Making the lists, resolutions you can live with, a word
with Brian Castner, and Labatt brews in Buffalo
RESOLUTIONS? GET REAL
The latest in lists
It seems like a new list comes out every week that places Buffalo rather highly—often in the top ten—for something like walkability,
affordability, food, or architecture. To be honest, we do not always believe these lists, but a recent entry, WalletHub’s Best Sports Cities,
seems more credible than most. If there is one thing we’re known for, other than wings, it is the fervor of our fans. We’ll go along with
this: In “Top Cities for Football Fans,” Buffalo is
twenty-four; in “Top Cities for Hockey Fans,” we do
considerably better, at eight.
For “Best Sports City” overall, where
populations are 100,000 to 300,000 people,
Buffalo is third. In all cities, Buffalo is number
twenty-six on the list. Boston is 2018’s best sports
city. (WalletHub used information from the Global
Media Consumption Report. Visit WalletHub.com
for more on this.)
And then there is Medium, which has just
named Buffalo one of the 5 Best Places to Live in
2100. “You first want to go where there’s fresh
water and moderate temperatures,” Medium
quotes Harvard’s Jesse Keenan as saying. Keenan
adds, “The Great Lakes for me make a lot of
sense.” There is some validity to this reasoning,
but Medium, which some call an “open mic” online
platform, naming Buffalo the top five in anything
is not quite as credible as, say, the New York Times
making such a claim. We’ll check back in 2100.
What are the changes and improvements you’d like to make in 2019? We’ve broken down
three popular resolutions into what you intend to do and what you will actually do.
Don’t drink. You’ve heard the term
“Drynuary,” or dry January, where you give up
alcohol for a whole month. Giving up booze can
help you sleep better, save money, increase your
focus, and lose weight.
Drink a lot… of water. How much water? The
Mayo Clinic recommends about 15. 5 cups ( 3. 7
liters) of fluids for men and 11. 5 cups ( 2. 7 liters)
for women. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your
body needs water to work properly. (Limiting
alcohol is also a good idea.)
Get your finances in order. Set up that 401k,
403B, or IRA. Put ten percent of your paycheck
into savings. Create and adhere to a budget.
Start tracking what you spend. Most banks
have an online feature where you can create
categories for spending. Request a free credit
report on annualcreditreport.com; eyeball
your debt and dispute any incorrect credit
dings. Commit to one “no-spend weekend” or
“no-spend day” per month.
Get in shape. Lose ten (or twenty or thirty)
pounds. Fit into your old skinny jeans.
Set up an account on MyFitnessPal.com
or Fitbit and track what you eat each day
for a week or so. Make some easy, sensible
adjustments to your diet, like having air-popped
popcorn instead of a bag of Doritos. Go for
a short walk outside every day. Even ten
minutes is beneficial, and the fresh air and
(optimistically) sunshine are good for you, too.