My three New Year Resolutions for 2010.

I’m going to do something I almost never do: I’m going to not only make some New Year resolutions, but I’m going to post them publicly. I don’t normally bother with resolutions at all because years of experience has taught me that I’m terrible at keeping them. My standard joke was to say that I resolve not to make any resolutions allowing me to both keep and break it all at once.

However, this year I have felt every single one of my 42 years weighing upon my body. From the occasional back spasms to the ongoing rotator cuff issues to my right knee starting to act up to a general lack of energy. All issues that tie into the fact that I am far heavier than I should be. I don’t have a current measurement of my heft, but last time I was checked I was back up to just under 300 pounds. A number that surprises people to hear because I don’t look like someone who is that heavy to a lot of people, which just goes to show how shitty most people are at judging weight. I’m fat and it’s been affecting my health more and more the longer I ignore it and I could probably counter a fair bit of it by just getting off my ass and exercising a bit.

Which brings me to my first resolution: I resolve that I’m going to start exercising regularly in 2010. I will not be setting any weight goals because I honestly would be happy if I can just manage the willpower to do something for 30 minutes three times a week. Anne has been wanting to sign up at the local Rec Center where they have a fitness program with trainers that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and I think it’s time. Hell, it’s long overdue. Whether it’ll be a treadmill, stationary bike, or whatever I couldn’t say. I’ll probably try several before I settle on something I can handle. The next two resolutions aren’t anything so dramatic, but are things I had fully intended to start doing in 2009 and never managed to get around to it.

I resolve to finally get the SEB Podcast underway. ***Dave and I keep bringing it up to each other and then proceed to go back to doing whatever we were doing and forget about it. The idea of chatting with ***Dave on various topics makes me very excited as the test run we did over Skype awhile back went very well. One of us is going to have to wrangle us together and get it done, though, and seeing as it’s my podcast that means it’s up to me. I’m still open for ideas on formats, topics, and even people to participate if anyone else out there wants to spend some time blathering with me on Skype.

I also resolve to finally try my hand at video blogging. I bought the RCA Small Wonder and a webcam specifically for doing video blogs and, again, I’ve never gotten around to doing one. This one might be even more difficult than the podcast as I have even fewer ideas of what to do with it and there’s considerably more work involved as lighting becomes an issue as well as editing and even a background. I did some live streaming during the Blogathon that was pretty nifty, but it became clear that shots of my basement walls were less than amazing background fodder.

So that’s it. My three resolutions for 2010. The funny thing is I’m less confident of my ability to keep the last two resolutions versus the exercise one as the latter requires less creativity. Still, I’m going to do my best to keep all three. I might only get a single podcast or video blog done this year, but I’m going to do my best to get at least that much done. Wish me luck. Self-discipline is something I’ve always struggled with.

So what resolutions, if any, are you guys making?

20 thoughts on “My three New Year Resolutions for 2010.

  1. I actually just signed up for the Women’s Only Gym at the Y today. It is super cheap ($30 a month) and they have free classes you can take as well. I got lucky since I have been putting it off due to one reason or another…and by doing that I got off way cheap since they have a deal for December and waived the $60 sign up and while they usually charge a month in advance I didn’t have to do that. I just had to pay for the rest of December which prorated came to $2.

    Trust me…if you pay for a program you are more likely to use it since you will think “well I am paying all th is money, I can’t let it go to waste”.

    Good luck on all your resolutions! I thought about video blogging…but not sure what I would talk about. Sometimes it takes me all day or even a day or two to come up with a regular blog post.

  2. Good luck with the war on extra weight. I’ll be with you in my own gym!

    As to video blogging, I’m not so supportive. Why? Video only serves a purpose if it is giving us something that has to be seen to be believed or understood. If it’s just “talking heads”, well, I can read far faster than having to sit thru a video of the same material. But then, once you get your “studio” set up, perhaps you can talk out your opinion/rant/thought of the day far faster than you type.

