I read the quote “Good Things Take Time” on my FaceBook feed at the start of this new year, gave it a ‘like’, and promptly shared it on my page. My only wish is that sometimes it might be nice if the good things could take a little less time to come to fruition. But life doesn’t seem to work that way (for me anyway). Everything worth doing or having seems to have an exorbitantly long time frame.
New Year’s resolutions divide the masses – some people love ’em and some people hate ’em. I am firmly in the ‘love ’em’ camp. I love the metaphor of a new year being a new dawn and the chance to ‘get back on track’, ‘set things right’, and live a fulfilled and self-actualised life. And, of course, making progress towards all those ‘good things’.
I read a post by Kate from One Small Life that puts forward the rationale for not making New Year’s resolutions. Kate makes some very valid points, and is content to rest where she is, rather than gazing into the vista of the distant future of hopes and dreams.
Sounds quite nice doesn’t it? But it’s not right for me. I have never met a self-help book I didn’t like and couldn’t learn anything from. I’ve still got my 2015 reference list, and a brand new 2016 Gratitude Diary to boot.
My top resolution for 2016 is to feel comfortable wearing shorts. And, I think if I can achieve this goal, many of the others will fall into place.
When I say ‘shorts’ I don’t mean the gold hot pants made famous by Kylie, not that they don’t look rather fetching. What I want to be able to wear is a pair of Lorna Jane’s in any (or all) of the available colours: green, pink, blue, red, or black. I am even open to patterned or floral shorts. The point of setting goals is to make them realistic and achievable.
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As lovely as Kylie’s hot pants are, they really do look most appropriate for sitting atop a bar, rather than what I actually want to wear shorts for – to exercise in.
Of course I could go out now and buy several pairs now but my physique is not in the shape I’d like it to be and I would feel uncomfortable, which is contrary to the reason I want to wear the shorts – to feel comfortable (and cool). I have lost almost 10 kilos since I began my weight loss campaign in the latter part of 2015 – an arduous and painstakingly slow, but ultimately successful, process.
According to the iconic Karl Lagerfeld, fashion is the healthiest motivation for losing weight for both men and women. He says that it is not a good idea to wait until you are ill or unhappy before going on a diet. For Karl it was Hedi Slimane slim-fit pants, which formed part of the Dior Homme collections in 2000, that were the catalyst for him to lose almost 40 per cent of his then over 100 kilo weight.
According to Karl, it wasn’t about giving into a narcissistic impulse – it was just time for a change. Prior to fitting into Hedi’s slim-fit pants, he favoured the more voluminous looks of Japanese designers.
Photo courtesy Karl Lagerfeld via Photopin and Creative Commons
So I’m taking Karl’s advice and deciding it’s time for a change – and that change for me includes wearing exercise shorts (with the appropriately toned legs). I know it’s not going to be easy or quick (good things take time – as we already know), but it will give me the confidence to know that things can change, if you put in a lot of hard work and are patient!
How about you? Are you setting resolutions for 2016 or are you content to go with the flow?