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1/4/13 10:17 A

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Making resolutions reminds me of a comment I received from a professor in grad school. We were talking about my research and I kept talking about all the things I was going to do and he finally stopped me and said "I'm not interested in what you are going to do, tell me what you've done." That has really stuck with me. So instead of making resolutions I prefer to set goals that are tangible and achievable. Be a doer and not a gonna doer. I'm far from perfect in that respect but I'm working on it.

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1/4/13 6:57 A

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I like talking intentions and goals. Most things I want to do require persistence and will have up and downs. Resolution sounds like a set up, like once we resolve, it ought to be a sure thing or we fail. Change is messier than that in my life.

Good question!

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1/4/13 5:44 A

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No resolutions for me - I always establish goals and make a plan. Resolutions seem like haphazard promises I made to myself in a moment of self-disgust emoticon Is self-disgust a real word??? It made it through Spark's spell check so I guess it exists!

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1/4/13 12:43 A

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I usually at least think about resolutions. This year all I've got formulated is to go on a grocery diet--only buying perishables (regular produce box, milk) and necessities if they run out (coffee!) for the month of January. I have plenty and I need to think creatively and use it. Also, I don't only make resolutions at the New Year. I usually have another period of resolve around September. There's that remnant of the feeling of new starts at back to school time (even though I haven't been in school for a long time) that gets me setting new goals.

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1/4/13 12:29 A

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I'm kind of like Yoda - do or not do, there is no try.

So I don't really make resolutions each year - I just decide okay now I'm going to walk more each day, or okay now I'm going to focus on nutrition. Or whatever it happens to be. And then I do it. (And tracking helps me a lot. I have a spreadsheet for my walking, which motivates me to get out and walk - my goal is 1,200 miles a year, though I'm usually a bit short of that.)

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1/3/13 9:25 P

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I don't like the word "resolution" in the New Year's context either. Fanciful ideas conceived in the party atmosphere of holidays don't usually weather well in real life, and disillusionment too easily follows. I make my goals as simple and as short term as possible, even if the eventual goal is long term, like retirement or paying off the mortgage. I have done both but it took many small goals to get here. If I had known in advance all the sacrifices it took to actually get here, I don't know if I'd have had the gumption to start. Lots of small goals add up to the big ones.

I prefer the term "resolution" in parliamentary use, rather than any personal declaration.

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1/3/13 9:01 P

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I don't like the word resolution, I thinks its wishy washy or maybe that is how I have treated it in my lifetime! I have goals and will work on them, so its all in the language or in or mind? Let's just remember to take care of one another when we fall down and need help picking our selves up! To more maintaining days................

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1/3/13 6:41 P

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I don't like the word resolution but rather use the word goals Goals can be adapted and changed along the way my long term goals never change and I have an action plan of how I plan to get to my long term goals which change every month or so If that makes any sense or not emoticon

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1/3/13 6:39 P

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I make resolutions, but I also reaffirm them daily. It's called a change of lifestyle instead of a resolution!!

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1/3/13 6:05 P

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I don't generally make resolutions specific to the new year so much as I resolve to accomplish something in the future. I did make one in late December that I'm calling a New Year's Resolution, but it is more an accident of timing than specific to that:

I resolve to find a way to volunteer and give back to my local community (without falling into the trap of being a slave bound by guilt to some group rather than a volunteer bound by a love for the people I can directly aid.)

I think part of the trouble people have with resolutions is they use them to state what they want, but then don't attach any goals or plans to them. There's a hierarchy of deciding or resolving to change something or do something new, planning how to accomplish that, and breaking it down into doable goals. (Like resolving to drive across the USA from NY to LA. The plan would involve things like having a car, deciding what time of year and what year to do it, and whether to go alone or with someone. A goal might involve calculating how much gas money and food money would be needed and starting the savings now to be sure enough is set aside in time for the planned date.)

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1/3/13 1:36 P

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The closest I come to a resolution is just to "Keep on Keeping on". What I am doing is working, and if it's not broken don't fix it!

Attitude is everything, pick a good one!

"It works if you work it, and it won't if you don't."

ONCE YOU GET THERE....DON'T GET COCKY,
IT'S EASY TO FALL RIGHT BACK DOWN.

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1/3/13 1:34 P

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I have goals in all areas of my life. Then I have developed steps on how to get there.

Every day I am on the verge of making slight changes that would make all the difference in my life.

Don't make todays choices be tomorrows regret

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1/3/13 1:25 P

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I don't have resolutions, but I do have PLANS.
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(anyone is welcome to join in the fun!)

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1/3/13 1:18 P

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I don't make resolutions so much as to have a focus for the year ahead. For me, I want to be more intentional about life and what I'm doing. Wrote a blog about that.

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I resolved to track my nutrition more accurately when I'm above goal weight. I'm still debating it in my mind, but I may also start weighing daily as a tool to maintain my weight.

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Have made resolutions but not yet formed them into specifics. Be as healthy as I can be for as long as I can be and practice standing straighter.

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Since I was successful in my 2012 resolution of getting healthy, I decided to resolve to get more balance in my life in 2013. My Fitbit has certainly helped, so I'm not always trying to figure out the best way to burn calories anymore; I'm more focused on being more active throughout the day, which I think helps eliminate the obsessive part of exercise for me.

I've also decided to go ahead and see what happens when I get to a healthy BMI, so I've got about 10 pounds to go there...

Jane

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1/3/13 12:35 P

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Happy New Year, everyone!

Just curious to hear all of your thoughts on making resolutions for the new year. I know some people find it useful to have the focus that resolutions provide, while others get discouraged when they don't keep them. Have you made resolutions for 2013 or do you find other ways of staying focused on your goals more helpful?

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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