Bonus Post: Wisdom from Two Utes of Today!


Hey everyone! I’m still officially on vakay, but since my niece Rachel and her pal Ashley are still busily keeping THEIR blog, “Simply Us,” up to date, I thought I’d share with you one of their recent posts, with a whole lot of wisdom in it! Enjoy!

New Year New Me. New Year’s Resolutions and Tips for Sticking To Them


First Weigh-In of 2018, and um, well …

Good morning, and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours! I’m sure your holidays were filled with lots of scintillating conversations about religion and politics, in which each person expressed his or her viewpoint in an atmosphere of complete tolerance, love, and acceptance, as with all family get-togethers.

Meanwhile, after last week’s Friday Five, you probably won’t be altogether shocked to hear that my weight went UP just a scosche. To wit:

mr bill

Oh well. As I said, I wasn’t entirely shocked. In fact:

i meant

Well, anyway, I kind of planned ahead for it, mentally. And there is a thing called a “diet break” that some fitness gurus recommend – even good ones, like Jay at aworkoutroutine!

7. Take Diet Breaks When Needed

… The exact definition of what a diet break is will vary based on who you ask, but I think of it as a 1-2 week period where you come out of the deficit and back up to maintenance level for the purpose of briefly allowing all of the things that suck about fat loss to recover and go back normal for a little while.

So yeah, THAT’S why I gained 1.4 pounds! I was taking a legitimate 1-2 week period to let my body recover from fat loss! I WASN’T just sitting around eating stroopwafels and egg nog! Sounds legit to me!


And even if it doesn’t – what the hell, it’s less than 2 pounds. Chances are most of it’s water (well, water and egg nog) and I’ll drop it by next week. Anyway, I’m not gonna worry about it. It’s a new week – and a New Year! Which means everyone else on the planet is going to be joining me in my weight loss endeavors. I’ll have lots of company at the gym, for a few days, anyway!


Me, my goals are more modest – just to keep doing what I’ve been doing for the past couple of years.


So what about you? How did you weather the storm that was the holiday season (weight-wise or otherwise?)? Hope it was relatively calm! Any resolutions you plan to keep? Let me know in the comments.


Meanwhile – have a WONDERFUL New Year’s Day!