Checking In: New Year’s Resolutions

I recently read that 20 percent of New Year’s Resolutions are broken within the first week of January, and 80 percent are broken within a year. We’re almost a quarter of the way into the year, so I figured I ought to do a self-check on the current state of my resolutions.

1. Reduce sugar intake to 20 grams or less per day, which is the daily recommended intake.

Although I am still falling short in this area (sweets are my addiction), I have made tremendous progress, primarily by taking a more whole foods approach to satisfying my sweet tooth. For example, I’ve replaced the refined sugar in most of my baking recipes with dates. For more info on that, including recipe links, see this post on the sugar problem.

2. Run a half-marathon.

I have a training accountability partner, an account on, and a printout on my fridge of Hal Higdon’s training plan. My training is on track and I’m registered for the Flying Pig Half Marathon in Cincinnati in May, so, barring any injuries, hopefully this goal will be checked off my list soon.

3. Set long-term professional and personal goals.

This resolution has been tough for me, but I finally sat down and wrote out a list of goals. Whether or not they are the same goals I’ll have in 3-5 years, I don’t know, but at least I have a direction and ideas now.

I encourage everyone to set their own resolutions; it doesn’t have to be New Year’s. Self-improvement is something we should all strive for, and we all have plenty of room for growth!

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