Wednesday 1 January 2014

Happy New Year!

   It's funny. I just titled a document as '2nd January 2014' and I couldn't help feeling a sense of propulsion while writing '2014'. It's not that it's the next year - that much jumping-into-the-future feeling is to be expected. This was different. Despite despising the number '4' (it's horrible in english shape and it's a foul orange colour), and consequently the number '14' and then the number of '2014', I can't help looking at the new year's numerical state and feeling a sense of excitement and hopefulness. I've never really felt that about a new year. All I would usually think is 'I wonder how long it will take me to stop having to remember to write 2014'.
   Simply put, I feel positive. I never usually make new year's resolutions because I am a big believer that, when it comes to making positive changes in your life, there really is no time like the present. I've said before that the longer you put things off, the higher the pedestal they're on, and when you fall off, and you probably will, there will be a much higher climb to get back onto the horse. "I'll start on Monday!" will put it on a pedestal. "I'll start on the 1st" will put it on a higher one, and "I'll start January 1st" puts it on the biggest because more time will pass. There's just 7 days between Mondays, but there are around 30 days between 1sts, and 12 months between January 1sts, and the more time between your chosen start date and the next 'start date', the more likely you are to fail, and then the more likely you are to not try again. If you start immediately - no "oh I'll finish this box of chocolates tonight and start the diet tomorrow" - then you're the least likely to fail, and if you do 'fail' (though it's important to remember that you can only truly fail if you give up and don't try again), the easier you'll find it to pick yourself up and get back on the horse.
   And despite believing this, I can't help feeling positive about a fresh year and wanting to make a new year's resolution. I did so well losing weight over the past few months. I learned a lot about plateaus, which were always my downfall, and I've mastered a way to defeat them that works for me, and keeps me excited about the weightloss process itself. I have admittedly gained a couple of pounds over Christmas, but given that I've got some kind of grasp, finally, on what works for me in terms of weightloss, I feel like I can knock it back off easily enough. I don't want to set any kind of solid goal, like drop down to a particular weight because I'm not sure I can do it, and neither do I know how I'll react if I fail to do it, but I suppose that's what a goal is, isn't it?

   Do you know, I wanted to make a new years post about the year ahead, not just a post about the year that has passed, but I had no idea what to say. The New Year has never been all that significant to me really, it's just the passage of time, but this year...I don't know, it feels different. I feel positive. I only hope that it isn't misplaced...


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