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POLL: Did you make a new years resolution?(14 posts)

POLL: Did you make a new years resolution?Kristin
Jan 2, 2003 6:29 AM
I did not.
Yes (nm)bsdc
Jan 2, 2003 6:31 AM
re: Yes, keeping a journal.dzrider
Jan 2, 2003 7:34 AM
Oops, I did make one...kindaKristin
Jan 2, 2003 7:47 AM
I've talked about it for a while. Last week a friend told me her TV died. So I'm giving her mine. As of Saturday, no more TV. I should get lots accomplished in the new year.
Good for you.Sintesi
Jan 2, 2003 9:13 AM
It's nice to take a break from the tube. My SO and I went years without a TV, I weighed about 15lbs less, rode every day, read tons of books and basically got more accomplished.

Of course we were total duds at dinner parties since we had no cultural reference points to speak of. Survivor (first two), Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Simpsons, etc. . . we knew nothing.

Well anyway I think you'll enjoy it. You'll find you don't get bored, you have more energy and time and life seems less stressful.

Ride lots.
Congratulations....bluebianchi
Jan 2, 2003 3:01 PM
I gave my TV to Goodwill 3 or 4 years ago. I get a lot of reading done, and have quite a wish list at Amazon. Never seen Survivor, Sopranos, etc. I started subscribing to the paper and listening to NPR more. I was at my parents over Thanksgiving and one night we surfed through 60+ channels- you guessed it, couldn't find anything we wanted to watch. I do seem to spend more time online though, and make rambling posts on various bulletin boards.
Re-started my riding log ...Humma Hah
Jan 2, 2003 7:50 AM
... My log last year went down with a computer, mid-summer. I still had notes, but was not following my mileage week-to-week. Normally, my log has a graph of target miles, and chasing that line keeps me on track and motivated. Without it, I fell well behind.

So I've started a fresh one, with a better system of recording the backup data.

I'll stick with the same mileage goals as last year, try to lose 12 pounds of fat, and attempt a couple of specific long-distance rides: 200 and 300k brevets, and the C&O towpath, with a couple of centuries to round things out.
SurePaulCL
Jan 2, 2003 12:08 PM
I make the same resolutions each year:
...lose weight
...make more money
...spend more time with the kids/family
...spend more time on the bike

In 2002, I accomplished three of four
...I always lose weight from my Jan. high
...I made 1% more than last year. That's something considering I'm in the financial investment business and the last year (three years) have been horrible.
...I spend lots of time with the family. My wife calls me a "homebody" since I'd rather play with the kids than go out.
...Regrettfully, I rode 900 miles less in 2002 than 2001. Mostly due to lousy Spring weather and my spring health.

Here's to a better 2003 for all of us!! Paul
Ride less, ride less, ride less!!!MB1
Jan 2, 2003 2:32 PM
Not doing very well so far but the year is young.
Give me those studded bike tires, then ...Humma Hah
Jan 2, 2003 3:00 PM
... that way at least you won't ride on icy days, and I'll not have and excuse NOT to!
LOL - ThanksKristin
Jan 3, 2003 6:55 AM
You know what they say about setting goals. Make them managable and measurable. For instance, you might determine that you will only ride one century a week instead of your typical 2-4. :) Cheers!
Keep the fat off and the muscle on until spring. n/mSouxsie
Jan 2, 2003 7:15 PM
n/m
Resolutionmlester
Jan 3, 2003 4:18 AM
Quit smoking. Been eight years now, and I had slowed almost to a stop last summer but the winter and cold weather got me going again. So far, going on three days....

-ml
Good job! My best advice (from a 12 yr ex-smoker)Kristin
Jan 3, 2003 7:50 AM
I could give you the 'ole, "Thumbs up," and, "keep going," comments that people love to say, but that didn't help me quit. I was a pack a day smoker from the age of 14-20. Here's what I learned when I quit 12 years ago.

Hitting "The Wall" or "The Jekle Stage":
This is your decisive moment. It should occur shortly for you...if it has not already passed. I believe everything comes down to this moment. It is the moment that lies between trying to quit and actually quitting. Your cravings will become crazy mad, and you'll feel like crawling out of your skin. At this time, you would do just about anything for a smoke. This period of intense craving is short-lived. Mine was 3 days. Its akin to hitting the wall in a marathon. If you can get through this, your chances for finishing will improve 10 fold.

Seek help
Tell those who you love and who spend a lot of time with you (co-workers), what you're up too. Ask them in advance for grace later--when you become a lunatic.

Be honest:
I know you have a stash somewhere. Tell someone immediatly about your stash. Since you likely lack the strength to go and get them yourself, you can ask your confidant to do it for you. Here's the trick. Don't just ask this person to "guard" them for you. (You do mean to quit, don't you? So whatever would you need them guarded for?) They must be destroyed. It will be painful, but trust me, its theraputic.

One day at a time:
After I got through "the wall" things changed. Time slowed and I began to break my life into managable segments. Just 10 minutes at first. Then 20...then 30..then an hour. The first six months went by like this. After a year, it was easy to manage my cravings. After 5 year, I rarely felt the urge.

The beast will awaken:
The first two months will be the worst for those near you. I took on this kind of adrenaline buzz that lasted for several weeks. It made me really edgy. One night, my family consumed a bag of potato chips that I had been planning to devour during the 8 o'clock movie. I lectured them for 30 minutes about the woes of eating "my" food and then drove 5 miles down a mountain in 6 inches of snow to buy another. And on several occasions, I yelled at my boss.

Since you will have already explained to your co-workers and loved ones what you're doing; they will "hopefully" take mercy on your and not choose to have you commited or to call for an exorcist when they see a stark raving lunatic appear wearing your clothes. Its no fun to be locked in a padded cell when you have cravings. I had good people around me then, and thankfully, I didn't get fired or end up a homeless bum.

I wish you the best. Quitting is a though choice, but one of the healthiest you can make.