Tuesday 20 February 2018

Denise Deegan: I've only one resolution that is really worth making this year

I don't make new year resolutions. The thought of committing to do even one thing to become a better person makes me want to rebel before I even start. So I don't start. Why disappoint myself?

There is something about trying to be good that makes me want to be bad. Diets have never worked for me. I've always ended up eating more. I like to walk – but if I thought for one second I was 'taking exercise', I'd stop. It's a relief I never started smoking. I've no idea how I'd quit.

Once, I had to go on a residential course for work. It was one of those 'breakthrough thinking' jobbies that are meant to lead to creativity. We were told that we'd have to stick to a special diet and would not be allowed alcohol. I packed beer and tortilla chips in case I needed a quiet breakout in my bedroom. I never actually did, but knowing I had the option kept me sane.

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