New Year Resolutions, What Are Your Plans?

Brian Welsh
Dec 5, 2010
Updated • Dec 4, 2012

It's almost 2011 and that means that a whole slew of New Years Resolutions are ready to be made and broken. Every year, it's the same old thing. People say they are going to quit smoking, lose weight, go to the gym, get a new car, make more money, or maybe even change their life in ways that most of us can't begin to imagine. One thing is for sure, most people will resolve to spend less money and to do a better job of budgeting. Another thing is for sure too, most people won't succeed at any of their resolutions. That's why I am only going to make one resolution.

As for me, I plan to save money in a lot of ways in the coming new year. I don't want to make a bunch of resolutions that are only going to get broken, but I can tell you for certain that I'm going to be spending more money next year and I'm probably going to be getting less for it. That means I need to start planning my budget cuts right now.

First to go is going to be golfing. What a waste of money and time. If I were to count all the hours I've wasted chasing that little white ball around the big green fields, it would probably be more of my life than I've spent working. Not only that but the greens fees average out to about $60 per round and when you play three times a week that adds up to about $750 a month. Way too much. Then you add in the lunches, the beers afterwards, and the cost of new irons, drivers, and putters and it is just ridiculous.

Next, I'm going to get rid of my SUV. Gas is just too expensive and as much as I love driving my vintage hummer around town, I've started to feel a little guilty about burning all that oil. It's not the environment so much as the fact that I've started having dreams where I am filling up the tank with the blood of Iraqi kids and American troops. Damn liberal media has finally gotten to me. Besides $3 a gallon is just too much. I'm getting a Harley instead. The way I look at it, I can spend the time I used to go golfing riding my hog around on poker runs.

No more gym membership either. I'm tired of seeing all those spandex clad hotties making eyes at the guys who don't have a pot belly and a back covered in hair. Instead of the gym, I'm going to start running and I've bought a yoga mat for stretching and exercise at home. The truth is the gym hasn't been as successful for me as I expected. From my original 435 pounds I've barely shrunk at all and now I'm weighing in at just 430. That's over ten years. Maintenance isn't the solution. I want to be the 160 pound guy I was back in college.

And that brings me to the biggest place I'm going to save money. Food. I've decided that the reason I'm so big is because I eat so much. It's not that I don't exercise. Plain and simple it's that I eat six meals a day and each of them are enough for three people. I'm going to limit myself to just four meals a day. Breakfast can be regular size. Lunch will be half a sandwich and a bowl of soup. Dinner will be just a salad. And I'll allow myself one late night snack. That's it. No more soda or beer with meals either.

These aren't so much resolutions as they are things that have to be done in order to keep me happy. I considered slashing my internet access too, but when I though about it, it's probably the best value of anything I spend money on. After all, I use it to communicate via email and phone, I send faxes, I download music and movies, I shop, I watch the news, television, and more on it. I even keep a daily journal of my progress towards my goals.

If I were to cut the internet, I think my life would actually suffer since I use it to keep in touch with friends, do business, and entertain myself. Instead, I think a nice thing to get rid of is cable television. What a waste. I don't even watch it any longer. In fact, the last time I watched it was when Friends was still a new show. Yeah, that's definitely going to go. I've got no time for television these days anyway.

In fact, when I imagine cutting the internet, it makes me shiver since I think that would mean severing my connection with my friends and colleagues on Facebook. In addition, I would lose access to the website I am planning on using to get my diet in shape. I wouldn't be able to shop for the best deal on my new Harley or to list my Hummer on Ebay auto auctions so that I can get the best possible price for it. i would have to give up playing cyber golf (which I admit is more addictive than the real game) and my online journal would no longer be available for the world to read it. Okay, I have another admission, the whole world doesn't read my journal but it usually gets five or six visits a day. I would have to give up watching Ugly Betty, downloading Shakira songs, and watching Youtube Star Wars parodies.

Nope, I'm not giving up my high speed connection. That's my resolution for 2011. I resolve to remain connected to the internet, no matter what. Never mind the rest of the resolutions, those are really just a way of giving myself good advice, this is the necessity I need to remain focused on. The internet is my friend and life. I will not give it up.


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  1. Andy Buford said on December 6, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    My new year’s resolution is 1920×1200!

    1. Transcontinental said on December 6, 2010 at 2:28 pm

      1920? Roaring :)

  2. Jyo said on December 6, 2010 at 12:45 am

    As for the losing weight part, you need to do lots of cardio, consistently, and for at least 20 min non-stop everytime you do it. I recommend this site for you. It is totally free (not even ad-supported), the author does not try to sell you anything, and there are many workout tips and such that I still follow. Well, good luck!

    My new year’s resolution would be better time management.

  3. aftermath said on December 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Here’s something to think about. Pundits like Derek Sivers argue and cite research that people are less likely to achieve goals after they declare them publicly. You can investigate the phenomenon for yourself, but the claim is essentially that a person receives an amount of satisfaction from simply proclaiming the goal that impedes the motivation to follow through.

    Of course, there’s nothing bad about announcing your goals, but many people will probably be better served by staying introverted. A better bet is to keep your New Year’s resolution to yourself (actually, the best bet is not to make New Year’s resolutions) and go public with your tactics instead. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight, then keep that goal to yourself. However, when you’re eating a meal out with friends then announce “I’m just going to have a salad today” or “I feel like eating something light”. You’ll find that people are generally supportive of publicly stated tactics, and they’ll even keep you faithful to them. Remember, the achievement of a goal is little more than a series of successfully realized tactics.

    I often remind clients of the activity “Show and Tell” from elementary school. It’s not called just “Tell”, and you can’t show something that has happened yet. Instead of telling people what you’re going to bring into class tomorrow, just bring it. If you fell like talking once it’s here, then do that.

    Best of luck to you and to all on your goals for the New Year and for this very day.

    1. Transcontinental said on December 5, 2010 at 5:40 pm

      I think there is a similarity between evoking one’s intentions and asking for forgiveness, a somewhat spiritualist dimension perhaps, in that all is in the sincerity, and that point argues no intellectual debate as it is but all in one’s consciousness. That’s for the inside; as for the outside, the effectiveness of intentions followed by facts, I’m not sure there are not as many advantages as there are drawbacks in making public one’s resolutions. After all, speaking one’s truth does commit.

  4. Transcontinental said on December 5, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    ERRATUM : I’m so sorry, Brian … habits are terrible !
    You both have talent :)

  5. Transcontinental said on December 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Martin, you have among those we know already this extra talent of blending serious business with an exceptional sense of humor (sometimes I hesitate on which is which!).

    Resolutions are a guide-line I believe, a direction. I intend here to find and follow the right choices to be happier, that should include my concern for others, that does include money and health, as well. Generally speaking I think I ought to take more care of myself, nowadays one’s look has become if not vital at least essential !

    Anyway, we are bound to finish six feet underground so meanwhile let’s do the bast with what we have :)

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