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New Year’s Resolution

1 Jan

As I am still very much trying to tick off all of the items on my #40Before40 list, I don’t think that I have any need to have very serious New Year’s Resolution because quite a lot of the items on the list will keep me going for the next four New Years.

I have, however, decided to make a conscious effort to get more sleep. I wrote an article about this towards the end of last year, especially how modern technology is having an adverse effect on my sleeping habits.

There is also research to suggest that lack of sleep can make you put on weight because when you feel tired, your body thinks that this is because you have a lack of sugar in your system and so you crave food. This can lead to overeating and weight gain. I thought at first that this was just a rumour with no truth to it. But I have found myself on a few occasions wondering why I feel so hungry. I then realise that this is purely due to the fact that I am tired rather than hungry.

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So, to help reduce my weight and to tell me get more rest at time, I will be trying to get to bed before 10pm, without laptop, phone or other electronic sleep-stealing device at least 3 nights during the week. This should mean that I get at least 8 hours sleep for 3 nights in the week, which would be a big step forward.

Over the past few months, I think that I have had as little as 5.5 hours per night on some weeks. I know that if I get into a good routine at the start of the year that I will be on track to carry it on in the following months. In no time, I should be getting my 40 winks.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions this year? Are you also resolving to get more sleep? Quit smoking? Get fit? Or do you have something more interesting that you are going to try to achieve in 2018?

A Time to Reflect

1 Jan

People always reflect on their lives at this time of year and look forward to the oncoming new year and the possibilities that may lie ahead.

Collectively, people say that 2016 was a bad year. Of course, there were horrible things happening all throughout the year from celebrities dropping left, right and centre and horrendous terrorist attacks. For me personally, my year was ok.

I say ok because nothing completely out of the ordinary and utterly amazing happened (like a lottery win*) but it wasn’t a disaster either. I moved apartments, I travelled to some fantastic places and ticked some more things off my bucket list but 2016 was business as usual.

For me, I hope that 2017 brings more of the same. Of course, there are things that I want to do and achieve during the new year but it is impossible to tell what life would will throw at you. This year could be exactly the same as last year: not so much stress, no disasters, just trundling along. However, I know from experience that life doesn’t always end up how you plan it to. I don’t want to ride my luck too much.

A friend of mine creates a MindMap of a One Year Plan every year which documents what he will do in all sorts of areas of his life from professional, to holidays, to charity donations and things that need to be done around the house. The idea is that you periodically review what you have done so far and then at the end of the year you should have ticked everything off.

I thought it was a good idea and tried it out one year. It turns out it wasn’t for me. I didn’t get to finish all of the documenting of what I wanted to do. I completely forgot about it and discovered it a few years later when I was preparing to move to Switzerland. And, before you ask, no, moving to Switzerland was not on the One Year Plan.

Next year I hope to improve some things that are on most people’s list: lose weight, eat healthier, read more. I already have some holidays planned and some more bucket list items are all ready to be ticked off. But more importantly, I hope for nothing more than health and happiness for me and my family and for the whole world to live in harmony and people. That’s not too much to ask for, is it?new-1872736__340

*The lottery win would be even more remarkable because I can’t remember the last time I bought a ticket. “You’ve got to be in it to win it!”