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BeN

New Year Resolutions 2017

Not that we'll end up following through with them, but what are your New Year resolutions for 2017?

I'm turning 30 next year, not exactly that young anymore, and I want to try to keep myself fit and stay healthy. So I got a jump start and went to the gym today. It's a small step but still something I hope to keep up for the year ahead. I've also been watching my diet a little of late, so hopefully I'll be just a bit healthier by the time I turn 31.
Big Blue

Not making any. If I want to do something I'll jfdi.
Humphrey The Pug

Don't make them; like BB if I want to I will.

Probably doing dry January though.
gooner

I'm resolute that I'll cut down my sugar consumption (easier said than done) and haul my sorry carcass to the gym much more often. Hopefully I'll be able to stave off type 2 diabetes for as long as possible if I keep on top of my diet and exercise regime. Hopefully the recent reduction in my work targets next year (which also came with a payrise 🤑) should help matters somewhat!
Twelfth Monkey

No resolution to make, beyond just keep on doing as I am.  That said, I am trying to be a bit more 'glass half full' with the things in life that irritate me.
Michael

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
No resolution to make, beyond just keep on doing as I am.  That said, I am trying to be a bit more 'glass half full' with the things in life that irritate me.


It's always been my view that an optimistic outlook would be to see the glass half empty in order to prepare for the future and its refilling.
Frank Bullitt

No New Years resolutions but I do have some plans for 2017 generally
Blarno

Big Blue wrote:
Not making any. If I want to do something I'll jfdi.


This.
gonnabuildabuggy

Frank Bullitt wrote:
No New Years resolutions but I do have some plans for 2017 generally


Do tell  

Main aim is to cut down crisps and chocolates so I actually lose weight from all the exercise I do.

2017 will be a big year for us as both boys have exams (0 and A levels in old money). That might lead to eldest leaving home, meanwhile over Xmas my mum announced she's putting her house back on the market after Easter so she might be moving close to us (that was always the plan but she'd postponed until 2018).
JohnC

I only have one plan and that is to turn all the hard work into more money. I have reached that age where my mind now drifts off and thinks about how much I have in my pension which in short, is not enough. So I need to make more to let me save more.
BeN

For the record I don't usually do resolutions as well, but getting healthier is something which I've wanted to do for a while now, and I thought given the timing why not use that as a start.
Twelfth Monkey

Because if the will power isn't there, a contrived date won't make it magically appear?
Frank Bullitt

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
Frank Bullitt wrote:
No New Years resolutions but I do have some plans for 2017 generally


Do tell  


As I am in my 40th year I've decided to give myself a birthday treat (challenge) - since losing loads of weight 4 years ago and keeping off pretty much everything since then it's time for another challenge; I've invariably had a 6-pack but it's been hidden by a covering to a greater or lesser degree over the years but for by 40th birthday (September) I am challenging myself to having a proper 6-pack. It won't ruin my life if it doesn't happen but I'm intrigued to see if I can do it.

Oh, and I have a car related one but more of that later!
JohnC

Frank Bullitt wrote:
I am challenging myself to having a proper 6-pack. It won't ruin my life if it doesn't happen but I'm intrigued to see if I can do it.



I had one of those in my 20's but lost it somewhere along the line. I went looking for it again in my 30's but found the search a bit too painful and time consuming (especially when I got it for free in my 20's). After that I couldn't be bothered and am just happy when my stomach is flat.
PhilD

JohnC wrote:
Frank Bullitt wrote:
I am challenging myself to having a proper 6-pack. It won't ruin my life if it doesn't happen but I'm intrigued to see if I can do it.



I had one of those in my 20's but lost it somewhere along the line. I went looking for it again in my 30's but found the search a bit too painful and time consuming (especially when I got it for free in my 20's). After that I couldn't be bothered and am just happy when my stomach is flat.


You just need to eat less, shouldn't be time consuming. How long depends on how far its wandered off!
PhilD

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Because if the will power isn't there, a contrived date won't make it magically appear?


No but will power is rarely binary. Start (and finish dates), targets, a good cause etc etc can also give you that final push or act as a catalyst.

