Review of 2020 New Years Resolutions

I like setting New Years Resolutions. I don’t necessarily hold myself strictly to them, but they give me an idea of what I would like to achieve for the year ahead. Before I set this year’s goals, I’d like to address how I did in 2020.

1. Read 45 books (I normally aim for 50, but have fallen short in the last few years, so decided to go for a slightly more reasonable one this year!)
I have achieved this! I have actually read 49 books as of 26.12.20 (partially because I got back into audiobooks while knitting) and I am so pleased with how I’ve done.

2. Meditate for 5 mins 5 times a week (I’ve tried meditation in the past and found it useful, but never managed to do it consistently)
I’ve been pretty consistent with this. I use guided meditations on Insight Timer and consistently meditate for 7-15 mins about 6 days a week.

3. Do Couch to 5K from February (I’ll be starting with three 30 minute walks per week in January and moving on from there!)
I gave up on this. 1) I hate running and 2) after listening to this episode of the Gut Loving Podcast, I discovered that running isn’t actually that great for people with IBS symptoms. Instead, I am trying to walk 14km a week over 5 sessions. I’ve had medium success with this – it’s a lot harder now it’s cold and dark!

5. Master IBS (routine, diet, exercise, medication) (This is something I want to document. I had a tough time at the end of last year with my IBS and want to get to the bottom of it)
This is a work in progress. I’ve talked a bit about this on my instagram, but because of covid, a lot of the tests and appointments I was due to have didn’t happen. I also attempted a gastroscopy, but couldn’t tolerate the tube. In the new year, I have an appointment with a consultant, so I’m hoping to change up my meds and get some more tests booked. I’ve also been working on the anxiety that has arisen thanks to my IBS symptoms with a counsellor and am hoping to have more sessions in the new year.

6. Finish crochet blanket (I started a crochet blanket two years ago for my and my husband’s double bed and it’s still not finished).
I haven’t done this. Instead, I did some other crochet projects and taught myself to knit as well. I hope to finish the blanket next year!

7. Make better snack choices (fruit, seeds, dried fruit, hummus, olives) (I generally just want to eat a bit healthier. I don’t want to cut things out completely, just make wiser choices).
My success with this has been mixed. I did the low fodmap diet (again) in 2020 and therefore my diet was very restricted and I didn’t eat that well. Pre Christmas, I was making good choices with food, but that has rather gone to pot over the festive season! I’m hoping to get back to it in the new year.

8. Get my guinea pigs out 5 times a week (I have four sweet little piggies and want to give them the best life!)
I have been very successful with this! I have a good routine sorted and the girls get run around time practically every day, either on the lawn if it’s warm and dry, or in an indoor pen.

9. Get new GP hutch and two new piggies – DONE (I actually completed this at the end of 2019! I think we still want a little boy for our herd)
We already completed this in 2019 and have since decided that four pigs is enough for us!

10. Spend more time on hobbies (theatre, choir, crochet, piano, drawing, reading etc.) – 1 hour a week
Again, this has been mixed. Before COVID hit, my anxiety/IBS was making social hobbies like theatre and a choir more difficult. Then we went into lockdown and now those things are impossible. However, I have read more books this year and spent more time on crochet and taught myself to knit too. I hope to continue these hobbies into the new year and build up to going to the theatre, joining a choir and a yoga class!

11. Create personal blog and write 12 blogposts – 1 per month (That’s where this tumblr page comes in! Hold me accountable!)
Haha, this definitely failed. I will be trying to post more regularly in the new year.

How did you do with your resolutions this year?

Published by verityroat

Verity Roat BA CANTAB MA TRANSLATION CIOL Career Associate is a UK-based Arabic and French > English translator, Copy-writer, Copy-editor, Transcriber, Role-player & Tutor.

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