Saturday, December 21, 2013

Resolution: To Remain Resolved

What comes to my mind with regard to New Year's resolutions are gyms and fitness clubs that are jam-packed the first few weeks of January and then half-empty by February and sparsely populated in March. Losing weight and getting fit are among the resolutions most commonly made and quickly broken.

Over the years, I have come to believe that it is best to try to exert resolve each and every day to strive for improved fitness. Often we fall short and eat more and exercise less than would be best for us. However, it is more productive to pick yourself up and start over the next day, or as soon as possible, than it is to wait until it's time to make New Year's resolutions yet again.

Over the past few months, I became more careless about my eating (especially the late-night snacking, which is my biggest weakness). It didn't help that my community workout room, which I depended on for vigorous exercise to supplement my dawgwalking, was down for renovations, Sadly, I gained back the seven pounds I had worked so hard to lose during the spring and summer months.

Rather than waiting for the New Year to work on a correction, I joined Weight Watchers last week. Maybe that seems like the course of martyrdom during the season of cookies and eggnog, but I need a disciplined approach. It doesn't mean you have to forego all holiday goodies, just that you need to keep a close count. You can squirrel away your WW points, and spend some on splurges. I am using the online program for men, as opposed to going to weekly meetings. I respond well to computer-based  motivation and have too many meetings already.

I will let you know how it goes. I think I made the right decision starting in mid-Decemebr instead of waiting until New Year's Day.

                                                         © Robert G. Holland  2013

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