And why is new year contrived? A year exists and it has to start somewhere!
JohnC

PhilD wrote:
You just need to eat less


Don't I know it!  It is difficult at this time of year with mince pies, chocolates and alcohol all getting delivered to the office.

I don't have many inches to shed but my daughter tells me I need to do 100 sit ups in the morning and 100 at night! I try to do 50 every morning and that's enough together with the same number of press ups and 100 arm curls with the middle sized dumbbells (think they are 2.5kg).
TreVoR

No resolutions for me either.

I have put quite a bit of weight on in the last two weeks, but that will come off fairly quickly when I get back into my walking routine and in the spring when gardening work starts in earnest again so I am happy with that.
gooner

JohnC wrote:
PhilD wrote:
You just need to eat less


Don't I know it!  It is difficult at this time of year with mince pies, chocolates and alcohol all getting delivered to the office.

I don't have many inches to shed but my daughter tells me I need to do 100 sit ups in the morning and 100 at night! I try to do 50 every morning and that's enough together with the same number of press ups and 100 arm curls with the middle sized dumbbells (think they are 2.5kg).


Sit ups are no good for you, they put too much strain on the disks in your spine, planks are better for flattening your belly (or at least hiding all those mince pies!)
JohnC

gooner wrote:
Sit ups are no good for you, they put too much strain on the disks in your spine, planks are better for flattening your belly (or at least hiding all those mince pies!)


I'll give that a go tomorrow then - do you do them until you shake like a leaf and then fail or somewhere in between?
PhilD

gooner wrote:
JohnC wrote:
PhilD wrote:
You just need to eat less


Don't I know it!  It is difficult at this time of year with mince pies, chocolates and alcohol all getting delivered to the office.

I don't have many inches to shed but my daughter tells me I need to do 100 sit ups in the morning and 100 at night! I try to do 50 every morning and that's enough together with the same number of press ups and 100 arm curls with the middle sized dumbbells (think they are 2.5kg).


Sit ups are no good for you, they put too much strain on the disks in your spine, planks are better for flattening your belly (or at least hiding all those mince pies!)


neither will flatten your belly! eat few calories than you burn and the belly will go over time. 10,000 sit ups a day and 10 min planks will make bugger all difference (except the six pack will look better when it appears!)
Frank Bullitt

PhilD wrote:
gooner wrote:
JohnC wrote:
PhilD wrote:
You just need to eat less


Don't I know it!  It is difficult at this time of year with mince pies, chocolates and alcohol all getting delivered to the office.

I don't have many inches to shed but my daughter tells me I need to do 100 sit ups in the morning and 100 at night! I try to do 50 every morning and that's enough together with the same number of press ups and 100 arm curls with the middle sized dumbbells (think they are 2.5kg).


Sit ups are no good for you, they put too much strain on the disks in your spine, planks are better for flattening your belly (or at least hiding all those mince pies!)


neither will flatten your belly! eat few calories than you burn and the belly will go over time. 10,000 sit ups a day and 10 min planks will make bugger all difference (except the six pack will look better when it appears!)


Exactly that
Roadsterstu

A DS for your 40th?
Frank Bullitt

Alas no, I have very much missed the boat (and it won't fit in the garage, too long) - no, something a bit more modern.
Twelfth Monkey

PhilD wrote:
Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Because if the will power isn't there, a contrived date won't make it magically appear?


No but will power is rarely binary. Start (and finish dates), targets, a good cause etc etc can also give you that final push or act as a catalyst.

And why is new year contrived? A year exists and it has to start somewhere!


The calendar is artificial, not a product of the forces of nature. We even have to add periodic extra days, then occasionally take them out again. Targets and measuring* = good. Believing that starting something on Jan the 1st will make any real difference = daft, really. Almost all resolutions fail, it seems to me.

* I'm down to my waist size from my wedding day now, hoping to be a couple of inches below come next xmarse. I'm not going to 'fess up on how many inches I've had to lose...
Frank Bullitt

I dunno, it's often the case that we need some external motivating factor to do these things and as humans we have conditioned ourselves to the calendar in many ways even if it's just a tool rather than the end in itself.

