Three Months Later—Where I Am With My NY Resolutions

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Time for a quarterly check-in! OK, well, the time was some weeks ago, but it's kind of difficult to think about blogging once you're homeless. ;) This post has been written in several goes, on a plane, on a bus, and in two or three homes. But here it is now! Again, I think it’d be stupid to go on and about the speed of light, and by speed of light I mean ‘wasn’t New Year’s Eve just the other week?!’, so I’ll cut straight to my goals for 2k16 and how I did in this regard. I welcome and encourage you to share your own resolutions and thoughts on how you did in the first three months of the year.

Write. I promised myself to write some fiction this year, with the accent on something I’ve been starting and quitting for more than a year now. Didn’t happen. I don’t have a valid excuse. I need to cut down the things I read. I really do.

Blog regularly. This one I should really concentrate on, but every time I want to, I get slightly distracted by, well, life. Again, I think I pretty much should consume less and create more. The phrase has been worn out over the time, but it does make sense. I spend too much time reading other people’s content. Do I get any value from the lot? Yes, sometimes I do. But it’s not at all proportional to the amount.

Work out. I wrote about my newly discovered passion for the gym here. I couldn’t have possibly had a better coach. I know this is subjective, and I am also very aware I cannot claim something is the best if it’s actually the only thing I’ve tried, but… seriously. You should all just see for yourself. She is THE best. (If you speak Serbian, you might want to check out her blog. I spent some time devouring reading its content before I entered the gym for the first time. Yes, a blog made me do it. Talk about influence.)

So, I’ve been training for a little over two months now and I have zero intention of stopping. At least for now. I love it, and I’m so happy I’ve found a physical activity that doesn’t make me all miserable. Yes, I liked it before when I just got a program and was left all to myself; now I have someone taking care of how much I sleep and if I feel ok overall and isn’t afraid to let me suffer couple of hours a week. Because, yeah, wanting to cry and stop and cursing her while doing an exercise happens every once in a while. Lying on the gym floor catching my breath as well. But it’s working.

As for running, I only ran once. My goal of running Belgrade Half-marathon in April obviously fell apart because I was supposed to start training for it in late December. Snow, ice, cold… nah, I’ll pass. That one run was a good one though, I ran 3 km. I’m trying, however, to net let my coach influence me when it comes to running. She finds it extremely boring and pointless and I, well, I liked it. Like it! It is a bit boring, but I hope it’s not my impression, I think I’ve just been primed. The spring is here, so I think regular running could be awesome.

Read. Well, I’m not sure if I can talk about having read 24 books by the end of the year now, but I think I won’t make it—the reason being me reading Song of Fire and Ice. Seriously, do you know how BIG those books are? As I mentioned once before, I started watching Game of Thrones and then decided to read the books. A friend of mine had actually been urging me to read it ages ago, even before they made the show, but I somehow didn’t do it. If I remember correctly, my main excuse was the lack of time, but if I had just started, I now see I would have found the time. Well, better late than never, right? I am completely head over heels for the TV show and I love the books as well. Season 6 coming soon, excitement!!

Read Lord of the Rings trilogy & watch the movies. Not sure, as I already mentioned how slowly I read GoT books, but let’s wait and see.

Watch 52 movies (at least!). Again, it’s not the end of the year… I cannot talk about a quarter of the number because I’m like “oh it’ll be 52 eventually”. So far I’ve seen 10. Lagging behind, but I’ll get there, I’m sure.

Drink enough water. Oh, yes! One of my tasks from the very start of my gym adventure was to drink at least 1,5 liters of water per day. I was hoping to drink even more, but I think it only happens on a training day. Does hydrating during the training even count? Anyway, sometimes it happens that I don’t accomplish it—for example, today, as I’m typing this on a plane and looking at my glass of water and thinking it’s my second one today, maybe third, but that would be it—but most of the time I’m hydrated. Yay!

Stay away from the phone before & after bedUmmm, not really. I don’t care enough, though I really wish I did. Maybe the second quarter is the time to fix this.

How did you do in the first quarter? I'd love to know! In case you feel you could've done better so there's no point in resurrecting your NY goals now, three months in, check out this article I wrote for Feather Magazine. ;)

Talk to you soon,


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