Still not too late to make your resolutions ​stick

From the Publisher by David Keyes, Laurel Outlook publisher
David Keyes
Laurel Outlook Publisher

If your New Year’s Resolution involved not making a New Year’s Resolution, you are probably one of the few who have actually kept your resolutions so far in 2017.
For the rest of us - those of us who want to watch our weight, read more, spend more time with the family, get more involved in our community and not believe everything we read on the internet – it is a little bit rough getting out of the starting gate.

If your resolution is to lose weight in 2017, you really should have a pass for this week because it isn’t fair to start something as unnatural as weight loss when there are still Christmas cookies available.
Weight loss is also unfair to people around those losing weight. Scientific studies, like those on the internet, have proven that weight is a constant in the universe. This means if one person loses a certain amount of weight, someone else near that person will inexplicitly gain that same amount of weight.
This scientific phenomenon can bounce back and forth for years between friends and families.
This is really not fair and as one Rotarian in Laurel said Tuesday, he is tired of being on the receiving end of everyone else’s weight loss.
“I don’t want to be a recipient anymore,” he said.
Another person said his goal was to lose 10 pounds in 2016 and that he only fell 20 pounds short of his goal.

Reading more is a more achievable goal. Of course, if you are reading this column you have already made a commitment to read this newspaper and to better inform yourself about what is going on in your community.

For fun, my wife gave me a copy of the first book in the Walt Longmire Mystery series of novels by Craig Johnson. She gave me the book over Christmas and I like what I have read. Next on my list is neighbor Bob Western’s book. Any suggestions?

I am trying to stay away from any political books based on the recent election as well as any spy novels. If it continues to stay cold, I might actually catch up with my pile of nonfiction books that has gotten dangerously unwieldy.
Lots of read out there but part of my resolution is to read more good stuff.
People who study the success of resolutions say that it takes commitment to make them stick and about six weeks. Those folks also give themselves a break if they miss going to the gym, etc. and jump back in without giving up on the whole goal.
New Year’s Resolutions are also a huge industry in this country. Billions of dollars are spent on miracle weight loss programs, fancy workout equipment and nip and tuck cosmetic surgeries during the first few months of every year.
What is a person to do?
How about resolve to be an even better son, daughter, spouse, neighbor, etc.?
How about thinking about moving just a little bit more every day while eating a little less those same days?
How about trying to tuck a few more dollars away each month, just in case?

That is all I have. I resolved to try to keep my editorials short and to the point in 2017 and I already blew it. I guess there is always next week…

David Keyes is publisher of the Laurel Outlook.

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