I resolve not to be a soft-hearted wimp


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By Valentine

It’s that time again when there is a sense of change and purpose in the air. Anything and everything seems possible, after all it is a new year. To many it is a chance to start on a clean slate, building on resolutions.

Caught up in all the ‘hullabaloo’ of resolution making just like everyone else, I recently decided that before I embark on a new list of resolutions, I would go over my last year resolutions and see how well I performed. After searching for about an hour and a half I found my list tattered and buried somewhere in one of my suitcases.

Looking through my list, I was perturbed and disgusted with myself. Had it been an exam I would have failed big time. I had accomplished nothing.

According to my New Year’s resolutions for 2008, I was to have been engaged, climbed Mt Kenya and at least attempted Mt Kilimanjaro, and run the full course of the Standard Chartered Marathon. I was also to have learnt some Chinese culinary skills, released an album, lost 13kg and appeared with a bikini in public.

At first I blamed myself for setting standards of accomplishment that were too high but this was all blown away one day during a shopping spree.

Something compelled me to weigh myself on the many weighing machines littering the streets and the result was so shocking I almost fell off the machine.

I had gained a whopping 17kg in the past year. That was my moment of discovery, what Oprah Winfrey calls an “Aha moment”.

I knew something had to be done. I could not continue living in my own mediocrity. When I got home I immediately sat down and wrote my new year ‘Resolution List’ and promised myself that this time it would be different. I’m determined to make it work for my benefit. Here is my list:

The list

. I will lose 20kg and to do that I will join a gym, engage the services of a nutritionist and change my diet. After losing weight I will parade my body in a bikini at one of the beaches in Mombasa.

. I will get rid of my dream wedding dress, which I bought four years ago just in case I found someone to marry me.

. I must dump my two useless boyfriends, Andrew and John because they are not adding any value to my life.

. I will quit the elusive search for Mr Right, determined not to waste any more time. If Mr Right does not find me on his own then too bad for him because I am quite a catch.

. I will work very hard and get a promotion and if not, I will move on to greener pastures.

. No more sulking about how old I am and not yet married. After all, one is as old as he or she feels.

. I will not only climb mountains but will also go camping.

. I will delete all my ex-boyfriends’ phone numbers; after all they are unnecessary baggage to my new and bright future.

This list is next to my bed and every single day I will go through it for inspiration and focus. Will I succeed? Only time will tell.

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