The Lee Side: The New Year Redux

I wish I had a nickel for every time someone asked me to reveal my New Year resolutions.

Posted on 12/28/13

By Lee Coleman

I wish I had a dime for every one I didn’t come close to fulfilling.

I’d have to break out the proverbial hammer for the piggy bank.

The best intentions are usually at the forefront of my yearly forage into the land of unrealized panaceas.

But really, what is a resolution? Is it a promise to yourself, or others, or being resolved to accomplish no matter the obstacles?

Where I come from, resolved means rasslin’ behind the tool shed until you get done what you said you were gonna do.

Even if it meant bringing a sack lunch for a long day.

However, these resolutions are an entirely different animal from another part of the swamp.

But alas, I have discovered a solution to the resolution. If you can’t keep it, don’t make it.

Instead, I’m going the way of goal setting. Don’t be fooled. They are entirely different.

A resolution creates such a sense of finality whereas a goal gives us the chance to work at it steadfastly. With an end in sight.

Or it should anyway.

For me, my perennial resolution has been to beat the battle of the bulge I have fought since my days of going shopping with my mother in the husky department.

Thanks to Liz Sillers at the clinic, she has brought my attention to a heightened need to be healthier as I get older.

Thanks Liz for the wake-up call.

Therefore, my goal for 2014 is to lose 50 pounds.

Not to lose it and be able to look behind myself and find it again, but to shed it permanently.

So, if you see me at The Bread Pan stuffing my pie hole with something tasty that won’t help me obtain my girlish figure, feel free to remind me of my goal.

All I can do is work hard at it and take it one day at a time.

And hope Diet Coke is taken off the market. Never knew a diet pop can actually cause a person to gain weight.

Talk about an Achilles Heel.

I’ll let the jury stay out on that one.

In the meantime, good luck to those who will fight the same battle this year.

One day at a time.

Today, tomorrow and next week.

Coleman is the editor of the Republican and can be contacted at