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#1 Kitten

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 02:59 PM

Did anyone make any new year's resolutions this year? Did you celebrate it with a bang? Could you care less what it brings?

I am trying something new this year. A goal for each week (debating on changing this to month) which I need to strive for. Each of them will be a way to improve my life/lifestyle and so far...it's working, but it IS only a week or so into the new year, lol.



#2 Theshinji

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 10:35 PM

I've stopped drinking and smoking. I also have several private resolutions.

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 08:10 AM

Stay fit. I've been running 5 miles minimum per day three or four times a week, and the remaining days I bike about 15 miles. And there's hitting the gym as well. Too bad I take in like 3000 calories a day to offset it. And it's working... so far. Winter's not my season for being active. If I can last until the 30th, then I'll be keeping up with staying fit for the rest of the year.

Cook more often. I happened to cook three times last semester for some friends and it was really fun. Plus, there's the added benefit of not eating the junk that my school serves.

Lending an open ear/shoulder: College is a time where people go through a lot of change upon discovering themselves, and that change is sometimes extremely stressful and unnerving. And in those times, you just need a friend to open up to. Not saying I'm the perfect candidate, but I try. I do have my own fair share of problems, but that helps me relate more.

Last and most importantly, just enjoy 2011. It comes and goes only once.

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 11:17 PM

Holy crap, fair play to you. I've been meaning to take up biking again for years (at one point I seriously racked up a minimum of 100 miles/week) but that takes effort.

That said, my friends are protesting against me quitting smoking/drinking. it's so stupid. When I justified it with ''I don't like drinking. I don't want to do it anymore'', it's ''not that you have to justify it, but that sounds like an excuse'' and ''nobody our age wants to stop drinking'' and so I was rounded on and attacked by my whole social group.

TBH I think they see it as ''there's no point being with us if you're not drinking''. Kinda sucks, but meh. if they're gonna do that, I don't really care.

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 01:34 AM

Theshinji: That is definitely one way to realize they aren't true friends.

Sorry to hear it. =/

I am glad to hear you decided to drop the habits, they are really awful to have and I know your body must be feeling better due to it. Well, once you get past the urges. Props to you!

@Masamune: Your year should be pretty eventful for you! I hope they all keep up, especially just having fun and enjoying it smile.gif



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Posted 11 January 2011 - 02:46 AM

Take up a martial art.

This has proven more difficult than I originally supposed.

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 03:03 AM

It's quite atypical for me to have a resolution. I've normally been a goalless person.

On the other hand, I do have one this year, and that's to move onwards with life without hesitation or fear.

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 04:32 AM

QUOTE (Theshinji @ Jan 11 2011, 12:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Holy crap, fair play to you. I've been meaning to take up biking again for years (at one point I seriously racked up a minimum of 100 miles/week) but that takes effort.

That said, my friends are protesting against me quitting smoking/drinking. it's so stupid. When I justified it with ''I don't like drinking. I don't want to do it anymore'', it's ''not that you have to justify it, but that sounds like an excuse'' and ''nobody our age wants to stop drinking'' and so I was rounded on and attacked by my whole social group.

TBH I think they see it as ''there's no point being with us if you're not drinking''. Kinda sucks, but meh. if they're gonna do that, I don't really care.


Heh, I got railed on by my male cousins for not wanting to drink although I was hanging out with them, but props to you. My friends invite me out for drinks, but it's the opposite scenario; they want me to be the designated driver/chaperone. Quite fun, really. Holding a drunk guy while he's vomiting his lungs, stomach and liver out, while the girl I'm carrying on my back is about to piss several liters onto my clothes. I got quite a few beer stories, although only one of them involve me being drunk. And by drunk, I mean smashed beyond belief.

And... think of it this way. If they're piss drunk, then you can have your fun and they won't remember.

QUOTE (Zairak @ Jan 11 2011, 03:46 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Take up a martial art.

This has proven more difficult than I originally supposed.


Which type?

And finally, @ Sarah: thanks. smile.gif

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 12:25 PM

@Zairak: I want to do Martial Arts too! Not this year necessarily but it's on my to-do list. smile.gif

@Kevin: Always a good goal tongue.gif

@Masamune: You can actually just take a general Martial Arts class that isn't specific to any one thing like Karate. I don't know if that is what Zairak is referring to, but that is the one I intend to do.

Oh and you're welcome.

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 01:14 PM

QUOTE (Masamune @ Jan 11 2011, 04:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Heh, I got railed on by my male cousins for not wanting to drink although I was hanging out with them, but props to you. My friends invite me out for drinks, but it's the opposite scenario; they want me to be the designated driver/chaperone. Quite fun, really. Holding a drunk guy while he's vomiting his lungs, stomach and liver out, while the girl I'm carrying on my back is about to piss several liters onto my clothes. I got quite a few beer stories, although only one of them involve me being drunk. And by drunk, I mean smashed beyond belief.

And... think of it this way. If they're piss drunk, then you can have your fun and they won't remember.



Which type?

And finally, @ Sarah: thanks. smile.gif


Judo.

QUOTE (Kitten @ Jan 11 2011, 12:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
@Zairak: I want to do Martial Arts too! Not this year necessarily but it's on my to-do list. smile.gif

@Kevin: Always a good goal tongue.gif

@Masamune: You can actually just take a general Martial Arts class that isn't specific to any one thing like Karate. I don't know if that is what Zairak is referring to, but that is the one I intend to do.

Oh and you're welcome.


Unfortunately, I probably won't get it done this year either. Nobody in my area is interested in trying it and reading books on it only gets you so far. :/

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 05:54 PM

QUOTE (Kitten @ Jan 11 2011, 01:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
@Zairak: I want to do Martial Arts too! Not this year necessarily but it's on my to-do list. smile.gif

@Kevin: Always a good goal tongue.gif

@Masamune: You can actually just take a general Martial Arts class that isn't specific to any one thing like Karate. I don't know if that is what Zairak is referring to, but that is the one I intend to do.

