Disclaimer – The following post is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or sickness. Please use caution if any parts apply to your specific situation and contact a health care professional for further advice.
2019 is here and we are one year away from the roaring 20’s! I also discovered that 2019 is the “Year of the Pig” per the Chinese calendar (starting Feb 5th, 2019). And if that doesn’t just set you up for a great year then I don’t know what will. Pigs are the symbol of wealth and who couldn’t use a few extra dollars in their piggy bank. That being said, the following post will have little to nothing to do with pigs. (only one part this week)
New Year New Me
The start of the year is the famous time when we tell ourselves we are going to start making better and healthier choices. Unfortunately, my birthday is in January so I end up waiting till the 2nd week of the month to start my resolutions. You can probably read up all you want on some good ideas to kickstart those resolutions this year, but this is not going to be one of them. In fact, the goal of this post is to make ya’ll feel uncomfortable and maybe even a little feisty. I give you the 2019 DudeWithPots Realist’s Guide to New Year’s Resolutions.
Pro Tip – You aren’t going to lose 50 lbs in January. Or February. You will eat every little sausage in the crockpot at your Super Bowl party. Set you weight loss goals to be realistic. If you want that beach bod from the magazine, you will need to do the beach bod fitness program which involves quitting your job, becoming a celebrity, and hiring Jillian Michaels. *Some of you are physical specimens and if you have this body already I would recommend an Oreo*. A better goal is a % loss in body weight. 5-10% seems like a good place to start.
Pro Tip – Don’t just make it about you. For those of you with chronic illnesses, some of the best therapy out there is called friendship. I know you are hurting. I know life doesn’t seem fair. I have been there. But even your best friends won’t (and can’t) understand exactly what you are going through. You HAVE TO do whatever you can to contribute to those relationships. Even if a simple text is all you can muster up, show your illness doesn’t define who you are. And if you are healthy as can be, give some of your time away. Volunteer. Not all giving as to be financial.
Pro Tip – Saving money is hard. Wanna save $20,000,000 in 2019? If you can even save 1% of that this year, you probably are not reading this blog. Saving money is not easy, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE MUCH OF IT TO BEGIN WITH. Your medical deductible just started over. Christmas may have put you in some serious debt. The Government shutdown may or may not be costing you lost hours. If you are suffering from a severe condition, you might not be employed and are just struggling to pay the doctors. Life is set up to make sure the majority of us never have that mansion we always dreamed of. Make your savings goals realistic. Try just not spending as much on coffee and fast food 😊 and remember we won’t take any of this money with us to the next life.
Pro Tip – There is no time like the present. Saving up for that family vacation? Don’t worry, your pet will eat a small rock and need surgery costing you thousands. Gonna start going to church after you do a little research so that you know what the pastors are talking about? You probably won’t even open up a Bible more than twice haha. *GREAT if you do though!*. Want to start hitting the gym up right after your knee starts feeling a little better? THIS JUST IN, your back will act up as soon as you are pain free. Always a good idea to be responsible with your finances and your health, but don’t be afraid to jump into a new goal head first this year. Tomorrow isn’t a good time. NOW is a good time.
Pro Tip – Life isn’t going to get any less busy. I remember in college I never had much time for video games (surprisingly). Between my math classes, work, studying, intramural sports, and socializing (ha ha more than my fair share of socializing), I just never had the time. I always told myself that as soon as I graduated and didn’t have to do homework at nights, I would pick up my career in NBA 2K again. Well here I am 5 years later and I still don’t even touch my PS4 controller most weeks. Life is never going to slow down. Get used to it and schedule your days a little better. PLAY YOUR DAMN VIDEO GAMES 😊 and Rachel if you are reading this, make time to start playing the piano again!
With these pro tips, you should have one heck of a Year of the Pig.
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Jarod Gunning – Dude with POTS