New Year’s Resolutions after 10 days

  1. Get into shape: December was far better than January for walking… I have only hit my 10 000 steps a day target on five out of ten days so far… (December 28 out of 31)
  2. Sleep: Get to bed before midnight.  I have achieved this every night apart from 31st December when I saw the New Year in. This is going well. 7-9 hours sleep a night. Only one night, I woke up early and couldn’t get back to sleep….Tuesday 7 January (awoke at 6:15).
  3.  Eat healthier food, and less food overall. Too many sweets, crisps and even a visit to McDonalds.
  4. Read more: 1 book finished Book Review: “Paper Towns” by John Green, I should finish one a week, to hit my target of 50 books in a year.
  5. Start Saving Money: No action on this resolution.
  6. Learn Georgian: learnt the conjugations of two verbs and have done the Memrise speed review on most days. Still need to do more.
  7. Pick up useful skills or fun hobbies. I assembled a set for Lego Movie Maker. Hope to make some brickfilms soon.
  8. Travel more. I haven’t left Tbilisi yet.
  9. Visit the Dentist. Not yet.
  10. Learn to cook new recipes:Nope

Of the 10 resolutions, only sleep is doing well, too many aren’t out of the starting blocks.

New Year’s Resolutions

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.

      1. 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.
      2. 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.
      3.  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.
      4. 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.
      5. Start Saving Money: I don’t even have a savings account at the moment. So I really need to look into this.
      6. 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.
      7. 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.
      8. 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.
      9. 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….
      10. 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.

New Year’s Resolutions

It is a couple of weeks away from January 1st, last January (New Year’s Resolutions) I made some resolutions, I reviewed the progress in September and overall it was disappointing.

1. Get into shape: I’m still 70 kg, no increase, no decrease. I’m walking around 12 000 steps a day according to the pedometer app on my phone, this went down in July and August, with few lessons I had less motivation for getting out of the house. This month, December, I have been intent on hitting 10 000 steps a day, and have managed to do this for 14 days in succession, sometimes this has involved just extra walking around town, when normally I would have taken the metro or a bus. I also climb the 172 steps up Ikalto Hill to home about twice a day.  (How do I think I’m doing on this resolution: 4 out of 10).

2. Start eating healthier food, and less food overall. I am visiting fast food outlets less frequently, I can’t remember the last time I visited Wendy’s or McDonalds’s (I used to visit Wendy’s at least once a week), I still visit KFC about twice a month.  I also eat far too many sweets. I do occasionally opt for a salad and chose water rather than a sugary drink. This still needs more work. (How do I think I’m doing on this resolution: 4 out of 10).

3. Stop procrastinating: At the beginning of the year I was bingeing on “Grey’s Anatomy” then other series like “The Wire”. I have a fuller timetable now, so less opportunity to laze around. I still find I’m not making the most of unscheduled time. (How do I think I’m doing on this resolution: 2 out of 10)

4. Meet new people: Apart from new students, most of the new people I meet are those who attend the English Language Exchange on Mondays, this is the social highlight of the week for me. I have trouble remembering names. So I have taken to writing new ames down in my phone, to help my memory. (How do I think I’m doing on this resolution: 3 out of 10)

5. Give up cigarettes: This was a joke resolution, I have never smoked… (How do I think I’m doing on this resolution: 10 out of 10).

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6. Read more: My target for the year is 40 books, I have just met this challenge, but I have been cheating a little, some books are bigger than others. I could spend more time reading and less time on Facebook. (How do I think I’m doing on this resolution: 6 out of 10)

7. Become tidier: I really need to work on this. (How do I think I’m doing on this resolution: 1 out of 10)

8. Start saving money: and this… (How do I think I’m doing on this resolution: 0 out of 10)

9. Learn a new language. I have been using Memrise to learn some Georgian words and Duolingo to learn some German, Portuguese and Dutch. I don’t know how useful these apps have been. My Duolingo streak reached 123, but if I were to meet a Brazilian or Portuguese person, there is a limit to what I can say. I’m listening to Georgian songs on YouTube, the tunes stick but few of the words are sticking :/ (How do I think I’m doing on this resolution: 2 out of 10)

10. Pick up useful skills or fun hobbies. I have bought a computer with photoshop but haven’t done anything with the program yet. I also have an idea to try some stop motion animation, I have bought two lights and a Lego set but have yet to do anything with this. (How do I think I’m doing on this resolution: 0 out of 10)

11. Travel more. I haven’t been out of Georgia this year. (How do I think I’m doing on this resolution: 1 out of 10)

12. Go see your doctor more often: the only doctors I’ve seen are the pretend doctors on “Grey’s Anatomy” and those I have taught English to. (How do I think I’m doing on this resolution: 0 out of 10)

13. 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. (How do I think I’m doing on this resolution: 1 out of 10)

14. Start being more creative: need to work on this…. (How do I think I’m doing on this resolution: 2 out of 10)

I think on 1st January, I’ll make the same resolutions and try to stick with them far more than I have this year.