Oh and you're welcome.


Well, usually, even general martial arts classes focus on a few types instead of covering everything. I'm going to deviate a bit covering this, as there's soft and hard martial arts, and then those get separated into striking and grappling types and whatnot. I know that there's general since I went to TSK for a bit before I decided, to hell with this. I believe they covered karate, some muay thai, and grappling. In general, MMA. It's still pretty cool; I just prefer strictly Muay Thai, which I'm going to try and find sometime this year after I get a job.

@Zairak: ohh. I never really got into judo. For some reason, as a kid, my uncle would practice his judo techniques on me. I didn't care, cause it was fun being flipped into the air and being thrown onto the mattress.

Edited by Masamune, 11 January 2011 - 05:55 PM.


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Posted 11 January 2011 - 06:39 PM

QUOTE (Theshinji @ Jan 10 2011, 03:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That said, my friends are protesting against me quitting smoking/drinking. it's so stupid. When I justified it with ''I don't like drinking. I don't want to do it anymore'', it's ''not that you have to justify it, but that sounds like an excuse'' and ''nobody our age wants to stop drinking'' and so I was rounded on and attacked by my whole social group.


Tell your stoner friends that you know someone whose had three relatives die for their smoking habits, then see what they think.


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Posted 11 January 2011 - 07:13 PM

I never understood the point of drinking that much. It seems like if you want to inflict pain on yourself, you have much cleaner options. I did have a few guildies on WoW who drank a shot each time they wiped while raiding though. That was pretty hilarious.

On another note - Sarah, it's a much harder goal than I imagined.

Edited by SoullessFire, 11 January 2011 - 07:13 PM.


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Posted 11 January 2011 - 07:16 PM

Well, none of them are stoners, but I actually do know a 19 year old girl who died from Lung Cancer, one of my uncles is currently undergoing radio/chemo (I haven't been told exactly) for Lung Cancer, an uncle died from alcoholism related problems, and my fiancee's sister is a recovering alcoholic.

Couple that in with the fact that i've been to hospital on alcohol related problems twice, and the fact that I don't live remotely healthily (if I ate more like a fat person i'd be fucked, i'm pretty lucky I forget regularly) I just sat back and thought that it wasn't fair on myself, or dawn, or any of the people that care for me to keep getting wrecked every weekend, and to keep smoking. Frankly i've got plenty of ammo to shock my friends into shutting up, I just don't see why I should have to lol.

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I am glad to hear you decided to drop the habits, they are really awful to have and I know your body must be feeling better due to it. Well, once you get past the urges. Props to you!


Well it usually takes several weeks for the full effect of regular use to dissipate from your body, so atm I don't really feel any different. But I have done it before, and I know how much better it is once it's over and done with. I'm just looking forward to being able to go out and not thinking in the back of my head that i'm gonna do something stupid that worries Dawn lol.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 12:43 AM

So, Sarah, you have yet to share your resolutions tongue.gif

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 12:06 PM

@Zairak: I have a similar problem. About the only thing offered around here is Karate. Have you tried looking into videos?

@Masamune: Thank you for the mini lesson smile.gif I think I'd like a gen course just to figure out what I like...if that makes sense. Then go from there.

I know I need to take a self defense course as well even though that isn't considered MA.

@TheShinJi: I keep loosing track of time...I'll check back on you in a month wink.gif

@Kevin: Er, well my first one was to reorganize/clean my room. Especially after the holiday and getting even more stuff for my house I am moving into. Leaves a lot of boxes which needed sorting. Feels nice being able to walk around in here without stubbing a toe, haha!

This week...was no soda. I thought this would be harder than it is actually. I think it helps that I am working though since during the day I just bring my water anyway. And when I am home? I take my water upstairs with me. biggrin.gif

Haven't decided on next week yet...maybe no candy. O_O


The really hard part is what I am toying with: the idea of once I do a goal such as no soda/candy I try to stick with it for the rest of the year as well.

That or debating on making them monthly goals instead so it's at least longer than a week and would be easier to go from there with even longer periods.


Now...Why has it been hard for you to obtain your goal mister??

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 06:21 PM

Self defense courses, I'd say fall under martial arts as well. A good chunk of the premise of martial arts (the physical aspect) is to help defend yourself.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 11:00 PM

Yeah, but I am referring to the ones specifically designed to help you get away. Certain moves you do with your arm and such to escape a grasp smile.gif

Takes like one class to learn it all happy.gif

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 12:44 AM

Self-doubt feels like a natural part of life. It's been so ingrained into me to double-check and make sure there aren't any loose ends to the point that I just end up overthinking every decision I make. It's never been an "it's okay to make mistakes" thing for me.

It makes things so much harder to just look ahead, without fear or care.

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 06:57 PM


My resolutions are to play guitar more (I've stopped for a while without any good reason) and to read more, because I've also stopped for no reason.

I took a judo class last semester, it was really fun. I really enjoyed ground randori. I enjoyed throwing techniques, but not standing randori. We did a small tournament and it's really harder to just create an opening when you're standing, especially against a stronger opponent that simply keeps you away. Ground randori is much more fun because you're close to your opponent, you also have to create openings but your opponent doesn't keep you away as much. It's also a very nice way to get some exercise... two minutes long fights seem like they last five or ten!

I might keep doing judo because I'm interested in chokes and armlocks and it was really fun.

@Kevin: I felt a lot like that about a year or two ago. I still have some trouble with risk-taking but I'd say meeting the right people and philosophy classes really helped me.






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