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Jeff Byers: A New and Possibly Better New Year

by on January 15, 2013 6:11 AM

As we begin the New Year — how in the world can it be 2013 already? — now is the time to make those commitments to improve and better our lives. I figure the best way to hold myself accountable is to make the resolutions public. But I also believe people need to be reasonable in the resolutions they make — setting goals that are actually achievable is very important.

So, I hereby resolve that I will do a better job of eating healthy. I will eat more salads and chicken and rice and less steak, ice cream, potato chips and cookies. Unless, of course, people give me cookies (I don’t want to be rude) or I forget to prepare a meal in advance or something fattening captures my attention at the restaurant. Or if I get in a rush and need to get something fast — hot dogs and hamburgers are easy to pick up quickly after all. And listen, if I really crave some ice cream, I mean come on, I’m only human. But I will always, well usually ... OK, I will at least occasionally try to do better with the diet. This I promise myself in 2013.

I also hereby resolve that this year will be a year of exercise for yours truly. I have a gym membership that has gone unused for months. But I will work out every day this year. Unless, of course, I have a day where other things come up and I can’t get around to it. Or if it’s a day where I’m just not feeling quite up to it — either too tired or just ready for a good workout. But every day that I have some time and feel like it, I am going to work out.

With my diet and exercise plans, I have set a goal of losing 30 pounds by my birthday on May 2 (plenty of time to figure out the perfect gift for me). And if not by then, for sure by the end of the summer. And if that doesn’t quite work out, by the end of the year, guaranteed. Yep, at least 20 pounds by the end of the year - well, 10 pounds, guaranteed.

I also am going to work on improving my relationships. I hereby resolve that I will improve my communication with family and friends. I will make time to visit, to go lunch or grab drinks and to stay in touch with those I care about. So unless work and other activities take up too much of my time, I will do a better job of staying in touch with the folks I care about.

I also hereby resolve to just treat people better. I won’t talk about people behind their back and will always treat people with respect. Unless, of course, they do something ridiculous or I don’t like something they’ve done. Or if I’m having a bad day and need someone to take it out on. Or if it’s someone I just don’t like — I mean, those people I just can’t give the time of day. But most of the time, if I remember to do it, I’m going to treat the people I like or want to impress very well this year.

And finally, I will become better organized in the New Year. If I ever find my address book, I’m going to put the names in alphabetical order. If I can remember where I put my bills, I’ll pay them on time this year. I am going to wash enough of my dishes that I can see the dishpan again. And I will always leave my car keys on the table by the front door, unless I forget to do that again, so that I’ll know where they are when I go to leave in the morning. Organization will greatly improve my life, and if I can fit it into my daily clutter, I will do so.

These are my commitments for the New Year.

I also see many people are taking up new challenges for 2013, pushing themselves out of their comfort zone. Well, I am considering taking up smoking this year. I’ve never done it before but think I can learn how to do it. Plus, I will have a resolution for next year. I’m hoping I’ll be able to break my habit next year.

I realize not everyone takes the time to create resolutions and not everyone can stick to the plan the way I almost certainly might depending on how things go. So, I thought I’d help a friend out with a recommended resolution.

NCAA President Mark Emmert: I believe with all of the meetings and paperwork he has, his resolution should to be to take more risks and be more adventurous. I’m thinking swimming with sharks, free-falling from airplanes, freestyle cliff climbing — perhaps run with the bulls in that new red sweatsuit you got. Get out there and feel the rush in 2013.

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Jeff Byers has been the wrestling team’s traveling announcer since 1990.
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