re 8 months out!
2012 Resolution 3: Stress Rating: 3 I suppose this rating shouldn’t be a shock to anyone. Stress is a very difficult thing to actually control, especially in the profession I chose. Training for the half marathon really helped me control the stress during spring. However, as the fall approached and work got crazy again, I stopped working out. It may have actually been a good lesson to learn, in hindsight. I realized only then how much of an impact working out had on helping me to control the stress. I certainly took that lesson to heart and will be applying it to the 2013 year as well.
Overall Average Score: 1.83
It could always be worse! Turns out, I actually made resolutions I could mostly keep for 2012. Here’s to everything that 2013 has in store. That said, maybe we should all focus more on lifestyle changes rather than resolutions for 2013. How will you make a difference in 2013?