For me, at Christmas 2012 it was a case that in the New Year I would shift some bulk, as it happened I started after my Grandad's 90th birthday party (6th Jan, another date) and got on it, I think it also helps in that it's an easy date to track progress against too.
Grampa

Never made one yet, so it would seem a bit odd to start this year.
PhilD

Twelfth Monkey wrote:


The calendar is artificial, not a product of the forces of nature. .


Apart from the 12 lunar cycles you mean?  
Twelfth Monkey

And by what measure, exactly, does the Moon orbit the Earth every 30.475 days?  You do also know that it's slowing because of tidal locking and the conservation of angular momentum, as well.

The calendar serves us well, but it is a significant approximation of a moving target, that's all I mean.
Roadsterstu

I don't have any resolutions as such, just a vague desire to try and be healthier and fitter than this last year.

Anyway, whatevsr you are up to (for us it's a larty with family and friends at my parents' house), have a great new year's eve and best wishes for 2017
PhilD

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
You do also know that it's slowing because of tidal locking and the conservation of angular momentum, as well.



I was planing on cutting down on booze and doing more exercise for the new year but what with tidal locking and angular momentum I don't think I'll bother, I mean what's the point?



I do get where you and the rest of the JFDI are coming from. On the other hand post the end of year/mid winter blow out and a general lack of funds/desire to spend the new year does seem like a good time to start living a bit more healthier and frugally. We have also just passed the shortest day so every day will bring more light and a lifting of spirits to help us through the tough times!
Stuntman

Well I resolve to go to more car-related events in 2017 than I managed in 2016.  Last year was pretty poor for me from that point of view: One forum mini-meet, the Prescott weekend and an event in Weston-Super-Mare in early September.

Happy New Year to everyone!
BeN

Happy new year chums. Let's try not to be all grumpy old men yeah?
PG

Happy New Year to one and all!

I've made resolutions some years and never kept them. So I think JFDI, but in itself, isn't that a resolution  
gooner

Happy new year one and all. I managed to get to a good start by getting up early, watching Grand Tour over a bowl of porridge before my first gym session of the year. I'm now cooking a roast dinner for lunch. The wife and kids on the other hand are still in their bedclothes!

Hope this year brings all you hope for. I imagine if you're a celebrity you'll be letting out a massive sigh of relief that you made it through to 2017 unscathed!
Humphrey The Pug

A happy new year from me too.

Saw the new year in with a coffee at friends (I drove; offered to aswell), bed at 2:00, up at 7:30 to feed the dogs, dozed till 9:00, because I didn't drink last night I woke up all fresh, no dry mouth or groggyness  (is that a word!), wife is awake but in bed, youngest is still asleep.

Here's to a dry January and maybe longer.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Happy New Year to all from me too.
Mini-Grand-Tour of my own yesterday; up at 6am, left home about 7:20, dropped wife at LHR, went to Watford afterwards, then down to Swindon (more shopping) and on to Chippenham, notable for its street Christmas Decorations.
Onwards by train to Bath which has even better Christmas decorations and was very busy.
Back to Chippenham which was by then deserted in contrast to Bath, then home at 7pm.
Early to bed and up early this morning.
gonnabuildabuggy

After a lot of toing and fro-ing trying to sort out what the boys plans were before confirming our own we spend 8-12.30 am with one set of good friends, then 12.30-2.30 with another set when we collected our youngest.

Finally properly woke at 12.30pm!

Happy New Year to all, hope the tides and movement are in your favour for 2017.
Twelfth Monkey

BeN wrote:
Happy new year chums. Let's try not to be all grumpy old men yeah?


Where's the fun in that, then?!

Happy New Year, one and all.
Blarno

The day I stop being grumpy is the day I die. When you're pessimistic, everything good that happens is a welcome bonus.
Bob Sacamano

Being grumpy all the time is corrosive, it will infect every part of your life and those closest to you, making you unable to see any joy in life.

Have a Coke and a smile.
PhilD

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Being grumpy all the time is corrosive, it will infect every part of your life and those closest to you, making you unable to see any joy in life.

Have a Coke and a smile.


