New Years Resolutions - 2015

So I am going to take a stab at some new year's resolutions. I know most resolutions fizzle and fade about 3 weeks into the year. I also know that a lot of people find resolutions to be trite and unhelpful. Being aware of a high failure rate and a host of possible psychological basis for why resolutions might not work, or might make things worse, I boldly (and boldly is an overused business word) move forward with the following resolutions.

1. Health

At the end of 2013, I switched my diet to a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) diet. This is a diet that is high carb (yes high carb) and low fat. It is also plant based, ie I don't eat animals (meat) or animal products (dairy, eggs, etc). The diet was very successful for me. I felt better then I had in years and lost a good amount of weight. This is my general mode of eating, but the past month I have found myself slipping away from it. I am going to refocus my diet on this path.

Key points to my success with WFPB:

  1. Have meals premade. Weekend meal planning and cooking, while difficult, helps me to stay on track.
  2. Soup. Having soup helps.
  3. Tracking what I am eating. A lot of WFPB say that you don't need to track. I agree generally, but I find when I track I am more in control of what I eat.
  4. Don't allow myself to cheat. Cheating is slippery slope. It leads to a compromised mind, which allows me to eat a lot of off track food.

My goal is to eat WFPB more consistently, to avoid overeating and to get down to 200 lbs.

2. Sleep

Need to go to bed in a more systematic factor. Staying up late does not make me more productive and is actually a negative on productivity. When I stay up late, I allow myself to "cheat" and find myself overeating. I am also not as sharp the next day. These seem basic and obvious and they are, but developing a practice is the harder part.

My goal is to go to bed by 10:30 most nights of the week.

3. Exercise

This will help with sleep. I have finally found a form of exercise that I enjoy. I recently purchased a WaterRower Club used via Craig's List.

My goal is to row 3-4 days a week.

4. Writing

Writing is very important to the phase that I find myself in. It is a place to refine and record my ideas. I do not believe that I have very original ideas, but I find that writing is a furnace that allows me to forge and shape the ideas from their raw form into something useful.

I would like to focus on writing every day.

5. Reading

Reading has long been a standard part of my life. I have tried to read a book a month since I graduated college. I am amazed at the number of people that would spend a substantial amount of money on a college education only to never pick up a book again after graduating.

In 2014 I got big into audio books. These help me to get the benefits of books without having to spend as much time. I often listen to books at three speed. Audible is great for this. Their software handles the speeding up of books to keep them sounding good and controls the pitch to prevent people from sounding like chipmunks.

My goal is to read or listen to a book a month. Same as it has been for a long time. No need to keep raising the standard because this area is very solid for me.

Conclusion

This post is mostly a ramble for myself to be able to come back and reference in March, July and October.

Eat. Sleep. Move. Read. Write.