My New Year’s resolution — take the plunge

My New Year’s resolution — take the plunge

I bought into the ugly sweater craze this year, picking up a red number that reads: “Working On My Santa Body.”

The sweater features a cookie — with a bite out of it — placed right at my belly button. Below that, is Santa’s big black belt, seemingly there to hold up a jolly jelly belly.

The words couldn’t be closer to the truth this holiday. Maybe you are like me and have taken every opportunity to indulge.

Hang on, let me pull on my yoga pants and I will tell you all about my Christmas gluttony.

It includes not one , but three turkey dinners, with all the trimmings, plus dessert.

A notable amount of chocolate and cookie consumption started on Dec. 1, enjoyed alongside my favourite holiday drinks (coffee and Bailey’s, eggnog paralyzers and wine.)

But now that the rush to Christmas is over and the magic of the holidays is fading, I harbour no regret for trying to build a body like Santa’s. All the food and drink was consumed among my favourite people, family and friends, with laughter and cheer. My son filled the season with wonder and joy each day.

But now that the New Year is almost here, I’m forced to look to the future and make some resolutions which — let’s be real — I will probably not honour.

Here and now, I vow that come Jan. 1, I will join a gym and wait my turn for the elliptical trainer like the hordes of others who have made the same resolution.

We will pack into the fitness centers throughout January and staff will watch our numbers thin as we slowly lose motivation. We will begin to disappear by February — no lineups for machines come March.

But in 2018, unlike other years, I also resolve to take the plunge. That cold and crazy plunge — a baptism for crazy people, if you will — meant to start the year anew, to wash away the old, so we can start fresh faced and bushy tailed.

I am going to try the Polar Bear swim on Jan. 1.

The swim, which has been a worldwide tradition for more than 100 years, only grows in popularity every New Year’s Day.

In Vancouver, people go crazy. I’ve been to that one, where if you don’t dress up in a chicken suit, you simply aren’t doing it right.

On the birth of the New Year, hundreds of Fraser Valley residents, young, old, big and small, peel down to their skivvies and plunge into the icy waters of the Bedford Channel. From what we can tell, everyone seems to have a blast doing it.

It’s all smiles and camaraderie — a fraternity of sorts for zany folk.

There is something so odd and enticing about people willingly jumping into ice cold water wearing next to nothing.

But you only live once — might as well make it a good one, every single day. What better day to start than the first of the year?

Maybe I’ll see some of you there, taking the plunge, too!

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


My New Year’s resolution — take the plunge

Just Posted

RCMP are looking for “an unknown man who wrapped his arms around” a female youth in Clayton Feb. 26. (Black Press file photo)
Youth assaulted by unknown man in Cloverdale

Mounties looking for ‘tall and thin’ Caucasian man in his 40’s with short dark brown hair

A model of the planned Salishan Place centre was displayed at a Fort public information session in 2018. (Langley Advance Times files)
$711,000 tourism grant goes to Langley arts and culture centre

Salishan Place by the River is a planned community hub with many amenities and uses

Cyclists checked out the 216th interchange crossing the night before it opened to motor vehicles in early September, 2020. The overpass has separated bike lanes for riders. (Mitchell Nurse/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Langley overpass wins cycling infrastructure award

HUB Cycling handed out the award to the Township and province recently

A retail cannabis outlet in Aldergrove got its final rezoning approval on Feb. 22. (Black Press Media File)
Aldergrove cannabis shop gets rezoning approval – barely

Council voted twice after narrowly defeating the project the first time

Cloverdale-Langley City MP Tamara Jansen spoke on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, against proposed amendments to MAiD that would make more groups eligible, calling the Senate amendments a ‘Frankenstein bill’ (House of Commons video image)
OPINION: The grim future of palliative care in British Columbia

Takeover of Delta Hospice by Fraser Health is a major step toward the dismantling of palliative care in B.C.

Dr. Bonnie Henry leaves the podium after talking about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
COVID: 589 new cases in B.C., and 7 new deaths

No new outbreaks being reported Feb. 26

Passengers aboard Komagata Maru in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet, 1914 - Library and Archives Canada image
Abbotsford council is asked to rename street in memory of Komagata Maru victims

Most of 376 the passengers aboard ship were denied entry into Canada in 1914

The first of 11 Dash 8 Q400 aircraft's have arrived in Abbotsford. Conair Group Inc. will soon transform them into firefighting airtankers. (Submitted)
Abbotsford’s Conair begins airtanker transformation

Aerial firefighting company creating Q400AT airtanker in advance of local forest fire season

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The Canada Revenue Agency says there were 32 tax fraud convictions across the country between April 2019 and March 2020. (Pixabay)
Vancouver man sentenced to 29 months, fined $645K for tax evasion, forgery

Michael Sholz reportedly forged documents to support ineligible tax credits linked to homeownership

Framed photos of Travis Selje and other items fill the top of a dresser in his bedroom. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
Crown says defence case epilepsy caused fatal Surrey crash fails on balance of probabilities

‘She very clearly had some form of control over that vehicle,’ Crown argues

Then-Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson looks on as MLA Shirley Bond answers questions during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria. (Chad Hipolito / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. Liberal party to choose next leader in February 2022

Candidates have until Nov. 30 to declare whether they are running

After nearly 10 months of investigations, Mounties have made an arrest in the tripping of an elderly woman in Burnaby this past April. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Mounties charge suspect for tripping elderly woman near Metrotown in April

32-year-old Hayun Song is accused of causing bodily harm to an 84-year-old using her walker

British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives to view the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver, on Friday, July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Death threats mount against Dr. Bonnie Henry, sparking condemnation from Horgan, Dix

Henry has become a staple on televisions in homes across British Columbia since January 2020

Most Read