Well said that man. Not sure if it was in jest but still....
Martin

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Being grumpy all the time is corrosive, it will infect every part of your life and those closest to you, making you unable to see any joy in life.

Have a Coke and a smile.


+1

Negativity is self fulfilling /perpetuating thing, not sure which one but it's a bD thing!
Stuntman

Optimistic people live longer as well, on average (or at least it seems so to the pessimists)...
Humphrey The Pug

Martin wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
Being grumpy all the time is corrosive, it will infect every part of your life and those closest to you, making you unable to see any joy in life.

Have a Coke and a smile.


+1

Negativity is self fulfilling /perpetuating thing, not sure which one but it's a bD thing!


My dad's widow is (I assume she still is, I've not actually seen her for a year, but given her actions she is probably worse) a very negative person, she always found the negative in absolutely anything; no matter how good or positive, it was very wearing and tiring for others that interacted with her.

If negativity shortens your life then hers has been shortened by a good 20 years; hopefully!
cbeaks1

I ask this because we have a family member with vascular dementia and spent a few days with them over xmas - any chance she has some sort of dementia? Paranoia, negativity, aggression among the symptoms.

Could just be a horrible person of course.
Bob Sacamano

Just for Blarno:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIMNXogXnvE

Why don't you get back into bed? (repeat)

Some of Buddy Holly, the working folly
Good Golly Miss Molly, and boats
Hammersmith Palais, the Bolshoi Ballet
Jump back in the alley add nanny goats

18-wheeler Scammels, Domineker camels
All other mammals plus equal votes
Seeing Picadilly, Fanny Smith and Willy
Being rather silly, and porridge oats

A bit of grin and bear it, a bit of come and share it
You're welcome we can spare it - yellow socks
To short to be haughty, too nutty to be naughty
Going on forty - no electric shocks

The juice of a carrot, the smile of the parrot
A little drop of claret, anything that rocks
Elvis and Scotty, days when I ain't spotty
Sitting on the potty, curing smallpox

Reasons to be cheerful, part 3
Reasons to be cheerful, part 3
Reasons to be cheerful, part 3
Reasons to be cheerful - 1, 2, 3

Reasons to be cheerful, part 3

Health service glasses, gigolos and brasssies
Round or skinny bottoms

Take your mum to Paris, lighting up the chalice
Wee Willy Harris
Bantu Steven Biko, listening to Riko
Harpo, Graucho, Chico

Cheddar cheese and pickle, the Vincent motorsickle
Slap and tickle
Woody Allen, Dali, Dimitri and Pasquale
Balabalabala and Volare

Something nice to study, phoning up a buddy
Being in my nuddy
Saying okey-dokey, singalonga Smokey
Coming out of Chokey

John Coltrane's soprano, Adi Celantano
Bonar Colleano

Reasons to be cheerful, part 3
Reasons to be cheerful, part 3
Reasons to be cheerful, part 3
Reasons to be cheerful - 1, 2, 3

Yes, yes, dear, dear, perhaps next year
Or maybe even never
In which case...

Reasons to be cheerful, part 3
Reasons to be cheerful, part 3
Reasons to be cheerful, part 3
Reasons to be cheerful - 1, 2, 3

Reasons to be cheerful, part 3
Reasons to be cheerful, part 3
Reasons to be cheerful, part 3
Reasons to be cheerful - 1, 2, 3



Read more: Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 3 Lyrics | MetroLyrics
Blarno

I never said I'm grumpy all the time. I'm sure the various forummers who have met me over the years will agree that I'm a shining beacon of loveliness.

But, I'm a massive pessimist and I refuse to respond to fake or forced happiness - Christmas/New Year/etc. If you need to be told to enjoy it, you're not going to enjoy it. Lots of things make me laugh - I laugh every day at work - but I would class myself as a realist rather than a miserablist.

Remember:

Avoid disappointment - expect the worst.
Twelfth Monkey

I didn't find you to be a miserable bugger!

A also think it's possible to have a positive outlook on life whilst acknowledging its shittier elements/people.  Indeed, I think it's only possible to genuinely maintain such an outlook if you aren't deluding yourself that all is wine and roses.
Michael

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
all is wine and roses.


