There are differing opinions on the value of making New Year's Resolutions. Some of the most common ones are, lose weight, quit smoking, get in shape, get out of debt, spend more time with family, etc. When we look at this list, most of us would say that these are wonderful resolutions. If that is the case, why is it that so few accomplish their stated goals?
Years ago I saw a quote and I liked it so much I printed it and put it on the refrigerator. The quote read, "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels." If that is true, then why is obesity a major problem in the USA? As one who has fought the proverbial "Battle of the Bulge" most of my adult life, I think I have an insight they may or may not be the core of the problem. Although thin may feel better than the food I want tastes, I can achieve instant gratification from a double-dip sundae, a slab of ribs or a super-sized meal at the fast-food restaurant. On the flip-side, it takes weeks, months and in truth years to achieve the feeling of "thin." And when I say "thin," I am thinking more in terms of simply being in good, physical shape.
When Shirley and I moved to Rwanda in 2011, in the container we shipped with our household goods was an elliptical--a machine designed to provide exercise and burn calories. I was 65 years old and my weight fluctuated between 215 and 225. I often joked that according to the weight charts I wasn't overweight but I was 17 inches too short. After six months in Rwanda, my weight was at 220 and my elliptical was a dust catcher. When Shirley went to the states for the birth of a grandchild, I had a couple of months to myself and I decided to do something about my shape, which at the time was 'round.'
At the age of 66 I resolved to get my body in better shape. I cut back on my food intake, started exercising everyday, and weighed myself every monring. I will turn 70 in 6 weeks and I still fight the battle of the bulge. However, the battle lines have changed from 215-225 to 175-185. We all know that any plan to get in shape must include exercise as well as good eating habits. Getting on the scale every morning is not required and some even advise against it. However, for me it was and is vital. The scale is my 'accountability partner.' It tells me the truth even when the truth hurts. There are times I do not eat healthy and/or eat too much. There are other times my exercise regimen is inconsistent. However, I diligently stay in touch with my accountability partner who, by the way, keeps our time together confidential.
So my simple key for you who are making resolutions is this. Find an accountability partner who will be honest with you and check in with him/her regularly. If this helps one person, I will be happy. I pray that 2016 will be a blessed year for you and what you resolve will come to pass.
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