Pass or Fail? New Year’s Resolutions Reviewed


Pass or Fail? New Year’s Resolutions Reviewed



Did you stick to any of your resolutions from last year? Vanessa Beddoe-Sandstrom tries to remember what hers were and comes up with a new, more achievable set for 2013. 

 
1. “I will not eat anything with white flour or processed sugar” 
 
Grade: D  
 
Well the size of my jeans tells me I didn’t stick to my no white flour/no white sugar resolution. Admittedly it was meant to kick in after I gave birth to my daughter in February, but if I’m completely honest then I must admit that instead of cutting out these foodstuffs I actually ramped up my daily intake instead. I know I should be less diet focused and say something like ‘My New Year’s Resolution is to give myself a break and stop worrying about my weight’ but I just don’t think I can. Instead, I’ll allow myself the odd custard square.
 
Revised resolution for 2013: “I will not purchase sweet baked goods on week days and not have so many sandwiches for lunch”
 
 
2. “I will be less shouty in the mornings by being more organized the night before”
 
Grade: B- 
 
While there is still plenty of room for improvement, mornings definitely became less shouty after I convinced my husband to sort the kids’ clothes out the night before and make my eldest’s school lunch. I still need to be more organized so I can stop screeching ‘PUT YOUR SHOES ON’ at least 30 times each morning.
 
Revised resolution for 2013: “I will have a simple routine written up on the chalkboard that I stick to and the kids understand”
 
 
2012 Resolution “I will become more active in school matters and volunteer my services for fundraising events”
 
D
 
I did not become more active or involved in school matters. Apart from meeting up with other mums more frequently for coffee after the school drop-off, but I don’t think that counts. I hate having to hang my head in shame at parent interviews, so next year it’s going to be different.
 
Revised resolution for 2013: “I will volunteer for at least ONE school event each term”
 
 
2012 Resolution “I will reduce the amount of sugar my children consume”
 
Grade: C
 
Definitely could be better. While the kids eat a varied diet with lots of fruit and veggies and limited processed food, their sugar intake has gotten away on me again. This is a hard one to stick to because there are always birthday parties and treats and seriously, how else can I bribe them to behave when we’re out shopping?
 
Revised resolution for 2013 “I will stop bribing my children with fluffies and pack carrot sticks, fruit and crackers for outings”
 
 
2012 Resolution “I will place a complete ban on eating snacks in the lounge”
 
Grade: D
 
A quick lift of one of the sofa cushions makes my failure plain to see. Crumbs, a grape (ooh! A hair tie) and what appears to be a blackened bit of banana skin. If I press my nose up to the prime spot in front of the TV I can catch the odd whiff of spilt milk. I’m not proud to say that I once found a mummified skink under a sofa cushion, but this is not related to my food resolution and probably means I should add one about cleaning under sofas more frequently. 
 
Revised resolution for 2013: “I will not allow children to consume drinks in the lounge and will vacuum under the cushions weekly”
 
Have you thought about your resolutions for 2013? Did you manage to achieve any from last year? Tell us in the comments below.
 

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