2019 Resolutions

Every year as January begins people make resolutions for the coming year. I can only assume you have heard the term “New Year’s Resolutions”. A resolution can be anything you want to change in the coming year. You can make resolutions about your weight, health, quitting smoking, exercising, financial restraint, using your cellphone less when around people, and reading more. As you can see the amount of resolutions are endless. I want to discuss a few of the more popular resolutions that would rank near the top of the list every year. In my opinion they would be diet, exercise, and trying to quit smoking.

I want to start with arguably one of the most popular, smoking. According to the CDC, roughly 15% of adults smoke cigarettes. That number is the lowest since tracking began, smoking is still the leading cause of preventable disease in the country. The CDC claims that 68% of smokers want to quit. So if you made this resolution, you are not alone! There are plenty of ways to quit, selecting a method will depend on what you think will fit your needs most. You can start by setting goals to slowly eliminate cigarettes from your day. You can pinpoint your triggers. Try to eliminate the triggers from your life, thus eliminating the cigarette associated with the trigger. Another helpful way to quit smoking would be to replace the habit with something else. Instead of lighting up, pop a piece of gum or a mint. You can also try nicotine replacement. There are plenty of products available on the market to help you with this. You can get a patch, an inhaler, or an e-cigarette. You can also seek professional care. Reach out to your doctor for advice or possible medicine that could be available to assist you. Lastly, it is probably the most difficult, but you can go “cold turkey“.

Every January, gyms and fitness centers are at their busiest. This is because exercise is another wildly popular resolution. Historically, the month of January sees the most new membership signings. That is not a coincidence, it is specifically based on resolutions for the new year. Unfortunately, 80% of those new members stop coming by the second week of February. That is a pretty staggering number of people that make it only a month. I am not sure a month is a long enough opportunity for it to make a difference in your life. Stick it out a little longer if you want to see results!

Another extremely popular resolution is to lose weight through a diet. What will the popular diets of 2019 be? The trendiest seems to be the Keto diet. The keto diet requires a person to eat a very low carb diet. You will have to cut out sugars and bread. Doing this causes your body to burn stored fat for fuel. The process is called ketosis, thus the diet name. Another diet that is popular would be the Paleo diet. The diet is supposed to consist of items eaten by our ancient ancestors from the Paleolithic era. Would we be able to eat a Mammoth? Intermittent fasting is another popular diet trend. The basics of the diet call for you to eat very light for 2-3 days a week and the other days you are allowed to eat whatever you want. The oldest and truest diet is to just eat in moderation. Feel free to eat whatever you want, just watch your portions!

I think resolutions are great ideas. They are the same thing as setting goals. In my opinion, setting short term and long term goals can be very helpful on the road to success. No matter what your resolution is, you have to really want to achieve the goal or you may not. If you are dieting and do not like meat, it probably would not be a great idea to do a keto or paleo diet. On the other hand, if you are a big meat eater those diets might actually work for you. In the end, you need to set attainable goals that fit your lifestyle. Did you have any resolutions this year? If so, I wish all the best on your road!

—Victor Mandalawi

2018 In Review

Just in case you have been living in a cave or jungle without a calendar, this is a reminder that 2018 is officially over. Usually, a year seems to pass by in the blink of an eye. However, when you actually sit down and take a look at the events of the year it can really sharpen your focus. Within the United States alone there are countless news stories and events that have shaped the year. Your location within our country will most likely change your views and memories of news events. I wanted to take a look at some of the biggest weather events and sports stories that have shaped our year.

Every year and season the weather plays a huge factor on our lives. Our country has very diverse weather conditions and disasters seem to strike every year. If you live in the Northeast you most likely remember the barrage of Nor’easters throughout late winter. If you live in California you may remember the record setting heat and drought throughout the year. You would also remember the wildfires that devastated life and property. How could anyone not remember the absolute devastation caused by Hurricane Florence? If you lived anywhere in the southeast it is very likely you or someone you know was effected by this event. The hurricane itself was terrible, but the inland flooding was just as catastrophic. Hurricane Micheal was another devastating event for the southeast and more specifically the Florida Panhandle. Michael was very powerful and it set many records. Hurricanes and records being associated is not a good thing!

In the world of sports you can bet there were plenty of newsworthy events and not all of them are good. The Eagles won the Super Bowl and Alabama won the National Championship in football. In college basketball Villanova won the men’s title and Notre Dame won the women’s title in thrilling fashion. The Warriors won the NBA finals for the 3rd time in 4 years. The Boston Red Sox won the World Series and the world was introduced to Big Al in the Little League World Series. Did you know he hits dingers? The Washington Capitals were able to break through and finally win the Stanley Cup. Early in the year the 2018 Winter Olympics took place in South Korea. Tiger Woods not only returned to golf, but he returned to golf in a big way. He won the Tour Championship and his walk down the 18th fairway was surreal to say the least. In a despicable story, the sports world was rocked with the Larry Nassar scandal. It has altered many lives to date and will continue to for some time. Hopefully, changes can be made so this can’t happen again.

I discussed two topics and barely grazed over them at that. However, just mentioning those sports and weather stories brought back some memories from throughout the year. You begin to remember more stories that have occurred throughout the year and you realize that 365 days can sure pack a punch. It seems to be a blur, but when you really dig in the volume appears. Hopefully you had a great 2018 and I can only wish that 2019 will be even better!