Resolution Freak

Today on Alphabet City: Jon Paul lays down some challenges for the next year.

There’s no doubt about it.  I’m a freak about resolutions.  Not that I hate them, mind you.  I adore them.  Some people say it’s one of my annoying Capricorn tendencies—but it’s something I can’t help.  I love making lists, and setting goals.  Because my birthday comes the day after the New Year, I get doubly obsessed this time of year with assessing my life and setting priorities.

My resolutions are always a mix of the traditional (lose weight, pay off debt) and the easily achievable (wear purple, learn to tie a bow-tie).  I think it’s important to quickly check a few things off the list in order to keep the momentum going.  To that end, I’m also a big believer in sharing your list with others so they can help monitor your progress.  One year, Angela was particularly annoyed with one of my resolutions that I had posted on our refrigerator.

“Eat more sushi?” she asked incredulously.

“Perfectly reasonable,” I said.

“But for as long as we’ve been friends, you refuse to eat any sushi. “

“That’s what makes it a great resolution. I can taste one piece off your plate and check it off my list!”

JPB 2010's Resolutions scrawled in a crazy way

Like I said, the easily achievable stuff is important—it’s what gives you motivation to take on the harder stuff.

This year, I’ve decided to treat this blog as one big e-refrigerator—posting up my resolutions for all to see.  That way, you can help out (read close—there’s one that requires your participation) and you can also keep me honest.  I also post them in a fun way in front of my computer—this year using a page from a fun NYC-entric book my friend Shannon gave me.

And I’ll update you on my progress along the way—just a couple of weeks down, and I’m rocking!  Spoken like a true, competitive Capricorn.

JPB 2010 Resolutions

ALPHABET CITY—#1) publish and sell 300 copies.  I have no idea if this number is too small, but hey, probably achievable—with your help.  Progress Report: waiting for final text layout, and hope to start selling it sometime in February!  #2) adapt into a performance piece—that’s right—Alphabet City: The Musical (or maybe Cabaret Show) – I’ve always wanted to do it and do something different…time to make it happen!

Freelance Writing—score 4 assignments this year. Given the state of publishing, this one’s pretty tough.  Progress Report: I’ve got a gig with Bon Appetit—thanks Dana!  3 more to go!

Blog Rhythm—trying to post every day for the past 3 months definitely worked out my writing muscle, but was also kind of kicking my butt.  Columnists like Paul Krugman and Gail Collins (wow, look at the company I’m tossing my name around with) don’t publish every day.  So I’m going to try for 3 days per week.  Let’s see how that goes.

Espanol—every year I say I’ve got to ramp up my Spanish, and at the end of every year Chef looks at me disappointed.  So new strategy—I’ve bought Rosetta Stone and am already into Lesson 4: que es esto? Es un perro—I get the giggles when they show the picture of the perro/dog—it’s a pug dressed in a sweat shirt!

Weight—I know, I know.  It’s so cliché.  But it’s so, so important!  I’ve done so well in the last couple of years.  But I know that I can kick it up a notch.  I really want to get down to a healthy body mass index—that means losing another 25 pounds and breaking into the 140s for me…Holy Shit…So far, I’m doing well.  I subscribe to a program called iTrain which you can find online—really cool workouts for cycling, cross trainer/climbing, running that you can do at the gym or anywhere you travel.  It kicks it up a notch, and I’m loving it!  In the past, I’ve used WeightWatchers which I like a lot, but am trying to calorie count on my own with a program for the iPhone recommended by David Pogue in the New York Times called LoseIt!  It’s free, so far, I’ve lost around 5 pounds in almost 3 weeks—a very safe weight loss.

Kitchen Knightmares—I’ve been doing so well making Chef dinner on Wednesday nights…let’s see if the ratings of Kitchen Knightmares can keep improving!

Fun Focus—Capricorns can get pretty wound up, at least I know I can…so work on relaxing and doing things differently…for me, that means playing more Tennis; taking an Improv Class (I just started Saturday—my class performance is March 8—the night of the Oscars?! How did I schedule that one?!); and doing more yoga (sounds like eat more sushi right)—since I don’t do much yoga now, the fact that I’ve signed up for a class will help!

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