On The Beat 1/5/16

Be resolute with your resolutions

By Jim Bucher

Christmas and New Year’s Day are in the record book. The fake tree is back in the box and my lighted elf is unplugged for another year. Now it’s time to look ahead to 2016 with new hopes and opportunities, plus all those resolutions you made to better yourself. You know, the ones you made Jan. 1, and by the time Jan. 3 rolled around you’d bailed on most of them?

Turns out you’re not alone.

Experts say, if you’re going to make some effort to accomplish goals, don’t make them impossible to achieve. Make promises to yourself in small quantities. For instance, my main resolution is not to make resolutions any longer. But for many of my readers, New Year’s resolutions are no laughing matter.

Bobby writes, “Weight is my biggest issue. I’ve got to lose weight. It’s tough, but I’m going to do it.”

Karen says, “I’m really struggling with weight issues. The holidays haven’t been good for my waistline.”

Richard adds, “Buch, I’ve got to lose some of these extra pounds. When I get on the scale it says, ‘Warning Will Robinson, danger, danger.’” Wow, Richard, an old Lost in Space TV show reference. Classic.

I received 30 responses on weight alone, which seems to be the biggest issue out there.

Sandy, for instance, says, “I make the same [resolution] every year: lose weight. I start off pretty good and end up gaining it back. Now I’m on dialysis. So my resolution is to live. Start watching what I’m allowed and not allowed to eat. If I do that I should lose weight, too.”

Mike adds, “I am going to lose the 10 pounds in 2016 that I resolved to lose in 2015. I only have 20 lbs. to go.”

There’s another bad habit that folks are using the New Year as an incentive for quitting.

“I need to quit smoking,” says Tanesha. “I’ve been an off-and-on smoker for 10 years and this is it—I’m quitting once and for all. Look at the money I’ll save.”

Tanesha is right. With the price of a pack hovering near $7, if you smoke a pack a day that adds up to $49 a week, something to the tune of $2,600 a year. Wow, that would pay for a lot of other things you may need.

Chris also is planning on banning the butts. “Quit cigarettes once and for all.”

Good luck my friends.

Peter writes, “I just hope that 2016 is better than 2014 and 2015 for my family and the world.”

I’ll second that Peter.

Angela says, “Learn to love myself as I am. And complete a half Ironman. And Buch, read the book ‘F*ck Feelings: One Shrink’s Practical Advice for Managing All Life’s Impossible Problems’ by Michael Bennett, MD and Sarah Bennett. It’s amazing and has given me some good perspective on goals.”

Noni writes, “My 2015 resolution was to thank a veteran every day … I did! An amazing year of meeting and hearing stories of veterans from WWII to high school graduates just joining. This resolution blessed me.”

And Noni, for 2016? “To do a kind deed each day. Maybe send a note to an old friend, visit a nursing home, feed the hungry, give a child a book or surprise someone. It can go on and on and be so rewarding. I hopefully can fulfill this resolution. Happy New Year to all!”

And back at ya my friend.

Marilyn plans on getting active: “To get up, get moving and get out of the house more.”

Cynthia is kind of punny. “Resolutions are something that go in one ‘year’ and out the other.”

Kay writes, “For 2016 [I’ll have] knees replaced January and March and then get back into shape by walking and being more active without pain!! Yay!”

We hope your resolution is resolved Kay.

I like Amy’s. “Last year’s resolution was to make it through the bourbon list at Century. I didn’t do well. I’m recycling it again for this year.”

I’ll drink to that!

Dennis says, “I resolved many years ago not to make New Year’s resolutions ever again, it’s the only one I’ve ever kept.”

Dave writes, “To stay away from Buch, because he always gets me into trouble.”

No comment.

Molly gets the final say, “Will you back off? I’m not finished shopping and haven’t wrapped a thing yet. Don’t start on me about New Year’s!”

And with that Happy New Year!

Cheers,

Buch

For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com

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For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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