A New Year's Reflection
Start writing a post

A New Year's Reflection

Following New Year's Day in 2017, I wrote a memo to myself about the year I had experienced, and I wanted to share it with all of you.

A New Year's Reflection

This past year, 2017, was actually a pretty good year for me. My mental health was good except for some stress caused by junior year. I was able to achieve goals that I had in sports and athletics which made me feel accomplished. I maintained a good level of physical fitness throughout the year with cross country and track. Although I did not maintain my fitness as much over the holidays, I am back on track now. My diet was ok for the year, as I ate a lot of vegetables and fruits and dairy and drank a lot of water. During the holidays, my diet was not as good.

One way to improve my exercise is to try to incorporate more weight training in with the cardio I do in the weight room. Another way to improve is to focus more on arms because I already focus a lot on legs while running. A third way to improve my exercise is to not slack off during the holidays or the offseason and get motivated to work out during breaks. Fourth, I could try walking to the bus stop more often and not asking my mom to drive me to school. Finally, one way to improve my exercise is to add more reps to exercises I do overtime.

One way to improve my diet is to stop eating a lot of chocolate because it is not good for me in excess. Furthermore, I should try to balance my vegetable and dairy intake, because usually I eat a lot of cheese and have fewer vegetables. One example of this would be to eat vegetable pizza instead of just cheese pizza. Next, my diet could be better if I reached my daily caloric, protein, and fat intake by eating less saturated fats and incorporating an equal balance of grains and vegetables. Fourth, right now, I do not really have time to make my own food and just eat whatever is put in front of me. A way to change this would be to set aside time to prepare my own healthier meals. Finally, a way to improve my diet would be to drink more water because it would improve my skin, digestion, and decrease appetite.

One way to improve my mental health would be to get more rest because then I would have a better mood and would be able to focus more. Another way to improve my mental health would be to try to cut down on some of the activities I do. Currently, I do several clubs, in addition to all AP classes, volunteering, and sports which is very stressful. A third way to improve my mental health would be to do things to relieve stress such as meditation or yoga. A fourth way to improve my mental health would be to try to be more social and go out more and worry less about school. Finally, a way to improve my mental health would be to talk about the problems I have with my family and friends.

The information in the previous paragraphs about how to improve my mental health, diet, and exercise will help me in this new year, 2018. I can try to follow these tips to improve myself and my body for this year. I can become more healthy by bettering my diet and making the exercise I do well rounded. Furthermore, improving the state of my mental health will benefit me in sports and in school. If I can focus more, I will be able to do better in these aspects of my life which in turn will make me feel more accomplished.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments