I can’t even remember if I set a New Year’s resolution last year.  If I did, it was soon forgotten, like most resolutions I would imagine.  For 2017, I’ve decided to set just a few goals.  I tend to set general goals instead of specific tasks.  For instance, I like to say “I’m going to get healthy” instead of “I’m going to lose 50 pounds.”  When I set that goal, I had no idea what getting healthy was going to mean.  I just let it play out.  You take baby steps and just see where it leads you.

Pre-NYE shenanigans!

For 2017, I’ve decided to try to be a nicer person and to reduce my alcohol intake during the week.  If you’re a runner or cyclist, you know that we tend to exercise like crazy then head out for a beer afterwards.  Those calories negate the workout!  With an ambitious race calendar this year, I need to become more disciplined in my training regimen.  That means dumping most booze during the week and buckling down to achieve my race goals for the year.

One of the fun, and most annoying, things about the new year, is seeing at all the Resolutionaries in the gym as the new year starts.  I belong to Golds.  Every January you see an influx of new people trying to stick to their weight loss goals they made last December.  It’s hard to complain about this mass of humanity that has invaded my special place.  On one hand, it’s wonderful to see people trying to get into shape.  A healthy person benefits us all.  If more people get healthy, it reduces all of our healthcare costs and social services expenses.

But on the other hand, waiting and hour for a lane in the pool or looking at the treadmill area where lines could be 2-3 deep at each treadmill is a daunting site.  I’m thinking I will just have to buy more winter running clothes and head outdoors, no matter the weather.  In all reality, I should be doing that anyway.

Over the years I’ve set and ignored resolutions.  But in 2012, when I decided to get healthy, I kind of figured out how to work the resolution puzzle for my personal situation.  As stated above, I keep it vague and let the pieces fall into place.  That means I don’t necessarily have to start into the goal on January 1st.  I can let it stew in my head for a while and get a grasp on implementation.  I can tell you that my exercise resolutions are much easier now because I have a grasp on how to implement each one.  It’s not like I’m going in blind.

It will be interested to get to October or November of this year and see where I stand.  I’ll be 50 this year and one of my goals is to complete a full Ironman distance triathlon.  That goal becomes easier to accomplish when you write that insane registration check.  You must complete the goal!

Anyway, good luck with all your goals this year.  And if you’re a gym resolutionary, may your lines be short and your treadmill dry!  You’ll understand that when you step on the treadmill after that long line!

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