    Keep up the good work, regardless.

  3. Hey Les, Something I found really helpful, given how much time I spend online, is to simply get off of my ass while I’m on the computer! If I’m just reading other blogs, I stand up, and sometimes put on music to move to. You don’t have to move much, but ANY movement burns a few extra calories, and helps your heart. If you spend 4 hours online, the try to move for 15, then sit for 15, then move…etc. I have a timer set for 15 minutes, and it really does make a difference.

    Best of luck to you, since my early 40’s, I’ve lost about 100 pounds…and believe me, my body is grateful!

  4. I found this note about 15 or 20 years ago..I read it often, so I will stick with it. I have no idea who the author is but it is just good common sense.

    No one will ever get out of this world alive. Resolve therefore to maintain a reasonable sense of values.

    Take care of yourself. Good health is everyone’s major source of wealth; without it, happiness is almost impossible.

    Resolve to be cheerful and helpful. People will repay you in kind.

    Avoid angry, abrasive persons. They are generally vengeful.

    Avoid zealots. They are usually humorless.

    Resolve to listen more and talk less. No one ever learns anything by talking.

    Be chary of giving advice. Wise men don’t need it, and fools won’t heed it.

    Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Some time in life, you will have been all of these.

    Do not equate money with success. There are many successful moneymakers who are miserable failures as human beings. What counts most about success is how a person achieves it.

  5. Those are some great resolutions man good luck! Maybe you should put up a blanket behind you or a solid color sheet for the video? That way you could have something more flattering or edit in your own background.

    As for working out and dropping some pounds, that is great. I plan on doing the same thing, but as a contest at work with a couple guys. Best of luck to you.

    My key for working out at home has been to put an elliptical machine in front of the TV with the PS3 hooked up. It took some time for my leg muscles to learn to stabilize me, but once I figured it out it was awesome baby!! Working out feels so far from a chore when I get to play video games I enjoy at the same time.

    May not work for everyone, but finding somethng to make it fun helps.

  6. We’ll be cheering for you!

    My unicycle this year is PhP and MySQL. I’ve tried to get a grip on them before but this year I’m going to do it (because I have to).

  7. As a Large Mammal, I applaud your endeavor Les. Some of the things that have helped me loose weight on my exercise routine I will share with you. You don’t have to give up things entirely. Just be mindful of what you shovel into your pie hole. Moderate your portions, especially with non-healthy food. You don’t have to give them up, just reduce the amount and frequency that you enjoy them. I rarely eat fast food and deep fried goodness anymore. Plus, I rarely drink pop (including diet). If you like a 3 meat pizza, cut back to 1 or 2 meats. Eat more protein, eat less starch, and watch your carb intake. If you really want to change your eating habits, look into diabetic diets, they are actually how we should be eating. If you stick to your plan of a few times per week, you will see improvement over time. As my wife said, it took a long time to get into this position, it will take time to get results. I didn’t start seeing decent results until after the first couple of months. And as I have said, “if I can get into better shape, anyone can”.

  8. Heh. Not to be pessimistic, but genetics play a big role, one at least as important as lifestyle, in weight.

    In my twenties, I ate constantly, and rarely pushed 140. 140!!

    Now, in my thirties, I skip more meals than I take, (sometimes eating no more in a day than toast), yet I am stubbornly resistant to dropping *below* 175.

    Strange thing changing metabolisms!

    Eh, one more thing. Try to find an activity you really like, and it wont feel like exercise. Like badminton. Hehe. Its easy, yet you’ll be panting in no time. Seriously!

  9. Thanks for all the comments and encouragement everyone.

    Legacy, I’m sure genetics plays a role – I come from a family of big people – and I too was skinny as hell until my early 20’s when my metabolism slowed down. I was also a lot more active than I am now, though, and that’s surely a factor in it. I don’t expect to get below 200 by just exercise alone, but I would certainly think it would help me lose a dozen or two pounds. And, no, I don’t smoke. Tried it for a couple of weeks in my teens and didn’t understand the appeal so I quit.

