Now that all the overindulgence of holidays + new year is done with, it’s time to bring out the hoary, old resolutions and try to attempt them this year at least.

Just like every year, my resolutions haven’t changed drastically, and neither did I seriously attempt them beyond a few months. But anyway, according to Susan Miller’s Astrology Zone, the 11th of January is a great time to embark on new year resolutions, and since I take astrological predictions very seriously (yes, I do!!!), here’s a list of things I want to do this year.

  • Get back to pre-baby weight or as close as I can get – I am tired of covering up in my own personal tents – oversized shalwar kameezes. I love figure-hugging jeans and hate how awful they look on me these days :(. Even if I don’t lose too much weight, I really want to take care of my food intake (less junk and more health food), more physical activity, and better grooming. K told me once that I have an all or nothing attitude, and I think that’s true. Definitely, when I am caught by friends in shabby sweatpants in upscale malls, I know it’s time to pay a little more attention to what I wear and how I look.
  • Cook more – It’s not like I am a bad cook or that I don’t cook. It’s just that I am very indifferent to food, and have never seen the point of spending time cooking when the food is all consumed within 10-15 minutes. I’d rather spend time on doing something that lasts a little longer (like say blogging ;)). However, I feel guilty when I see K and the snubnose consuming sub-par stuff just because I don’t pay enough attention to what’s happening in the kitchen. So, this is my new year resolution – to be more aware of what we consume as a family, and try to make more fresh and healthy food.
  • Be more zen about everything – I usually am always pretty cool about things and don’t get flustered. But I felt that last year, I began to feel very negative about a lot of things. I don’t want to be specific on this blog, but nothing went as planned. What was even more frustrating was that I didn’t have any control over the way events played out. I got angry and I snapped and bitched and went over-emotional, and anxious. I really want to control my emotions better this year. I know this is going to be a tough year, and I need to be calm and controlled, and ready to accept that things are going to be tough for some more time to come.

    So, these are my personal goals for 2013. I look at this list, and short though it is, I know I need to change my mind-set entirely to reach these goals. I feel anxious when I even re-read this list. But anxious or not, I know these changes need to come within me. For too long, I have been trying to fight off these changes I need to make in my life.

    What are your goals for 2013? How do you make sure you stay on track? I would love to know.

11 Responses
  • Christine
    January 17, 2013

    Those are some great goals! I find I cook the healthiest and most varied meals when I menu plan a week ahead of time. It only takes maybe 15 minutes to sit down and plan it all out .. then grocery shopping is easier, too, because you’ll get what you need instead of buying stuff and then bringing it home and think, “what should I make with this?” Anyway, good luck with your goals! 🙂

    • Nish
      January 17, 2013

      @Christine: Thanks, that’s a good idea. I cook mainly Indian food and we require a lot of ingredients and spices, so menu planning is a must. I do it mentally at the supermarket but I invariably forget one item or the other, and then end up substituting.

      • Christine
        January 30, 2013

        I cook Indian food once in a while (It’s one of my favorite cuisines!) at home and it definitely requires serious kitchen organization skills! ; )

        • Nish
          January 31, 2013

          @Christine: Yes, Indian food really requires some planning and a lot of ingredients. I would imagine it’s pretty inconvenient if you don’t cook Indian regularly.

  • Jenny
    January 12, 2013

    Good luck with the cooking! I’m a reluctant and mediocre cook so I have a lot of sympathy for not wanting to do any cooking ever. I will say that my most successful New Year’s Resolutions are the ones that have manageable, measurable goals. I.e., instead of “I will do X more,” I try to make it something like “I will do X once/twice a month/week.” The trick for me has been to do something enough to make it normal and habitual, which doesn’t necessarily mean every every every day.

    • Nish
      January 15, 2013

      @Jenny: Being specific with the resolution is a good idea. I usually do this in my head without putting it down to paper, and maybe that’s not such a good thing.

      I need to think about how many times I can actually cook a full meal in a week…I tend to cook in batches and keep for 2 days or so, but I am realizing it doesn’t work for us. The food becomes boring. I need to cook smaller quantities more often but keep it simple, nutritious, and fun for everyone. It’s a pretty hard ask.

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    January 10, 2013

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  • Elizabeth
    January 9, 2013

    Wow!!! There is a lot of intense emotional feelings hidden in this post… 😛

    And here is my best wishes for your resolutions..I think many people will have the same resolution…I differ only in the part about losing weight…I will have to make it as “gain some weight” because I ended up in my pre-pregnancy weight 6 months after the baby.( Jealous ???).. but it makes me hopelessly underweight.

    I would like to be more organized, but I think I will have to ditch that resolution because I have become like a sleep deprived zombie these days…

    • Nish
      January 9, 2013

      @Elizabeth: You are right, I am jealous. I was a bit underweight before baby, but I prefer that state to my slightly overweight state. It’s only a question of 5 kilos, but still I want to lose them badly.

  • Avada Kedavra
    January 9, 2013

    Even my resolution is to cook more 🙁 I don’t like cooking and wasting time in the kitchen.

  • manjulikapramod
    January 8, 2013

    Liked ur personal goals and best of luck for them..
    I have plans too… foremost is to ‘write a page everyday… even if the day is damn busy’

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