Resolving My Resolutions

I am firmly resolved not to make any New Year's Resolutions this year.

Cover of The Calorie MythActually, I make the same statement at around this time of year every year without fail and invariably New Year's Eve finds me trying to think of something that isn't too ambitious so that I will not let myself down.

If these resolutions involve depriving myself of food or ramping up the 'I don't do any' exercise regime, they are quickly kicked into the 'totally undo-able' bin. I have tried to commit to healthier eating and gentle, diligent exercise, but by about Day 5 I'm bored, bored, bored and bored with the whole idea. I need instant results with none of the hard labour!

Cover of The 100To help me feel better I thought I would see whether anyone else had the same failure rate as me. Cover of A Year of Doing GoodUnfortunately, typing in 'New Year's Resolutions' in the library catalogue came up with Judith O'Reilly's A Year of Doing Good. The author 'embarked on a mission to do one good deed every day. Some called it a social experiment. At times she called it madness.' My opinion is firmly anchored in the latter camp. Still, it did give me an idea... I am not making a Resolution, but I will try to read this book at some point during the year.

What 'tried and tested' Resolutions have proved successful for you?

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