  10. Like Big Red Monkey said. And we all should be eating 6 to 8 times a day instead of 2 or 3. Smaller meals, but more often. It’s the way we were designed (evolved?). Remember, if you stay on your diet, exercise regularly and stay away from cigarettes and booze, you’ll still die. Comforting, that! 😉

  11. I feel like I should just throw this in the pile..

    I am 55 years old. When I was about 30 I wanted to get rid of 20 or 30 lbs. I tried exercising and soon got bored. So I joined a very strict Martial Arts Academy. The weight came off in about 60 days. I continued training for the 4 year commitment. ( It was very impacting ! ) Then I taught for another 4 years. Entered all kinds of competition sparring events. I was a lean, hard 185lbs ! I could run up 10 flights of stairs without getting completely winded.

    I went to the Doctor last week about some knee issues. ( nagging pain ) He told me that I was looking at having both knees replaced within the next 5 years.

    In considering an exercise regime. Think about a work out bike, the kind you petal in place. And then when it warms up use a regular bike. Start off with stretching, some push ups, sit ups, squats, start with 3 or 4 and gradually work up to 25 50 or even 100. Stay away from Trans-Fatty acids in anything. Eat steamed veggies, rice, chicken, and snack on fruit.

    I am still in good shape, they said they could inject some kind of crap into my kneecaps that will get me through for several years, maybe a decade. I am checking out Glucosomine Hydrochloride and it seems to be working. The pain is down. I can walk without limping. So maybe I am on the mend, and the Doc is full of shit. Only time will tell.

    I think some of this is maybe weather related. I was up in Montana a while back and it was like -30. I stayed outside working on a project and have not been the same since. I hate the cold and apparently it hates me.

  12. I have only one: get back on the horse. Learn to get around perfectionist tendencies and accept that a half-complete job is still progress. Learn to not keep myself down when I get knocked down.

    I’ve already got a laundry list of things to do this year, so as far as resolutions go, I’m taking it lightly. At the same time, having a long list of other things to do only amplifies the importance of this one.

  13. Best of luck to you, Les. I think you’ll find that regular exercise will go a long ways towards improving your health and the way you feel in general. FInd something that works for you, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. 😉

  14. Regarding the Podcast, I’m ready when you are (I think). I can already see the Grind starting up for the new year, so while Doing Something New sounds like an awful idea, it’s also extremely enticing. Name a date and time, plan on a dry run on the tech again (since I’m now on a different computer), and we can go from there.

    Regarding exercise, I’ve been doing the karate stuff, and that’s worked out very well for me — but only in conjunction with moderating my food intake. Diet logs are proven effective — thinking about what you’re eating is a hugely important way to stop just grazing. If you want to go the full Geek Diet, do something like the Daily Dish and record calories (along with exercises) to meet some sort of a weight loss plan.

    At least that’s what’s worked for me (when I’ve been effective at it).

  15. HI Les,
    Too bad about Anne having an infection. You know they can turn into serious things if not caught early. Could be that God is wanting to get your attention through your wife.
    He does that you know.
    Good Luck on losing weight. It’s hard enough to find a job just sending resumes via internet . Usually employers pay no attention to them. It’s best to get off your ass, and pound the pavement and go in person. that way, they know you are serious about wanting the job.
    how’s melvin ?
    I have 2 dogs that I like to hike with. It keeps them healthy and helps me to lose weight.
    I hope Anne’s infection gets better. Best to keep an eye on it tho.

  16. Thanks fannie mae for stopping by today. I am sure with all the Earthquakes, Tsunami’s, Wars, and a child dieing every 15 seconds for lack of clean water in the world. That…God is taking a special interest Anne. Because she is Special…Like You…

    Troll !!!

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