Amy Tries Again

December 26, 2012, 10:07 PM
Filed under: Miscellanea


I haven’t even taken down the Christmas tree yet, but I’ve had Auld Lang Syne in my head all afternoon.  This has gotten me thinking about the new year.  Or maybe it was the other way around.  Hmm.

Anyway!  I do like a good new year’s resolution.  Yes, yes, I know that grand gestures made on the first of January are often doomed to failure.  If I’d kept every resolution I’d ever made I would probably be Queen of Earth right now.  I am not.  Still, I do love the idea of a clean slate, and I think there’s something charming about a good chunk of the population deciding to try to  better themselves at the same time.  With that in mind: I have two.  They are fairly simple.

1.  I am going to try to eat three meals a day like a proper human.  It seems obvious, doesn’t it?  Thing is, I’m not always very good at eating like a proper human.  Working odd hours, living alone, being a bit lazy with cooking and having a crippling addiction to sodium-based snacks brings out the worst in me when it comes to the preparation of meals.  It seems almost selfish to cook proper dinners when I’m going to be the only one eating them.  Add to that my constant cries of woe about the size of my arse, and you’ve got a fairly unfortunate situation for someone with a history of disordered eating.  I WANT to resolve to go on a big diet – but believe you me, that’s asking for trouble.  I’ve noticed in the past that when I’m feeding myself like a proper damn human, my food obsession – yeah, I’d go so far as to use that word – subsides.  Therefore: I am going to try to make the preparation and consumption of Normal Person Meals a formal and important goal.

2.  Don’t worry.  This one is much less OH NO FEELINGS AND ISSUES-based.  I am a sloucher.  My terrible slouchy ways give me a sore back and the tendency to poke my neck out at my computer screen like a suspicious chicken.  In order to prevent me turning into a complete hunchback, I intend to watch my posture.  (This will probably involve lots of post-its reading SIT UP STRAIGHT.)  To try to get my back muscles a bit stronger, I’m also looking forward to starting to do a bit of non-occasional-but-not-too-regimented swimming again, and was delighted with some Christmas presents to this end (underwater mp3 player!).  2013 will be the year of excellent posture.

So, yeah.  I’m trying to make these goals feel achievable.  I tend to set the bar too high, and then run away angrily kicking rocks when I don’t manage things on the first go.  Hopefully, these are both specific and non-threatening enough that I won’t feel the need to abandon them as a lost cause after an inevitable setback – or, if I do, to try again.

A belated Merry Christmas, readers, and an early Happy New Year.  Do you have any resolutions?

(PS:  This blog has gotten awfully Oprah-y lately.  Note to self: write a post about the best kind of ugly cats or something.)


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Underwater mp3 player!?

My goals are similar to yours.

1. Cook lunches for work rather than eating out all the time. Lunch out is expensive and I’ve exhausted all QUT has to offer. I can cook good food and I enjoy cooking. So why am I so reluctant to put the effort in to prepare meals for lunch?

2. Work on fitness. Not so much my backside but I’m carrying a lot of weight in front which makes it difficult to find clothes and uncomfortable to ride a road bike. My stamina and upper body strength are terrible, too. This may involve signing up for a gym either at QUT or through Fitness First. I should get into swimming as well, as being in a pool is awesome and you don’t get nearly as sweaty in a pool as with other forms of exercise.

Comment by Sam Clifford

I have had a similar problem in the past. I set up my computer to remind me to eat both breakfast (at breakfast time) and lunch (at lunchtime). It works a charm.

Comment by dnabeast

I too have slipped into the bad habit of skipping meals and not eating properly since I started living alone. Must fix this in the new year also. Yes.

Comment by Brett Hansen

You can read the words easier when you poke your neck out at the computer screen like a suspicious chicken though. I agree it needs working on, for me, so will join you in that one but I do think that “eating like a normal human” is over-rated ….


Comment by Barb.

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