It’s that time of year ago. The time for looking backwards to the year we’ve just left, and forwards to the year just beginning. Last January I documented my resolutions here on this blog, so I thought now would be the perfect time to review them, see how I did, and put in writing my resolutions for 2011.
So, what did I say I would do?
1. Reach my target weight, and maintain it (1 stone to go, having already lost 2 stone since August)
Failed dismally. I maintained my weight, but didn’t lose anything further, until I went back to work in May, and since then I have been completely off diet, re-gaining everything I lost the year before last. I’m not happy about this, but I can’t do everything, and having to suddenly find 28 hours a week for work, some things have had to go by the wayside, and cooking and meal planning was the first to go.
2. Secure a suitable role when I return to work in June
Big tick. I am still employed (which was by no means guaranteed when I wrote down my goals last January), although there have had to be compromises. I wanted to work three days per week, but the best I was offered was a four day per week role. The role I went back to wasn’t a particularly good match for my skills and preferences, but I’ve been working with my boss and I think we’ve found a way to make me happier in my role this year. In the current climate I appreciate I’m lucky to have a job at all, and so compromises have to be made.
3. Establish a second income stream of some kind
Another big tick. I have managed to gain some paid work through blogging, and whilst it is not consistent or significant yet, it’s a good start. My reasons for wanting a second income stream were due to the fear of redundancy, now that fear has mostly been abated my drive is not so strong. At the moment I see blogging as a “self funding hobby” rather than an income stream, but my blogging has lead to a new income stream for the geekdaddy, which is great 🙂
As well as the above three goals, I also resolved to embrace my opportunities in 2011, to “seize the day” if you like. This gave me an over-arching “attitude” for 2011, and led to me attending my first blogging events, the fabulous northern lunches, my first blogging conference, and allowed me to relish turning 40 rather than fearing it.
So let me look forward to 2012 now, what am I going to do? Well there are just two things on my list this year:
1. Address my weight issues. I suspect I will be writing a few blog posts about this. I feel like every day I learn more about my attitude towards food, and it’s clear that I can’t just “diet”. I have to permanently change the way I eat and the things I eat. I’m not sure I can do this overnight, so I expect to spend a lot of 2012 working out what new eating habits will work for me, and implementing them.
2. Continue embracing new opportunities and challenges. Yes, I’ll be continuing my “carpe diem” attitude from last year. It has served me well 🙂
That’s my resolutions, what are yours?
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