I wrote about my 2013 New Year Resolutions in December. https://fionadranesblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/2012-2-successful-resolutions-and-resolves-for-2013-but-theres-7/. Thought I would give an update. I have decided that resolutions shouldn’t just be for the New Year and forgotten again at the end of January. But taken through the whole year! In other words it hasn’t been a total success in all areas. And one resolution was a total failure in January the shopping Queen lives on.
I have though thought of each of the areas that I wanted to change over the course of the month and have reflected on the reasons why it would be a good idea to make changes in these areas. And there have been some successes I have read a whole business book the Experience Economy so that is a tick. I have moved my writing project on with a major breakthrough in research in early January. That made me jump with joy and had the rest of the family laughing at my enthusiasm at the information that I had discovered.
Plus I have managed to fit in extra exercise into my life. The Wii arrived in our family at Christmas from a very generous sister. The kids especially my son had to be dragged away from the device over Christmas and the days to follow. So much so I thought we were going to have to start a rota. Even my husband and to my great surprise my father got involved. So much so Papa got quite addicted to Fifa 13. He was delighted to be a key scorer for Manchester United and announced that he could really understand why my son was spending so much time on the Wii. I was delighted that the kids were so pleased with their present. Highly amused at my Dad. But if I am honest I didn’t see it as something I would use. I don’t get computer games its just not me and I have attempted nano seconds on the Nintendo games but quickly give up! All this changed when my daughter with Christmas money bought Dance 4! I watched from the side lines as she showed this to her Aunt and both grandmothers. Could I? Would I not feel daft? My daughter and I pre-Christmas had been amusing ourselves with yoga DVD’s before she went to bed and were resolved to continue after Christmas. As I had found one it was fun and two I felt better for it even in the short time we did it pre the holidays. So the first night back at work and school the Wii went on and I tentatively had a go at dancing! How I loved it! What laughs we had. So its become a key thing to do each week night. The Wii goes on and we dance! The great thing doing this with my daughter is that she never forgets and is a gentle reminder each night that I need to make this resolve work! Though confess as she’s currently away at her grandparents for half term and I haven’t a clue how to get the Wii on I have been on the exercise bike instead! Looking forward to her return in many ways including we will dance again!
One of my other resolves was to attempt to stop the weight going up with a goal to get back into size 12 jeans which I haven’t worn for a good few years now. Here the resolve didn’t get going in the first few weeks of January. Until I came across the 5:2 diet. Now I hate diets. Don’t see the point in them and the thought of eating differently from the rest of the family doesn’t appeal. But this diet seemed achievable. Basically two days a week you keep to 500 calories a day and the rest of the time you can eat normally. Only been doing it for two weeks and haven’t gone on the scales yet. But so far I am finding it something that fits easily into my life. So we shall see! Size 12 jeans still someway off but the size 14 ones are feeling far more comfortable to wear!
Finally my 2012 resolves are still going well. I have taken my grateful things per day off my Facebook page and now write them down in a diary. But like last year it does focus the mind that each day there is always something to be grateful for. Especially on a bad day and I’ve had a few of them in January.
I am still writing a review for each and every book I read. Highlights for January are Capital by John Lanchester that is my adult book of the month. Loved it and could really relate to the story of the impact of the financial crisis on a street in London. It would be a close call for this to be the book of the month as a children’s book I read with my daughter also captivated me. The Memory Cage by Ruth Eastham. It’s about a Serbian boy adopted by a family in England. The grandfather who he is very close to develops Alzheimer’s. The wee boy tries to help by writing down his grandfather’s history which includes the second world war where he a conscious objector but is involved with Dunkirk. It is a great story of the relationship between children and their grandparents but also a wonderful way of introducing recent history. We loved it. So Capital and Memory Cage two great books my best January reads.
So the ambitious task of 7 resolutions. Progress in some, total failure in others and little baby steps in others. Looking back I don’t thinks it’s a cop-out! I have looked at all of them over the course of the month and I do feel to work it has to be thought through over the course of 12 months. So I will keep you posted with progress.