I don’t really believe in resolutions… I think more often than not, making a resolution is just setting yourself up for failure. That being said, I do have goals that I am working on, and a new year, when everyone is making resolutions for improvement, does seem like a fitting time to post about them.
In no particular order, the things that have been on my mind and/or I have already been working towards are the following:
Get My Weight Back on Track
In 2010/2011, I lost quite a bit of weight. Then I hit a plauteau, got frustrated, and stop working any kind of plan. Slowly but surely, the weight started creeping back on. Compound that with several injuries, and a new job that has kept me from getting much exercise for the second half of last year and I’ve put at least half of the previously shed weight back on.
As some additional motivation to attempting to get back on track, I joined a DietBet game. I was able to buy in for $20, and at the end of the four weeks, anyone who has lost 4% of their starting weight (verified by pictures), gets to split the pot. Right now, the entire pot is nearly $8000. Hopefully it helps… it’s certainly making me think really hard about the ice cream that I’d really like to get when I get off work!
Pay Down Debt
Paying down debt has been a constant for me for several years. I’ve had several setbacks, such as last August’s gall bladder surgery, that have pushed me in the wrong direction. However, thanks to my new job, with a slightly higher salary, I’m finally set to really start pushing forward on this again rather than simply attempting (or failing) to stay above water. I worked some OT over the Christmas holiday (16 hours on Christmas Day), so when that paycheck arrives, it should go a long way towards paying off the next debt in line. My probationary status expires at the beginning of February, and with that will come a bump up to full salary. I’ve been at salary less 15% since I started. I’m looking forward to gaining some traction and getting on a better track, financially.
Make Difficult Roller Derby Decisions
I’m in a tricky spot with this one, where the decision I ought to make isn’t necessarily the one I want to make… Ever since being released from training, I’m on a shift that doesn’t play nice with roller derby practice. I’m not able to be there for at least half of the practices in a month. I can’t devote the time that I need to to play… I’ve been considering switching to Officiating roller derby instead of playing. It’s something that I also could not dedicated quite enough time to, but is a better fit for the time that I have available. It just feels like unfinished business. I wasn’t ready to stop playing. It just seems like it’s the only realistic option I have right now… I’ve just been, so far, unwilling to make it official.
Start Finishing Unfinished Crochet Projects
And on a lighter note… the last goal I’m going to work on will be finishing unfinished crochet projects! I’m working on finishing a couple of baby blankets for pregnant coworkers, but then I want to start clearing out some of the projects in my closet that have been loitering in various stages finishedness… I found photographic evidence in my Flickr account that one such blanket (whose previous intended owner is now 4?) was started in 2007. And an afghan I started for myself in 2008. Yikes. Will 2013 be the year that I finally start clearing out the backlog? (Probably not.)