Setting New Year’s Resolutions & Recapping 2017

New Year’s Resolutions

I’m excited to make new resolutions for 2018. 2017 was a fun year and I  successfully completed a few resolutions I set with my beautiful fiancée Emma.

Last year around this time Emma and I sat down to construct our New Year’s Resolutions together. I had never made a New Year’s Resolution before so it was new to me. I was very skeptical of doing it because I had seen so many people set resolutions and fail. Nevertheless, we made some. To be exact, we made 17 of them.

We got that number from the year 2017. I now realize that was a bit ridiculous. It was very tough to keep up with them. Some were daily tasks such as putting on lotion and flossing. We had tasks that we wanted to complete weekly such as doing cardio twice a week. We also had monthly tasks to do. Below are some of our 2017 resolutions.

-Put lotion on every day
-Floss everyday
-Take the stairs anytime you are going up less than four floors
-No buying fast food
-Read two books
-Use only natural deodorant

Before starting the New Year, we made a chart that would document each completed resolution. We thought that having a weekly and monthly tracker that we had to fill out would keep us motivated. This was not accurate. Instead, we did very well for the first three or four months and then we slowly stopped tracking everything. The only resolutions we completed were no buying fast food, read two books, use only natural deodorant and taking the stairs.

The hardest of these was not buying fast food. We drive a lot and take trips as much as possible. On these trips, it’s terribly hard not to buy fast food. It would be so convenient. We held our course though and we didn’t buy any. Instead, we would pack our lunches or stop at a grocery store and get a healthy snack. We did have fast food a couple of times throughout the year when someone else would buy it for us. Every time we ate fast food we got stomach aches. I miss the convenience, but I do not miss the quality of the food.

Taking the stairs has been very awkward at work. For the first four months, every time I walked somewhere with a coworker I had to explain to them that I had to take the stairs. Sometimes they would take them with me, sometimes they would just meet me at the bottom. It was a great way to get a little activity in during my normal boring work day.

Using natural deodorant was pretty easy. Finding one that I liked was difficult. Over 12 months I still haven’t found one that I am 100% pleased with. I have very sensitive armpits, so the normal deodorant like old spice doesn’t work for me. My armpits actually started peeling and got very raw using old spice in 2016. I tried the roll on Crystal deodorant and it worked pretty well. It didn’t stop me from sweating at all, but it did help me not smell as bad. My favorite is Toms. Toms does the job well enough for me to use on a daily basis. Sadly, it still isn’t all that I’m looking for in a deodorant.

This year Emma and I will sit down and only make five New Year’s Resolutions. We will be sharing what these are at the beginning of the year. I like to believe that with only five, there’s no way we can’t complete them. We are excited to share them and hold each other accountable for them.

Do you set New Year’s Resolutions? Have you been doing well at keeping them throughout the entire year? What will be your 2018 resolutions?

 

Recapping 2017

2017 was an amazing year for me. I got engaged, my nieces visited for the Summer, and I submitted my request to become a Marine Corps Officer.

Getting engaged was obviously the most important life event. I am set to marry my best friend in 2018! I’m so excited to spend my life with her. I proposed in her favorite city, New York City. Our nieces were with us for the Summer and they really wanted to go to New York. I took this as my opportunity to involve them in the most important decision I’ve made to date. They loved it!

This year I also submitted a request to become a Marine Corps Officer. I’m applying to a program that would allow me to go to school using my GI Bill and remain on active duty. If I’m accepted in March 2018, I will go to Officer Candidate School and then college. Once I graduate college I’ll commission as a Marine Officer. I really hope I get accepted!

Overall, I had an excellent year.  I’m excited to see what 2018 brings.  How was your 2017?



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