I couldn't very well ask someone to watch my kids while I ran. Everyone I would have asked yesterday I am sure didn't want their kids to get sick either. Boo. So I ran circles around the outside of the house, the driveway and to the corrals and back. I ran 4 miles the first and second time I went out and 2 miles the third time for a total of ten miles.
Boring! I guess I could have used my ipod and listened to a podcast or something but I have kind of been enjoying being alone with my thoughts lately and haven't taken my ipod on the last couple of runs I have been on. I used to HATE running without music, now I am finding I like it.
It is getting to be that time of year, no I am not talking about Christmas, but what happens right after. People start thinking about the coming year, the things they want to accomplish, want to change, do better, not do, etc. Yep, I am talking about New Years resolutions.
40 to 45% of American adults make one or more resolutions each year.
Among the top new years resolutions are resolutions about weight loss, exercise, and stopping to smoke. Also popular are resolutions dealing with better money management / debt reduction.
The following shows how many of these resolutions are maintained as time goes on:
- past the first week: 75%
- past 2 weeks: 71%
- after one month: 64%
- after 6 months: 46%
While a lot of people who make new years resolutions do break them, research shows that making resolutions is useful. People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions: source
There are a whole lot more crazy stats on this website if you are interested in reading more about it. Basically what Steve Shapiro surmised was that people who set resolutions and attained them were no happier than people who did not attain or did not set resolutions on place at all.
Interesting. I think so anyway.
So this leads me to wonder if I should even make New Year's Resolutions I am still going to feel the same way at the end of the year.
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I have been thinking a lot about New Year's Resolutions lately and what I want to accomplish next year. I haven't decided if I will have resolutions for next year or not. I think the last time I really wrote them down was in 1998. I know because I still have the piece of paper they are wrote on. (I attained 80% of them by the way). I would rather just have goals in general like I always do.
Here are some great tips for setting New Years Resolutions you can hopefully stick to that I found on various websites, just by Googling it
1. Set achievable goals.
2. Create a plan.
3. Don't make absolutes.
4. Write it down.
5. Allow for flexibility