Happy New Year!!! Perhaps because of that simple phrase, more people make promises and dream out loud during this week than at any other time of the year. A new year is a time of new beginnings, out with the old and in with the new mentality. Or maybe after the month of overindulgence that most of us had between Thanksgiving and Christmas it is only natural to look at the scales we have been avoiding and think it’s time to change.
Whatever the reason, New Year’s Resolutions often involve something to do with fitness and weight loss. There is a reason all of the gym’s and health clubs run specials in January after all. And there is a reason they often involve signing up for a long period of time instead of a month or two only. The clubs have long since figured out that most of us are not very resolute in our resolutions so they try to get their money while the idea is fresh.
Last year I posted on line what my resolutions or as I called them goals for 2015 were. Some were met while others were not but that seems to be the way of most long term goals. Sometimes our priorities shift and at other times things happen that are beyond our control that make the shift for us. This year I am once again posting my goals for the year and if any of you remember or reread the ones from last year you will see a striking similarity between some of them.
- I resolve to be resolute in my resolutions. The Bible quotes Moses saying “Be strong and resolute” which is exactly what I want to be. Life tends to wear on us from all sides and if you are like me time is a very precious commodity. Often in the rush of everything it’s easy for exercise to be pushed to the side so I resolve to carve out the time needed for it and stick with it.
- Help others along the way. Holmes said “There is no exercise better for the heart than helping others”. I am far from being a guru on running, but I would have never have started without the help of others. Sara, Dale, Becky, Joie, James, Wally, Jackie… there are far to many to name. They have always been there for me and I know they still are. I resolve to help others to start or continue to be more fit.
- Run farther and faster. “Employ yourself in improving yourself” – Socrates. Last year I made a goal of running 1,000 miles, improving my time in the 5 K, 10 K and half marathon. While I did manage to do number 2 and 4, life (and my heart) got in the way before number 1 and 3 fell. So this year I am again going to set the same bold goals for myself. I resolve to improve my personal best at the distances I have done in the past, run 1,000 miles and finish a marathon this year.
- Maintain my weight better. Okay, I searched for a good quote on this one but guess I just have to come up with my own. “I feel better when I am smaller, run faster when I am smaller, hike better when I am smaller and clothes fit better when I am smaller so I should try to stay smaller”- James Hubbard. For years I was very obese but even then I was on a yo-yo, losing and gaining weight constantly. Over the last few years I still struggled with this so I resolve to stop the yo-yo and do better this year.
- Keep a positive outlook. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” ~Thomas Jefferson. It is easy to get down when a run doesn’t go well or when life throws you a curve. This past year it threw a wicked one at me and I let it get me down. But looking back it wasn’t nearly as bad as I made it in my mind. Yes I missed the Air Force Marathon and yes it took some time to adjust to the arrhythmia but what an awesome year it was! I ran farther (16 miles) than I ever had at one time, ran more in a month (163 miles) than I ever had before, ran my fastest 5 K and half marathon… Oh and I married a beautiful woman that I am hopelessly in love with and I think she even loves me back! Then there is kids. 2015 was a great year and somehow I managed to spend part of it in self pity. I resolve to be positive in 2016.
There they are, my 2016 resolutions. Since the blog is about fitness and weight I stuck mainly to that but an additional one for me include to be the best son, husband, brother and father I can be. I would encourage anyone that reads this to include your own in the comments. Remember be strong and courageous, Be Resolute.