When I was a kid, I’d make a list of all the things that I want, need, and the changes that I have to do for the new year. But just halfway through the year, I throw the list away because I can’t even seem to do half of what I wrote.
It’s frustrating to actually have something so concrete in your thoughts but ending up as a failure when you put it into actions. Not sounding pessimistic here, but as I grew older, I realized that it’s better to set your expectations realistically than to wish for something grand and end up with nothing.
So, as the new year approaches, instead of making a list of new resolutions, I listed all the things that I’ve accomplished and achieved in the past year. I was happy to know that most of what I’ve prayed for came true, and more. Of course there were disappointments, but still, what mattered to me was that 2012 was my best year.
One of the many things that I found fascinating too was that I’ve discovered some good eats throughout my 2012 journey. How could I forget food, right? I love my cheese, but I’m very picky with what cheese I eat because aside from being lactose intolerant, my body is just weird that way.
But since it’s the Christmas season, our house is full of queso de bola. This I munch on like regular chips. So, a friend suggested that I should try Queso De Bola Cheesecake. Queso de bola and cheesecake are two of my favorites in this lifetime, so I said, “send me one!” Lo and behold, that cheesecake was to die for! I heard that there’s this good pastry girl who’s known for her queso de bola cheesecake, hopefully soon I’ll be able to taste her version.
Another new found thing for me is my tolerance for chicken. I like chicken, but to eat it every day is not really what I call healthy eating. But for the past holiday season, I’ve been craving for it almost every day. Good thing my office is located near a food center. Even the crew knew me already as “Miss Combo Meal with Extra Gravy.”
Now that it’s the New Year and up next is summer, I vow to lose all the unwanted weight I gained during the past two weeks. Imagine that! I’ve only been indulging myself for 15 days and yet I have to work doubly hard on the treadmill.
It’s not about looking good, or feeling guilty about what you ate. Going to the gym is one way of keeping you healthy. I don’t go to the gym because I want to look beautiful or be thin; that was never my motivation. I run on the treadmill because with my type of work (i.e. mostly sedentary), I need a form of exercise. I need to sweat once in awhile so that I can have a well-balanced life.
So, who needs any more New Year’s resolutions?
This post was written by Rita Salonga.