In which case you'd be fat and pissed so unlikely to care.
PhilD

Blarno wrote:
I never said I'm grumpy all the time.


You just save it all for this place!
Stuntman

Blarno wrote:
...I refuse to respond to fake or forced happiness - Christmas/New Year/etc. If you need to be told to enjoy it, you're not going to enjoy it.


I'm firmly with you on this point.  Forced jollity is not jollity.  People who say "we need to have some fun" are, generally speaking, people who are not fun.
Blarno

Yep, when someone says:

"You've got to have a drink, it's New Year"

I just want to punch them in the throat. I'm an adult and one of the great things about being an adult is being able to have a drink whenever I want to - I don't need an excuse to crack a beer open.
Stuntman

It's surprising how few adults actually think like that.
Twelfth Monkey

But at least you'd smell nicely?
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Blarno wrote:
Yep, when someone says:

"You've got to have a drink, it's New Year"

I just want to punch them in the throat. I'm an adult and one of the great things about being an adult is being able to have a drink whenever I want to - I don't need an excuse to crack a beer open.

Shouldn't the last line read:
I'm an adult and one of the great things about being an adult is being able to punch people in the throat whenever I want to - I don't need an excuse to punch people in the throat.

 
Blarno

That as well, but the law can get in the way sometimes.
TreVoR

Stuntman wrote:
Blarno wrote:
...I refuse to respond to fake or forced happiness - Christmas/New Year/etc. If you need to be told to enjoy it, you're not going to enjoy it.


I'm firmly with you on this point.  Forced jollity is not jollity.  People who say "we need to have some fun" are, generally speaking, people who are not fun.


Yup. I had a "discussion" with my mother in law a few months ago. I can't stand dancing and the last thing I want to do at a social gathering is get hot, sweaty and exerted and I told her so, but apparently that makes me boring.
Frank Bullitt

Stuntman wrote:
Blarno wrote:
...I refuse to respond to fake or forced happiness - Christmas/New Year/etc. If you need to be told to enjoy it, you're not going to enjoy it.


I'm firmly with you on this point.  Forced jollity is not jollity.  People who say "we need to have some fun" are, generally speaking, people who are not fun.


Who's forcing you?

I, like I suspect many people, look forward to a time when I'll be with people who I might not get the chance to catch up with at other times, or people I do but unencumbered by the normalities of regular life. I've never felt forced to 'enjoy' the festive period, I just do - and if you can't enjoy the thought of some down time with people you like/ love/ get on with then that a bit self-damning to be honest.

Tempering this slightly, I'd explain that there are no 'rules' at Christmas and New Year, there is none of that 'we always do X' or 'last year we did X so we will do Y', and we do what we will enjoy rather than feeling tradition dictates, hence it is a fun time of year - I know it will be, look forward to it as such and am rarely disappointed.
Blarno

I love time with my family, I just hate the endless traditions and everything being forced fed from August onwards. My wife introduced the Christmas Eve box for the kids this year - what the fuck is that all about? A box given to them the night before, with more presents in, plus some sweets and a DVD.

Exactly like the stuff they're going to get the following day. Apparenty, it's an American thing, which doesn't surprise me at all.

No one is forcing me to have fun, but I get sick of justifying my stance on having fun on my own terms and being labelled "boring" or "miserable". It doesn't help that my Atheism grows stronger year on year and acknowledging possibly the biggest religious holiday in existence feels massively hypocritical to me.
Stuntman

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Stuntman wrote:
Blarno wrote:
...I refuse to respond to fake or forced happiness - Christmas/New Year/etc. If you need to be told to enjoy it, you're not going to enjoy it.


I'm firmly with you on this point.  Forced jollity is not jollity.  People who say "we need to have some fun" are, generally speaking, people who are not fun.


Who's forcing you?

I, like I suspect many people, look forward to a time when I'll be with people who I might not get the chance to catch up with at other times, or people I do but unencumbered by the normalities of regular life. I've never felt forced to 'enjoy' the festive period, I just do - and if you can't enjoy the thought of some down time with people you like/ love/ get on with then that a bit self-damning to be honest.

