New Year Resolutions 2023

New Year Resolutions

While I regularly set myself challenges, I wouldn’t normally couch these as resolutions. For a variety of reasons, this New Year seemed like a good time to make a few changes to the way I live day to day. So, here they are, my 2023 New Year Resolutions. I started attending to these when the holiday season ended and the weekly work routine returned, so a few days into January. As the month progresses these are still my aims.

Cut back on my daily wine and crisp habit
I see no reason to do Dry January or turn teetotal but cutting back a bit seemed like a good idea. The plan is not to indulge in an evening tipple (with accompanying salty snack) on a majority of days each week. So far this has been easy enough to accomplish although I find myself wanting to go to bed earlier and then taking ages to fall asleep.

Cut back on watching TV shows that are little more than time fillers
I am rarely impressed by what Netflix and Amazon Prime offer (these are all we subscribe to) but still find myself regularly tuning in as a wind down before bed. Life is too short to waste time in this way. Again, I’m not stopping my viewing entirely but am spending more evenings reading – a more satisfying endeavour but not one that relaxes me as mostly bland TV series do.

Introduce daily stretches to my routine
My weekly exercise routine leave me feeling quite achy on most days as various muscle groups are worked. Although I would have stretched off anyway, what I’m trying to do here is ensure I do at least 20 minutes of yoga type poses to aid body weight strength and flexibility every day. Have no idea if it’s doing me any good but it is an opportunity to focus on how my body feels and gently push what it can do.

Eat more unadulterated foodstuffs
More raw fruit and lightly cooked vegetables, fewer sauces from jars and so on. We all know that manufacturers add salt, sugar and other ingredients to encourage that moreish desire for processed food. It pleases me to think I’m not succumbing to their dastardly plans.

Cut back on carbs
Carbs are not bad – few foods are, intrinsically. However, my digestive system always feels better when not overloaded – probably an age related thing.

Exercise outside every day
If not going for a run or a strength session at the gym, go for a walk. 10,000 steps a day may be an arbitrary measure but getting outside is a proven pick me up, whatever the weather.

Make an effort to contact friends
Since the first lockdown changed the social perspective of so many, I have been negligent in getting together with friends. Some seemed genuinely concerned about being in the vicinity of other people. Others felt it necessary to follow whatever changing rules were suggested without questioning consistency and efficacy. It was easier just to let them do their thing and stay away. This has resulted in me losing touch with people I care about. I have therefore set myself the task of suggesting get togethers. We shall see who remains interested in spending time with me. Thus far I have enjoyed one chatty walk with a local friend I used to walk with weekly – a good catchup I hope we will repeat.

Blogging should be fun, not a chore
I need to remind myself that few will notice if my blog posts aren’t published with the regularity I’ve got used to achieving over the years. There are only so many hours in the day and I have many other things I want to achieve as well – see above.


Lest any of you fear I have set myself up to live a life of asceticism, I am cutting down rather than cutting out. If I end up snacking on cheese and crackers, or pick up a slice or three of pizza, that’s okay. If husband feels sociable I might open a bottle of wine midweek. Nothing is banned. If I feel the need for a rest day I will take one. What I am trying to achieve is a better balance, breaking habits I’ve fallen into for no good reason.

I know a lot of people decry New Year resolutions as setting one’s self up to fail. A few weeks in and these seem to be going well enough to continue trying. We shall see what happens as the year progresses.


My day

I am joining in again this week with the Manic Mondays Blog Hop. 

Perfection Pending

Today was going to be a good day. Determined to restart my attempts at healthier living I made sure that I had a relaxing weekend to prepare. I allowed myself all the little treats that I would no longer be indulging in and left a few jobs undone because, you know, I was going to be busy and active and achieve loads each day. Might as well make sure I have plenty to do on day one, yes?

Despite going to bed a little later than usual I woke up when my husband left for work at 5.30am. He is very good at leaving the house quietly and I often sleep through this, or at least drop back to sleep after he has gone. Not this morning though. Never mind, it gave me time to drink a cup of tea or two and go on line before starting my busy day.

As soon as the kids had left for school I got the dishwasher going and started my first load of laundry. By the time the bedrooms and kitchen were tidied I was ready to sort clothes and set up load two. I was determined to walk down to the gym, but first had to service my little flock of hens. I noted that, despite my elder son’s best efforts yesterday, there were still a lot of leaves to be cleared in the garden.

But I had promised myself that I would get to the gym today and have a swim. I went inside and sat down with a cup of coffee because, you know, I just felt like one. And while I was enjoying that welcome beverage, I had a quick browse on line.

Okay, so now half the morning has gone. I thought that I could fit in a quick swim at least, and then maybe get out into the garden with my rake. Good plan, except that after my swim I realised that I was very hungry. A bit of lunch was needed, nothing too much. And another cup of coffee. And a biscuit.

Now it is nearly time for the kids to get in from school and I seem to be on line again, how did that happen?

But it has been a good day. I validated my NaNoWriMo story and was declared a Winner! I should have loads more time each day now that my writing can take a back seat for a while, although I do seem to be filling that time with reading instead. And going on line.

I will not let the fact that my week has started less well than I envisaged put me off. Perhaps if I go and grab that rake right now I will be able to salvage something of my attempt to turn over a new leaf (apologies for that truly dreadful pun).

I could really use another cup of coffee though.

I hope that your Monday has been more productive than mine.


To read the other posts taking part in this Blog Hop, click on the link below.