It's March 1 – do you know where your New Years Resolution is? How's that for crappy grammar?
One sixth of 2009 is gone already so it's high time I checked in with my new year's goals, a.k.a. the 2009 Minimum Standards Agreement.
1. Write down what I eat
I wrote like a demon all through January with precision and honesty, even while stranded on Temptation Island, USA. Once again I learned the obvious lessons – the more I write down what I eat, the more I stay conscious of my choices and think about my hunger levels and whether I really want to commit three HobNobs to the page.
There was a slack period in early February. No excuses; just a severe case of the blahs and feeling resentful and rebellious. But then I noticed how stopping the little diary Agreement spilled over into the other two Agreements and also things like keeping up with meal planning and laundry and other domestic bollocks. And then I started getting apathetic and cranky at work. You know the general snowball effect of not keeping on top of the little things, resulting in an overall overwhelmed feeling? Or is that simply the miserable bastard that is FEBRUARY in the Northern Hemisphere?
2. Exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes
I missed heaps of kickboxing classes in January due to book promo stuff but made sure to do something, even if it was body weight exercises in the hotel room or a quick walk. February was a kickboxing frenzy so the minimum standard was easy to keep up.
This month I want to add some more variety and get outside. Today I went for a walk with Dr G in this skanky bit of forest. It was totally muddy and miserable but ace! At one point our path was blocked by a burn (that's Scottish for creek) and the only way across was a slippery fallen tree. We stood there for a few minutes daring each other do it. I was going to walk through the water coz I was sure I'd overbalance but when Dr G started to tentatively shuffle across the log I thought DAMMIT I'm going to have to go now! And I did! Bloody brilliant.
3. 10.30 PM Internet curfew
I'm 75% good on this one. I'm more careful with my online habits, I'm sleeping better and have read some brilliant books. The curfew's made me look hard at my overall productivity and priorities. The next project is to get out of bed earlier for either writing or exercise. I'm still getting up just 20-30 minutes before I need to leave the house then wondering why I've not blogged for a week or my yoga DVDs are dusty. Hmmmmm.
Next MSA Update will be at the end of April once I'm back from visiting the folks in Oz. Public declaration of intent – I will not bring back an extra five kilos back to Scotland like I did last time!
If you have resolutions/goals, hope they're going great guns!