The Resolutioners

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By Jerry Lambert

Here they come. Every year like clockwork. The ball drops in Times Square and millions of people RESOLVE to make lasting changes in their lives. These changes usually center around losing weight, quitting smoking, finding a new job, etc. However, by the end of January, most of these resolutions are long forgotten. It never ceases to amaze me how my gym fills up in early January with people who have the best of intentions. However, by the end of the month, I can get a good parking spot and hop on my favorite Elliptical machine without having to wait in line.

I have broken my share of resolutions over the years. Most of them involved screaming at the TV when the Red Wings gave up yet another goal with less than a minute left in the period! Or, losing my mind when Michigan lost to Ohio State, again! However, a resolution I made a few years ago has really stuck. My resolution to stay out of political discussions altogether, if at all possible. This has worked out pretty well for the most part. However, there are some days on Facebook when I want to jump back into the fray and straighten out some knucklehead. Then, I remember an article I read by a very deep and thoughtful individual. The title of that article was, What Good Will It Do? That guy is just brilliant!

Another resolution I managed to keep for the past five years was to get to the gym three days a week. That one was tough. I had been planning on getting into shape for a long time and finally decided to bite the bullet. Now if I miss a workout, I’m feeling out of sorts for the next few days. Once you make a major commitment like that in your life, there’s no going back. Ask any gym rat. There’s nothing worse than almost reaching your fitness goal, then getting sick, or injuring yourself. Then, you have to start all over again from scratch. A lot of people will give up at this point. However, this is where you really have to suck it up and keep going. You’ll be glad you did! Whatever resolution you are struggling with, just keep something in mind. If you can hang on until the end of January, the odds are good that you just might make it! Good Luck!

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