Lets face it; new years resolutions suck. They are just something that people make up in the spur of the moment, and they’re half hearted at best, and last maybe a week or two and worst. This year, I’ve decided not to make any new years resolutions, and instead set myself some serious goals that will see a new and improved me in 12 months time.
- Lose weight!
This is one that many say they’ll do each year, but often gets forgotten about once life returns to normal, and the pressures of everyday life return, crushing our willpower in their wake.
This year, however, I am committed to actually achieving this goal. I recently herniated 2 disks in my lower spine, and advice from my healthcare providers (my GP and my mother, a nurse for 30+ years) is that I need to lose weight in order for the disks to un-herniate. My mother told me straight up that I need to drop 30kgs (66lbs) if I ever want to enjoy any sort of pain free life. So, thats my goal. 30 kilos in a year. I’m going to go from #FatDad to #FitDad in 12 months.
I want to do this the old fashioned way too, eating better and exercise. I’m not going to be doing any fad diets or clenses, nor will I be partaking in any sort of medicinal help. Its going to suck, and hurt like hell, but I know that the pay off at the end of the year will be worth it!
Improve my health (mental & physical)
For many of you who don’t know, I’ve been battling with bipolar affective disorder for quite a few years now, coupled with the occasional anxiety attack, its pretty safe to say that my mental health state isn’t the best it can be. Thankfully, my bipolar is (at the moment) quite under control with medication. The anxiety attacks come out of nowhere and can be a real spanner in the works when they decide to pop up. That being said, I’m going to start treating myself better, and hopefully start to see an improvement in my moods and attitudes.
As well as my mental health, my physical body isn’t in the best shape it could be in either. Despite the aforementioned weight problem and herniated spinal disks, I have also recently discovered that parts of my spine are succumbing to osteoarthritis. All of this is probably a result of some major spinal surgery I had 10 years ago, where they fixed an abnormal curvature (hunch) in my spine by inserting a titanium rod either side of my spine. I’ve been living with pretty persistent pain since then, but I’ve decided that now it’s time to find the right mix of exercise, physiotherapy, and pain medication where I can live a pain free life.
- Save money
This one is going to be tough for someone on welfare, but I think that if I can put a little bit aside each week, it will start adding up pretty quickly.
- Set up and stick to a routine
I have no routine in my day-to-day life, and that leaves me feeling disorganised and unmotivated. This year, that’s going to change. With the help of my wife, Kayla, we are going to implement a morning and night routine; to help us get motivated each day, and distinguish between awake time and asleep time. I also desperately NEED to start getting out of bed at set times each morning. Without Kayla here to wake me up, I honestly think I could sleep until well after midday each day, no matter how late/early I went to bed the night before.
- Write more.
This one is pretty straight forward. I have a blog. I write. I am a writer. Or am I? I feel like this blog hasn’t been getting the level of attention it deserves, and I want to make it my number 2 priority next year (family being first, okay?).
Well, there you have it. My main goals for 2016. What goals have you set yourself? Let me know in the comments below, or drop me a line here. You can also check up on my progress/give me encouragement on my social media accounts, all of which can be found at the very top of this page.
I hope you all have a happy and extraordinary 2016.
As always, be kind;
Jason Arnold (@tassiedad)