Clark: What's this about a resolution?

Jan. 08, 2013 @ 05:25 AM

I am not really big on making New Year's resolutions.

Of course, they are great to start and people have vast illusions of what they can expect because of fulfilling a resolution.

But, alas I have never really been prone to make them.

I have always thought that resolutions were something that we should all be doing in the first place. That has been reinforced because most of the resolutions I hear people making are health-related.

"I'm going to lose 10 pounds by May."

"No more coffee for me."

"I won't be eating any more junk food."

And those are just examples of the resolutions that I have heard people make over the years.

Now, while in past years I have abstained from making a New Year's resolution, this time around I decided to do something a little different.

I decided I would have a resolution and actually stick with it.

My blockbuster resolution: I will only drink water and not drink any soda at all.

I know, a real hard-hitting one.

But, if you consider my less-than-ideal lifestyle, it is actually a big change for me.

You see, I am one that rarely eats — only about a meal a day — and I used to rely pretty heavily on my regular supply of Diet Dr. Pepper.

At last count, I averaged about five cans per day of my "life-blood."

I felt that was what got me through the day.

But, as just about any health professional will tell you, it isn't the soda that is taking its toll, its the one meal a day that is hurting me the most.

However, since changing my meal plan is really not in the cards for me, I elected to go the soda route.

Will it make a big difference? I have heard that I can drop about 10 pounds by May if I go that route.

Now, that is not the main reason why I elected to cut out soda from my already meager diet. It was mainly because I like my kidneys and want to keep them for a while.

Now, I know that my health and well-being will not be solely attributed to my intake of water or Diet Dr. Pepper but, hey it's a start.

And, I plan on keeping this resolution for a while.

I have already started and the results are, well ... the jury is still out.

No caffeine during the day is quite a bit different for me and the taste of just plain old water leaves little to be desired for me. But, I have learned that water flavoring is wonderful and makes me want to drink water over and over.

So, that is my New Year's resolution for whatever it might be worth.

Here's to losing 10 pounds by May.


Matthew Clark is the Editor of The Daily Courier. He can be reached at 828-202-2927 or emailed at Follow him on Twitter @UMass_MClark