Like everyone else, I make resolutions every new year. What kinds of resolutions? Oh, the usual: to lose weight, to be a better person, to read more, to write more, etc.
Like everyone else, I set those resolutions aside well before the middle of the year comes around. Par for the course, right?
Well, not quite this year. This year -- this year! -- I finally managed to make some of those oft-repeated oft-forgotten resolutions stick. A big nyaah-nyaah to all you naysayers out there!
Resolution number one: to lose weight.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still on the chunky side, but not as much as before. Since the start of the year, I've lost almost 10 kg from my weight and 4 inches from my waistline.
Considering that it took me ten months to get to where I am (and how little money it actually cost), it's not a diet and fitness program that's going to make it to the glossy magazines, but hey! I'm proud of this achievement. All it really took was a pair of dumbbells, a yoga mat, and a measure of self-control and self-discipline.
Because the weight loss hasn't been drastic, I'm easing into the new lifestyle. I hope to continue with the program until I hit my ideal weight. Maybe next year.
Resolution number two: to be a better person. In progress.
By most reckoning, this is harder to measure, so my goal was more concrete: I wanted to go back to my practice of the norms of piety.
But you know what? Grace of God, I've made some headway. The retreat at Manresa-by-the-Sea last July precipitated the changes I was looking for. Now, I'm back to praying the Rosary every day, and the practice is a great help in my spiritual life. The few times that I did miss praying it, I felt like something was missing from the day.
That said, mental prayer remains a challenge. It really has to be done at a set time during the day! That's going to be my next goal.
Alas, the resolutions to read more and to write more took a beating because of some bad habits I picked up along the way -- *cough* social networking *cough* -- but after simplifying my life, I should be back on track soon.
I'll admit it took a while to get all this in order, but now that I feel I've made some progress, I'm all the more determined to push on with these life improvements.