Tempering this slightly, I'd explain that there are no 'rules' at Christmas and New Year, there is none of that 'we always do X' or 'last year we did X so we will do Y', and we do what we will enjoy rather than feeling tradition dictates, hence it is a fun time of year - I know it will be, look forward to it as such and am rarely disappointed.


You're absolutely right, no-one is forcing me and I exercise my right not to conform if I so choose!

My point was general, rather than specific.  I very much enjoy spending time with people I like and will happily 'play the game' with a smile on my face.  My point was more aimed at those tedious individuals who have to make plans to be spontaneous  
Bob Sacamano

Blarno wrote:
It doesn't help that my Atheism grows stronger year on year and acknowledging possibly the biggest religious holiday in existence feels massively hypocritical to me.


Keep religion out of Christmas I say.

Anyway, it's not a religious holiday, it's a mid-winter festival - as old as the hills.
Twelfth Monkey

Yep.  As Prince George says in Blackadder the 3rd, about keeping Jesus and the Nativity out of Christmas:

'He always spoils the Xmas atmos.'


Another atheist who loves Christmas here, though like Blarno I take a very dim view of the further retail opportunities that the commercial world (and America) seem keen to shoe-horn into our lives.  At least there now seems to be a convention with Halloween that no external signs means bugger off.  The Christmas Eve box will not be getting a look-in at the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness.
Michael

We didn't even put decorations up this year. We put the cards up that arrived (thanks PR), said we'd send replies then didn't (sorry PR). Christmas decorations after Christmas always look a bit ridiculous to me and it has been very satisfying not having to take them down.
That said we had a great break doing what we wanted and nothing more.
I usually make Louisa a present, they mean more than just buying something you could buy any other day of the week, but didn't this year on account of being not so well in the run-up. I instead bought her, amongst other things, a Karcher window vacuum and suggested she use it on the bi-fold doors. That didn't go down so well.
Twelfth Monkey

You know how to treat a lady, eh?

Mrs 12th loves the decorations, so that's her baby really.  Some of the little bits and pieces go between Xmas and NY, and the lot usually gets put away on NYD.  The idea of coming home from work (not that I do, working from home anyway, but you get the drift) to see decorations still up smacks of Jim Bowen saying 'here's what you could have won.'
Michael

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
You know how to treat a lady, eh?


And yet one of my better presents!
I made her this last year in response to 'healthy living':

Frank Bullitt

Blarno wrote:
I love time with my family, I just hate the endless traditions and everything being forced fed from August onwards. My wife introduced the Christmas Eve box for the kids this year - what the fuck is that all about? A box given to them the night before, with more presents in, plus some sweets and a DVD.


Most European countries give gifts on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day, and as has been noted Christmas is essentially a Pagan Winter Festival that has been commandeered for the purposes of peddling religion for a number of years.
Blarno

My biggest gripe is the whole Santa thing. I hate having to lie to my kids - sadly I was overruled initially when Phoebe was old enough to understand Christmas and Santa was a thing.

Thankfully, she's a bright kid and she pulled me to one side on the run up and said;

"I know Santa's not real Dad. Don't worry, I won't tell Lottie"
Bob Sacamano

You mean Santa's not real????!!!!  
Blarno

Sorry Bob.
Stuntman

Michael wrote:
Twelfth Monkey wrote:
You know how to treat a lady, eh?


And yet one of my better presents!
I made her this last year in response to 'healthy living':



Edible sex toys, I like your style  
Michael

Do you have a thing for gingers? Does Jeff need to watch his back?
Twelfth Monkey

Is that ginger?  Is that how he can charge 'upscale' when turning tricks?
PG

Bloody hell, google is quick on the adverts. Somebody mention sex toys and before you know it......


TreVoR

A week into dry January and some serious walking with the dogs and I have lost 7lbs which shows it was merely the excesses from the holiday period. I haven't been starving myself either.

I ideally need to be down another half a stone to 90kg and I will be happy. That will be the lowest I've been in a lot of years. If I can do that before my medical review in February I will be ecstatic as I can say yah boo sucks to the nurse!

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