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Jan. 2, 2006, Herald Journal

Don’t stress about resolutions


It’s that time of year again when people set goals for themselves for the upcoming new year and attempt to keep them.

I think New Year’s resolutions are a good idea to have for oneself but it’s a lot of pressure also. Perhaps goals are less likely to be reached with too much pressure put on them.

They are usually the same type of resolutions: quit smoking, exercise, lose weight, start eating right, stop biting nails, etc. These are all activities that are tried for the first week of the new year, and if your really lucky, they might last a month or two depending on your will power.

I am going to join a health club this year. Luckily, I only have to pay by the month. I think I can commit myself for a month and then we’ll see how it goes after that.

It’s hard to find time, but in the winter there isn’t much to do anyway besides sit on the couch and watch TV.

I’m not much of a person to engage in winter activities. I hate skiing. I attempted Powder Ridge when I was 16 but I never had any desire to go back.

I enjoyed snowmobiling, but unfortunately you either have to have one or know someone that has one or you’re out of luck.

I love ice skating, and I hope to get out on the rink one of these days. But days just seem to come and go.

With limited winter activities, the only exercise I’ll get is by going to a gym.

I’ve always wanted to join a gym, but with limited money, I never could afford it.

I always thought it would be fun to join Bally’s or Lifetime Fitness, that way I could go swimming, sit in the hot tub, and maybe walk on the treadmill for a while. But for that price, only rich people can be healthy and skinny!

I suggest having fun without putting too much emphasis on breaking rules. It’s good to have goals but it’s hard to quit or begin a habit or goal cold turkey.

My college roommate and I had an ongoing joke about doing homework. We’d be watching our typical soap operas and daytime television when one of us would say “We better start studying.” The other would reply, “We better just lay here and think about studying for a while, we don’t want to rush into it.”

Eventually, we did study, and we were well rested to do so!

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