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When I retired after 40 years of writing columns for the San Jose Mercury News, I figured I'd said about all I could say. Wrong. I've realized that at age 76, I'm about 10 years older than the oldest baby boomers, who are now turning 66. My very average body has had a lot of experiences in those 10 years. I've learned a lot that could be helpful to people just starting on that same path -- what to do, what to avoid, what to keep an eye on.. Consider me your canary-in-the-coalmine for the boomer generation. Tune in regularly for the heads-up advice.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Re-solve Resolve

     It’s now well after New Year’s Day, so you’ve had plenty of time to make (and now break) those resolutions.
     No big deal.
     We run into the Resolution Regulars every year at athletic clubs across our nation. They’re packed during the first week after New Year’s, filled with people who’ve vowed to work out more regularly and get in shape. By the time the second week rolls around, their numbers already have started to thin (their bodies are another thing entirely). And by February, the crowds will be just about back to normal.
     Blame the younger, less experienced resolution makers for that. By the time people make my age – and, Boomers, yours as well – we’ve tended to learn that it’s better to be realistic. We know ourselves, our weaknesses, our limitations. We’re wise enough to not promise something that can’t be delivered.
     As a result, our resolutions – if we make any at all – are simpler and more direct. In my case, I’ve only added one additional set of 10 repetitions to my free-weight workout schedule this year. If I don’t die, I may add 10 more next year.
     That’s it. No big vows to accomplish something truly memorable (bringing about world peace, say) or promising to cut out something (like sweets) from my diet.
     Instead, I may think about ways to make the world better this year (no promises, though). I may even try to put some of my ideas into practice (on a small scale, but again no promises). And I’m not cutting anything out of my diet – or my life. I’ll eat, or try, or do, just about everything. But everything in moderation (sweets, coffee, booze, health food, fruits, tofu, foie gras, workouts – the works).
     Repeat: Everything in moderation.
     That’s a resolution I can keep.

1 comment:

  1. I'm going to try to follow your advice, about "taking it easy on resolutions", and "relaxing" on deadlines that don't matter too much, and on looking forward to what's coming up. Seems pretty simple, but I don't do it enough, and the results can be monumental--living longer and being happier. I'm in favor of this.