A resolute New Year

Every year we write something here about New Year’s resolutions, hoping to inspire others into being better, happier, healthier people. Unfortunately, the best way to inspire others would probably be to report a few more personal successes than we generally do.

So far public embarrassment has not been enough of a stick to actually make us toe the line, exercise some discipline and actually keep a few resolutions. By the way, discipline was not the only thing we failed to exercise in 2018.

But, we digress. Once again we’ll begin with a recap of last year’s resolutions. It is important to begin with one that actually worked or was kept. Remember — accomplishments are good, failures are bad.

So . . . an accomplishment. We are very pleased to report we did not have a relapse and begin smoking again. That makes 41 straight years since we quit in 1977 that we’ve been able to say, “Did not have a cigarette all year long.”

Our first resolution this year is “No cigarettes in 2019.”

Let’s see . . . a failure. Last year, we resolved to lose weight. Unlike some years, we didn’t specify a number — just “weight.”

We’d refer you back to the line about discipline not being the only thing unexercised in 2018. We have reported here previously we moved the exercise bike out to the garage in back of some lawn tools we haven’t touched in a couple of years. The exercise bike was joined in the garage by a treadmill. The only member of the family who used the treadmill with any regularity was the cat.

So, weight loss in 2018 was a failure — but not as bad as previous years. We actually are 3 pounds lighter than the end of 2017. A particularly nasty old piece of chicken from the refrigerator last week undoubtedly helped but, hey, a loss is a loss.

Weight loss remains an opportunity for 2019. It may look a bit iffy, but we’re putting it down as a resolution anyway.

Two resolutions are plenty for one person. The same number as 2018.

Probably the only way we can lose weight permanently is to start smoking again. But . . . that would drag us down to a 50 percent success rate . . . again.

Keeping New Year’s resolutions is hard.

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