January 1st…. last year I made several New Year’s Resolutions but my resolutions didn’t actually match my resolve. So here I am again thinking about what I should do in the new year.
- Get into shape: I’m 68kg, which is 2kg less than last year but still 3kg above my target weight. In December, I managed to hit my target of 10 000 steps a day, measured by an app on my phone, for 28 days out of the 31. This was an achievement, as in November, I only hit the target for 19 days out of the 30. I won’t be joining a gym, I would like to do more swimming.
- Sleep: Get to bed before midnight. Having read “Why We Sleep” by Matthew Walker PhD, I have come to realise the importance of sleep. I get up around 8am, most days, so I should be in bed before midnight to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep.
- Eat healthier food, and less food overall. More salad, more fruit and vegetables. Less sweets, sugar, salt, fast food etc… I know what a healthy diet is, but junk food has a strong attraction.
- Read more: My target last year was 40 books, I registered 42 books on Goodreads, but some of that was slightly cheating, including novellas like A Simple Heart (72 pages), The Yellow Wall Paper (55 pages) and children’s books like Roquefort: The Mouse Detective, Horton Hears a Hoo and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway” by Jeff Kinney My total of adult books over 200 pages long was a more modest 25 books. This year I have upped the target to 50 books and intend to do less cheating.
- Start Saving Money: I don’t even have a savings account at the moment. So I really need to look into this.
- Learn Georgian: This has been my resolution for the past 10 years, and I still have made little progress. Good sleep will help, as will applying myself to learning vocabulary, speaking and reading in Georgian.
- Pick up useful skills or fun hobbies. I would like to do some stop animation films. I would also like to fix or customise some of my broken diecast cars.
- Travel more. I didn’t go out of Georgia in 2019. This year I’d like to visit the Netherlands and make at least one more trip abroad. I’d also like to visit some new parts of Georgia like Lagodekhi.
- Visit the Dentist. This is something I have dreaded since childhood. When I lived in UK, I visited my dentist once every six months. In Georgia, I haven’t seen a dentist once….
- Learn to cook new recipes: I have watched lots of cooks on YouTube, like Laura Vitale, Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal. But I have yet to turn their inspiration into actual cooking.
Let’s see if I have more resolve this year.