New Years resolutions…I have never been a fan of them. So many New Years Resolutions are centered around losing weight, cutting out carbs, sugar or gluten, exercising ‘X’ amount of times per week (even if you HATE it), gaining more muscle, losing more fat, etc. I mean think about it, that is ALL you see for commercials throughout the month of January – weight loss. So because of this epidemic of losing weight and becoming ‘healthier,’ I have grown to dislike and boycott resolutions. However, I do not want to take away the significance that comes with a New Year. A New Year is a time for reflecting on the previous year, and thinking about how you can improve yourself in the coming year. How can you make it better? What more can you do for yourself that will help you in every aspect of your life? SO, instead of setting New Years Resolutions, I look at them as goals. Goals that I can set for myself to achieve in 2017, but that I can continue to work on over the course of my life. Because let’s face it, we are always growing, changing, and improving. The issue with weight loss and diet goals is that they end. Most weight loss diets are not sustainable. Not to mention that the diet industry is something I am totally against anyways. But what I am going to focus on for 2017 are goals that can help me become my best self. I know I am a little late as we approach the end of January already (where is the time going?!) but I wanted to share with you a list of goals that I came up with to work on starting…well, now!
My Goals for 2017:
- I want to really follow my dietary plan set up with my Nutritionist – to a tea! This will be a fine line because I do not want to get to the point where I obsess over it, but I want to be at that healthy place of following the recommendations so that I can maybe start to feel a little bit better! What does my meal plan consist of? SUGAR and SALT. Yes – you heard that correctly. I have to do the complete OPPOSITE of what most people do regarding their diets and what most doctors would absolutely NOT recommend. Which is hard – because as most of you know, I have suffered from an eating disorder for the past 6 years of my life. The reason why I am eating these types of foods is actually not related to my eating disorder at all, rather it is what I need to follow for my genetic metabolic disease, and my Dysautonomia. You see, my body can store glucose, but it cannot access any of the glucose that is stored. So because of this, the foods that I need to eat have to be high in sugar. I need to meet certain amounts of gram of sugar in my meals and snacks, and record these numbers and track how I feel. It is a difficult, tedious process, but it is something I really want to make a habit to carry out every single day. My specialist doctor and my nutritionist told me that this is such an important part of managing my symptoms – so this is what I am going to do. And yes, I get funny looks from the people working the cash registers at grocery stores. But I shrug off the looks and the comments, because I know that my body needs this stuff, as weird as that may sound.
- I want to make it a habit to take all of my medication every day, at the times that I am supposed to. This is something that is SO important, for anyone with chronic physical and/or mental illness, and is something that I honestly struggle with. It is hard to remember to take multiple pills 4 x a day. What I decided I am going to do is utilize the app that I downloaded called Medisafe, where you can create a virtual pill box and receive reminders for when you need to take your medication. I also just bought a new pill box to organize all of my meds. My medicine will help me feel better only if I stick with it. So this is a goal.
- I am going to continue to look for a part time job. I am currently in my Masters program part time, because I would not be able to handle full time in dealing with my health issues too. However, I need to make some income, so looking for a part time job that can cater to my needs (limited standing, walking, etc) is important. I would absolutely love to find a job that is in line with my career path. But since I am still a graduate student, I obviously cannot have my dream job yet – but that is OKAY. It will come in time 🙂
- I definitely want to find a way to get my body moving some. For the past two years I have barely exercised because of the level of difficulty and extra effort it takes. Being sick has made it nearly impossible for me to do all of the fun exercising activities that I used to do. But there has to be something I can do to get my body moving at least a little bit. Power yoga would not be good because I know it would just make me so dizzy, but I am looking into taking a more gentle yoga class. Also, strength building exercised might be helpful. I want to do SOMETHING active for my body, but just like anyone else with a chronic illness, it is about figuring out what I can and can’t do!
- Something that I really want to work on is strengthening my relationships; with my friends, boyfriend, and family members. I really want to make sure that I am making time to see my friends. Sometimes when life gets busy or when I am struggling, my relationships get put on the back burner. However, I want to work on strengthening all of these relationships so that when life DOES get busy or when I AM struggling, I can go to these people and use them as good supports instead of isolating or dealing with the issues all on my own. It is so healthy to have friends! And I don’t want to put my friendships last. Furthermore, I would like to grow in my relationship with my boyfriend, and maintain good connection and communication with family.
- I really would like to grow spiritually starting this year. I want to strengthen my connection and relationship with God and really devote some time to spend with God. I have been slacking on going to Church, and I know that there is so much more to spirituality than attending Church, but it is something that I miss and that I would like to make a weekly regimen.
- Lastly, I want to just take care of me! For most of my life, I put everyone else first and did what I thought would make others happy. I know there are certain responsibilities that I have and duties that I need to follow through with, but I really want to honor myself, my body, and my spirit and do what is good for me, and what will, ultimately, be in my best interest.
So those are my 7 main New Years goals. I hope they can inspire you to come up with your own that you can work on not only for 2017, but for the years to come.