One of the best things about having made an effort to lose weight is that I can immediately disregard 'lose weight' for potential inclusion on my list of New Years resolutions. I'm doing it already. It would be meaningless if I were to include it. After all, resolutions are made to be broken. Aren't they? (I can hear a certain number of voices in my head saying that this is an idiotic thing to say, but I quash these voices with my customary ruthlessness)
'Get fitter'. Also, not about to make the short list because this too is already a work in progress. After all, this time last year I was not able to run/jog (depending a little on your exact definition of these terms) 5km in 35 minutes and I intend to go faster or longer. So, again, I don't see any benefit to myself in formally codifying this proposal by writing it down in the official list of New Years Resolutions.
Astonishingly, having just googled it, there doesn't appear to be an official place for recording New Years Resolutions. This seems like an incredible oversight and having discovered it am now unsurprised that so many people don't keep to them. It is true that I only searched for about two minutes and became so depressed by the torrent of negativity, along the lines of 'Why New Years Resolutions Don't Work', that I gave up. Actually the thing that made me give up more than anything was a blog by Richard Branson explaining how I should go about setting achievable goals and blah blah management speak blah with a picture of him looking all Elizabethan, using an actual pen to write his resolutions...
...rather than the ipad he claimed he uses. It just made me feel more depressed than my current, persistent cold is already making me. And having just gone and checked my facts, I am further depressed by the knowledge that I misjudged RB as he writes 'Ipad or notepad' so he probably does still use pen and ink.
Especially when he's writing massive cheques to fund his space flight. Or his Dr Who cosplay antics. You don't get a Sylvester McCoy lookalike as good as this for peanuts.
So, what other resolutions could I use? I don't smoke, don't drink very much (to the extent that giving up would be either incredibly hard or incredibly easy, so either way seems not worth the effort) but there is one thing I do very well.
This year I shall give up on thinking less of myself than other people think of me. I don't know how, and I don't know what, when, who or why, and I don't know how I shall measure my success in this. Though I am pretty sure it is a resolution I can fail at with fairly minimal effort.
Happy New Year, everybods.