New Year's Assessment
Published December 31, 2018 As I have in the past, New Year's is a time to assess the resolutions made this year and make new ones for 2019. Yes, I still believe that resolutions are useful, even though this year's adherence was at a historic low for me.
Simply put, starting an offline business, despite my intentions, became an all consuming effort. I am not going to provide any details about the business, however, everything about my life was affected. In no particular order:
Diet shifts: Essentially, I went from cooking 5-6 dinners a week to not cooking at all. Fortunately for me, I have a partner that enjoys cooking, and he stepped in to pick up some of the slack. However, we also windup eating out more often. Eating out means that I don't have control over the amount of calories on my plate, so what's the update as to my weight? Status quo. I haven't lost any more weight, but neither have a gained any.
Yes, that's right. My strategy of paying attention to portion sizes works even if I'm not the one cooking. my partner on the other hand, has gained weight in the past year— because he never committed to learning portion control, he allowed me to do it for him. And since I'm not going to pull his plate away from him at a restaurant, he winds up eating more than he should. I have no problem asking for a box for leftovers, he cleans his plate. That's not new, but the plates he has at home when I cook were smaller and so it didn't matter. We split plates sometime, but too often that leaves him hungry.
This update is about me though, not him, so enough. The bottom line is that weight loss is possible and maintainable, but only if you wrap your head around how much food you need to be the size you want to be at the age that you are. I've done that and my weight is stable. I know what I would have to do to weigh less, and I am not willing to do it. My body is easily able to compensate for the weight I'm carrying, so there are no related health concerns.
Will I try to lose a bit more weight? I haven't decided yet.
Exercise/movement: I still stand all day at work, but now I'm not standing in front of a computer screen, I'm making or delivering product. I quit my gym membership because I knew I wasn't going to have time to go, and I wasn't wrong. I still have my treadmill at home, but it's been years since I was on it. I hope to change that in 2019, but we'll see.
One thing I do want to do in 2019 is get back to doing yoga on a regular basis. I do have time to do this, I just need to make it a habit.
Writing: Obviously my writing (and not just at this site) has fallen by the way side. The business also has a website, and frankly that's the priority. This site is also a "business" in that it has advertising on it, but it's never really generated much income— though that was actually improving back when I was writing regularly here. I do miss it, too. I want to try and put new content up more regularly.
I also want to continue to try and read more offline. Believe it or not, I did read a few books offline this past year— not that I wrote up reviews about them. Maybe that's where I can start creating content in 2019.
So that's the update. No big promises.
One more thing: I have changed how I am going to do ads on this site. Essentially I've opted for Google's "auto-ad" program so that I no longer have to manually place ads on each page. I have no idea how that choice will alter what the site looks like or how it performs. Time will tell.
Thanks for reading, and here's hoping 2019 is better than 2018!