Falling off the Weight Management Wagon and 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

“We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one…” — The Doctor, “The Big Bang” (S5, Ep 13)

In late 2017, I started talking about my weight loss journey a bit more publicly. Well this is a public admission of falling off the wagon. The new year is a great opportunity to get back on track. I could offer a bunch of excuses (new Weight Watchers Freestyle program is anything but freeing for me; this time of year leaves me cranky; surgery disrupted things for past bit; … [I could keep going]).

Fundamentally though, I fell into the deadliest combination:

“The deadliest combination, therefore, occurs when an impulsive person with a high food reward sensitivity lives in an environment that’s bursting at the seams with highly rewarding foods.” — Stephan Guyenet, “The Hungry Brain” (p 68)

But I need to get back on track.

2018 New Years Resolutions

So somewhat in the spirit of Gretchen Rubin’s 18 for 2018 (link) or Jason Zweig’s 34 resolutions (link):

  1. Get back on track food and eating wise
  2. Maintain a healthy weight
  3. Maintain aerobic exercise levels (7x week/30+ minutes)
  4. Reintroduce regular (at least 1x/week) strength training
  5. Continue limiting mobile use (See: Bored and Brilliant Challenge)
  6. Try to read 1 book/week (did 45 in 2017)
  7. Spend more time with friends and family (including hosting more games days)
  8. Be mindful that happiness is lots of little things done for yourself over time that add up.

It is not 18 or 34 items but they are what I plan to work on in 2018.