Every year I make my New Year’s resolutions, and honestly, I do pretty well. I usually achieve about half of them, which is about what I expect. I purposefully make more resolutions than I expect to achieve because I figure the percentages will be more in my favor. But this year, I’ve decided to add in some public accountability into the process. I’m going to ask you, dear reader, for your help. I’m going to welcome your advice and your criticism. I’m going to be open, real, and vulnerable with my progress. I plan to check in once per month to update you on my progress toward these goals and to comment on my struggles. I’d love to hear your resolutions and progress as well.
Follow this blog, so you’ll get updates when I post, and I’ll be checking in with you frequently.
Here are my goals/resolutions for 2019:
- Meditate for at least 15 minutes daily and practice one longer meditation per week (This could be a walking meditation, a forgiveness meditation, or other equaling at least 45 minutes).
- Practice yoga five times per week for at least 30 minutes per session.
- Journal at least five days per week (Journaling may entail writing poetry, writing about feelings, waxing philosophical, or just logging my activities with mindful reflection).
- Use my Noom app to log my food intake daily.
- Eat more vegetables and fruits while decreasing my intake of processed foods.
- Make good food choices at restaurants.
- Sleep at least 6.5 hours each night. (This is not ideal, but I currently average 5 hours per night, so I’m increasing my sleep slowly and realistically.)
- Walk 10, 000 steps per day (This is a real challenge for me because I have a desk job), but I got a Fitbit for Winter Solstice, so this should help.)
- Lose 25 lbs. slowly and healthily.
- Practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy along with mindfulness in order to gain contentment at work (I have a very stressful work environment).
I recently signed up with Noom for 6 months, and I will let you know how it works. I’m really excited about how it integrates sound scientific studies, psychology, and daily accountability into a weight loss plan. We, at The Centered Life, don’t have any affiliation with Noom, so we will be giving an unbiased review of the program.
I’ve also recently started using CBD oil for my knee injury, so I’m excited to start rehabbing in this area.
Additionally, I have been immersing myself in social psychology and neurology books and am fascinated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, so I’ll be blogging about that as well.
Please send your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas! Let’s support each other and have a great mindful and healthy 2019!—River Layne