Changing Habits and New Year’s Resolutions and Such

I’ve vowed to start eating healthier, and that includes cutting back on my Diet Coke intake. A friend suggested I try flavored waters, and I was delighted to find cherry limeade flavored water at the local Neighborhood Market. Problem was, once I switched addictions from Diet Coke to cherry limeade flavored water, I discovered the my new favorite contained aspartame. So I’m back at square one, with a refrigerator full of both soft drinks. Okay, I’ve cut down on the Diet Coke and at work I drink lots of water. But at home I’m not sure I’m much better off.

Changing habits is never easy. I hear that sitting is the new smoking and I just don’t know how to keep from sitting as much as I do at home. I’m trying to cut down on screen time as well, but I’m having a hard time coming up with alternatives. Yes, I can read, and I do that, but one of my alternatives to watching TV is to write and that puts me plunk in front of my computer screen. Yes, I could get out and walk, and I do that, but that doesn’t take up as much of my time as I’d like. So I end up watching a lot of TV, reading and writing, all of which have me sitting.

I’m fortunate in one sense that my current job has me on my feet a lot, moving around quite a bit, so I keep myself “active” in that way. It’s not the same as aerobic exercise but it’s certainly better than sitting at a desk all day. I do sit for a couple of hours a day, but the rest is up on my feet.

I say it again: changing habits is never easy. At least, changing some habits isn’t easy.

I’m lucky that I’m relatively healthy. Sure, I could lose ten pounds (and there we go with that changing habits thing again), but a recent physical and the resulting blood work showed some positive results, better than I expected.

But I need to change some habits, so this year, for the first time in decades, I’m making some New Year’s resolutions. I’m going to exercise more, drink more plain water and eat healthier. I have a plan for each and I’ve already started to implement these plans (why wait?).

My cats have agreed to hold me accountable. Okay, I’ve developed some other accountability systems, hopefully better equipped to help me than my cats.

So here I go…


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how to effectively waste your time, part two

Too much time on your hands? Here are some suggestions for wasting it:

Tell a five-year-old what not to say at the family Christmas gathering.

My Daddy thinks...Well, it’s a fine passive-aggressive way to get your point across, or an option for some mean-spirited fun.

58-413-tissue_xl lrDebate “over-the-top” or “under-the-bottom” with regard to toilet paper.

If you must, be sure to quote reputable sources, even if you have to make them up.

 cola bottleLearn how to make your own cola.

I have never, ever heard anybody say homemade is better than the real thing. And I did my research (speaking of a waste of time).

Sewing Machine smMake a dress (or shirt) that’s a size too small as incentive to lose weight.

Not fair buying it. This is how to waste your time, not how to waste your  money.

Binge-watch “Family Feud.”

screen-371643_1280You cannot possibly justify this one.

And last but not least…
Make New Year’s Resolutions.

If I need to explain, congratulations.

Clock Almost Midnight Time

Image Credits: (cola bottle, sewing machine, tv set) © GraphicStock. (toilet paper) © owattaphotos — Fotolia; (clock) © niroworld – Fotolia