Monday, January 3, 2011

Theme for 2011: Freedom

Freedom from addictions:

  • Farmville - I have enjoyed playing the game and have made some new online friends, but it is time to give it up. It takes up far too much time that could be better spent in more fruitful endeavors. I shut it down yesterday and today I am feeling only slight FV withdrawals. So far it has not been as difficult to stop playing as I thought it would be.

  • Overeating - I'm an emotional eater so I can always find an excuse to eat. I'm also taking medication that makes me want to eat constantly, so I have a double whammy here. I'd like to find a way to redirect the impulse to be eating continuously and to change the types of foods that I eat. I will have to find a way to prepare healthier recipes when I have very little time to cook.

  • Salt - I've been a saltaholic my entire life. My doctor warned me of the dangers of high blood pressure, to which I responded that my reading is always low and I have been over-using salt for years. He glibly responded that I would not be young forever. Right. So I'm going to attempt to be free of my need for everything to taste of salt. I wonder what food will taste like?

Freedom from negative thought patterns:

  • Negativity - This will be the most difficult. I feel that my workplace is somewhat toxic and most certainly dysfunctional. Negativity prevails on a daily basis. Some of the negativity is mine and I despair of changing anything, but I have to try.

  • Positive choices - This one ties in with the need to conquer negativity, only on a more personal level. I need to free myself to make choices that are in my best interest and try to leave the guilt behind. I seem to be a carrier of guilt and I'm not sure why. I want to believe in myself and my decisions even if no one else does.

  • Freedom from fear - Well, not really. Fear is not always a bad thing and I don't expect to ever be free of it. However, there comes a point when fear ceases to protect us and instead simply becomes paralyzing. Self-doubt frequently prevails. I don't want this to be the norm for my life.

I've realized that the only way to change my life is to change myself. Wish me luck!


Nicki said...

Good luck!!!!! I didn't make many resolutions this year. I never fulfill them and then I feel guilty. My first resolution was "no resolutions" and I was fine with that! Then a blogger I follow wanted to resolve to blog daily and I decided to do that along with her. So that is my resolution...although I made that resolution while on break from school! Have a WONDERFUL year!

E. Sheppard said...

Good luck from me too. You have a lot of the same things I would put on my resolutions list. About the salt, I like the natural salt substitute shakers now in the stores. They do help. I also like Herbamare.
Let us know how it goes with the rest too. I used to be on Farmville too, but am taking a break from it too.

Caz said...

I'm reading 'Feel the fear and do it anyway' by Susan Jeffers - for the second time! I highly recommend it!!