New Year and resolutions.

Lots of people over what is loosely referred to as the festive season have asked me – have I made a New Year’s resolution – and I have asked them the same question in return.
I always say the same thing. You can make a resolution any time of the year – and I feel if you want to, you can stick with it and indeed are more likely to stick with it if it’s not at New Year.
It seems apposite for me to consider the issue today and look at other people’s NYR stories and thoughts.

One of my first resolutions was to be tidier – and this image of Steve Jobs in his decluttered environment way back in 1982 which was chosen by Paul Stamatiou in his blog really hit it for me.

declutteredPaul writes: As I prepare to get in the California/startup life mode, I plan on having less and thus leading a simpler life. I just have too much crap, for lack of a better word. I keep telling myself I’m going to move to California with just my laptop and a suitcase of clothes. I’ve started decluttering in the last few months by throwing out stuff I didn’t need and sending home the more valuable but still useless things I own. By having less clutter, I feel I have to less things to worry about and less stuff floating around in my mind.

Loads of people think about getting fit – but in an oddly ambiguous way. This was summed up for me perfectly by Emma Cowling in the Scotsman

THE other day I sneaked a peak at the fitness resolutions I made last new year in this column, and was surprised to see how many of them I had managed to keep. I no longer work out in front of the TV, my handweights are still used regularly, I have made up several playlists to listen to on my iPod when I work out, and, perhaps most importantly, I found out what glutes are (bottom muscles. Aren’t you glad you asked?).
This does not mean, however, that I can rest on my laurels. After all, there’s always room for improvement, isn’t there? So here are my fitness resolutions for 2008:

1 Buy a new pair of trainers: Much as I love my black, pink and silver sparkly pair, they are the only ones I have purchased in the past year, and the only pair I have owned in the previous 15. They’re lovely, but it’s time to cut the cord. In addition to which, they are starting to smell.

2 Remember how crappy I feel the first time I exercise after a “break”: Ah, the exercise “break”. A euphemism if ever I heard one. Usually it’s because I’ve been ill, or too busy to work out, and the longer I leave it, the more I build up the hatred as I know how grim it is to start exercising again after some time off. To which the answer is, of course, not to take time off.

3 Find a new way to exercise: My routine bores me, and I’ve been thinking for a while that I’d like to do something more challenging to keep fit. Over Christmas I did some walking in the Perthshire hills and enjoyed it immensely, so perhaps that’s an avenue I could explore further. Just something, anything, to stop me endlessly jogging on the spot to that annoying Fedde
le Grand song.

4 Actually go for a run rather than just lay out all my running gear five days in a row. This one is depressingly self-explanatory.

5 Get my exercise ball fixed: As I detailed a few weeks back, some well-meaning soul used it as a chair at a dinner party recently, and it is now the size of a beach ball. I’ve relied on this monstrous thing for months now, so getting it repaired is an essential component of the 2008 fitness arsenal.

6 Set myself a goal: A half marathon maybe, or a walking holiday. I’m not sure what yet, but having a fitness-related target for later this year would, I suspect, be a good way to fire up motivation.

7 Get fit(ter): Last year my resolution was to get fit. While I have certainly made great strides in that direction I’m still not in marathon condition. Yet again, it’s the only one that really matters.

Happy New Year to you all.

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