Goals, Plans, & the Dreaded New Year's Resolutions





I’d love to say I am not participating in the whole cliché of New Year’s Resolutions, but that’d be a lie, (and Mama taught me not to tell whoppers). Thinking about what I want to achieve in the new year led me to wonder just why this is a tradition, and me, being me, I went looking for answers.


Did you know that the practice of making resolutions is not new? Or that the ancient Babylonians are credited with getting this ball rolling? Yep, they had a 12-Day celebration at the start of their year and during that time they would plant crops, crown a new king (or re-pledge loyalty to the current monarch), and they’d make promises to their gods, mainly that they’d repay debts and returned borrowed items.


The Romans continued the idea. When Julius Caesar made the new calendar, he declared January 1st as the start of the new year and that date honored the god Janus. Janus was a two-faced god that the Romans believed looked back at the previous year as well as forward to what would come. Romans offered sacrifices to Janus along with promises to be good in the coming year.


Knights during the Middle Ages also made resolutions and by the 1800s, the tradition of making and breaking New Year’s Resolutions was so common people joked about it.

And that is what happens when I fall down a rabbit hole! In 2022 I am focusing on my business goals as the first priority, followed by gardening goals/plans, and of course the seemingly standard Weight Loss Goals.


In past years, I have mainly made weight loss goals (and they always fail, or I wouldn’t need to keep making them!). I used to make a resolution to lose weight and I never really succeeded; a few pounds here or there but nothing significant.


In 2022, I am continuing something I started after recovering from Covid back in August: I am committed to getting fit. The focus isn’t on pounds lost but on health gained, and I am offering to share that journey with all of you that find yourself with the same desires.

The journey I am on looks something like this: find and cook healthy meals and walk 1-3 miles at least 4 times a week.


That’s it, I’m not counting calories or squats. Just committing to exercise and eat right, then check my health at the end of the 1st quarter (March 31st)

If you’d like to start on a similar journey and are interested in forming some kind of accountability group email me or hit me up on Facebook/Instagram.

It might be a private facebook group or email list, maybe a chat on zoom or clubhouse. I don’t know, we can hammer out details if there is interest.

So, what are your New Year’s Resolutions?






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