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Dear Internet: I resolve to not resolve. Maybe.

The New Year is here, and whether you intend to or not, resolutions are made. Do you consciously make resolutions for the new year? Or do you avoid making them to avoid breaking them?  (Nods yes to both.)

Resolution?

1. The state or quality of being resolute; firm determination.

2. A resolving to do something.

3. A course of action determined or decided on.

4. A formal statement of a decision or expression of opinion put before or adopted by an assembly such as the U.S. Congress.

5. Physics & Chemistry The act or process of separating or reducing something into its constituent parts: the prismatic resolution of sunlight into its spectral colors.

6. The fineness of detail that can be distinguished in an image, as on a video display terminal.

7. Medicine The subsiding or termination of an abnormal condition, such as a fever or an inflammation.

So.  Maybe I can, you know, subside my abnormal condition, of chubby?

The ASA suggests:

“A new year is a great time to think about the changes we want to make in our lives. Being and staying well is a resolution many people make for the New Year, but those resolutions can lead to frustration when we find we have set unrealistic goals,” said Philip R. Muskin, M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University and Chair of the APA Council on Psychosomatic Medicine. “Making a resolution to change one thing that will make us healthier is a priceless gift that only we can give to ourselves.”

Try again. Everyone has made, and broken past resolutions, that does not mean that you won’t succeed this time. Start with a positive approach, including thinking about what has disrupted your good intentions in the past. Don’t discourage yourself with a negative outlook.

Don’t make too many resolutions. Trying to eat better, exercise more, quit smoking and reduce stress is too much to tackle at once. Pick a realistic, attainable goal with a reasonable time frame.

Choose your own resolution. Make sure this is something that you want to accomplish for yourself and not for friends or family. When you attain the goal they will benefit from your success as well.

Make a plan and write it down. Plan what you’d like to accomplish in three or six months. Achieving small goals over time gives you a sense of accomplishment and motivation to keep going. Writing your goals down is a good way to keep track of your progress.

Involve friends and family. They can support your efforts, and can motivate you to keep going. Setting a personal goal is not a “promise” which can never be broken. Don’t paint yourself into a corner by overstating what can be a realistic change you plan to make.

Forgive yourself. If you get off track, don’t think that you failed. Review your plan and make adjustments.

Congratulate yourself. Reward yourself when your intermediate goals or resolutions are met.

In the WLS crowd, a major resolution is always, “lose weight!”

Sure, it’s a nationwide resolution, America runs on this resolution, just look at the the big box store shelves approximately December 26th - January 5th and on, until the February CANDY hits. 

You are bound to see cases of Slim-Fast, exercise DVDs, yoga mats and boxes of fat-burner pills featured everywhere, capitalizing on your freshly chosen resolution to drop a few.   Today at Wal-Mart dot com:Picture 21

 Tell me I am not tempted to pull out my stash of protein powder and Start Today.  Tell me.  

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