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What is the best way for someone to keep their resolution of getting in shape?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on January 3, 2007

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“Just force yourself to get up and do it. It’s kind of a mental thing. If you can do it for two weeks, it will become a habit.”

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“Get a membership and a personal trainer, and stop eating fast food and drinking pop.”

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“I always put my resolutions on the refrigerator or somewhere that I know I’ll see it every day.”

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“They shouldn’t set their goals too high. Keep them realistic and take baby steps.”


Linda Aikins 11 years, 3 months ago

Cheese ones, Harley?

And I agree with Brett.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 3 months ago

Don't make the resolution in the first place.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 3 months ago

Don't think it is necessary to run a four minute mile. It will take time. Consistent walking,swimming or cycling plus cutting back on food will get you there. Throwing in suggestions by Gootsie and Harley should make the road to getting in shape fun.

jonas 11 years, 3 months ago

Hire someone to chase you with attack dogs.

juscin3 11 years, 3 months ago

Does hand to mouth count for exercise? If so, I'm in!

trinity 11 years, 3 months ago

i'm with class clown! i'm more oval, though. ;)

why do i need to get/keep in shape when i already gots one?

sunflower_sue 11 years, 3 months ago

Have them realize that they'll never be the "shape" they were 20 years ago. Concentrate more on keeping the vital organs in shape. Regular Dr. visits are the best. A good Dr. will tell you like it is.

ip, thanks. I just needed to be reminded of that shot of Rosie and the Donald on Leno last night and I don't think I'll eat for the rest of the day.

RI, wore my "food snob" T out last night. No one spotted me. 'Course, it was covererd by a hoodie which might have had something to do with it.

RonBurgandy 11 years, 3 months ago

sgt - what's with the Lions and their love for Matt Millen? Off the subject, but that perplexes me more than the ? of the day.

Sagecasey 11 years, 3 months ago

RonBurgandy - Who else would want the Lion's job?

sgtwolverine 11 years, 3 months ago

Ron, that is perhaps the most perplexing question facing the world today. And sadly, I don't think any rational person has an answer. I have no idea why the Fords think Millen is a capable GM (I do enjoy the humor in that statement, by the way). It seems impossible to explain the continued loyalty to a man whose tenure has been marked by a startling amount of failure -- and a man whose record continues to decline.

I told a friend of mine that I wanted to start working for the Fords, because no matter how badly I performed, I'd still have a job. My friend told me I'd probably get fired for doing something right at some point.

Slightly less perplexing is Millen's declaration that he will never quit (something he actually said publicly, apparently in total ignorance of the almost universal opinion of him held by Lions fans). He is mostly likely a proud, stubborn man who is determined to succeed. And while those qualities are not inherently bad, they are terrible when combined with an inability to recognize failure. Millen has given no signs of getting the job done in Detroit, but he seems to believe that he will eventually get it done, despite a lack of evidence to support that belief.

Of course, the Fords have been no better, supporting Millen for no apparent reason other than blind loyalty. To make matters worse, security personnel at Ford Field have squelched the fans' efforts to express their opinions at games; fans carrying "Fire Millen" signs have been told to put them in the garbage before finding their seats. There are ways for the Fords to gain fan support, but squelching criticism of a failure they still blindly support is not one of them.

Don't get me wrong: I think a GM should be given time to turn around the mess that is the Lions. Dombrowski got time to work with the Tigers, and he actually engineered a revival of the Tigers. But Millen has had time to work with the Lions, and they have shown no progress. (Plus, Dombrowski actually had prior experience working with bad teams. Millen has prior experience with, uh, bad broadcasters.)

trinity 11 years, 3 months ago

didn't richard dreyfuss write a book about baby steps? oh no wait-it was his character in that movie "what about BOB", wasn't it??? :)

ms_canada 11 years, 3 months ago

Keeping in shape is a mental process, that is true. A good sense of humour is helpful. Here is your bit of levity for today. Albert Einstein once wrote, "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has it's limits"

The_People 11 years, 3 months ago

Move out of the Midwest, where most people are fat and are heartily supported by their fat friends.

beatrice 11 years, 3 months ago

Just keep asking yourself, "What would James Bond do?" This year is '007, after all.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 3 months ago

Py: when it comes to dieting, just say (Dr.) No!

bevy 11 years, 3 months ago

Good to know I'm not the only one who has trouble motivating him/herself to do the diet thing. I'm going to try to get back on my exercise program and cut down on the carbs. Worked last time. If I don't call it a diet then I won't crave chocolate so much.

Made my same resolution as every other year: Not to make a resolution.

The year of 007 sounds great to me. Excuses to watch young Mr. Connery. IMHO, the only one WORTH salivating over. Though Mr. Brosnan is in the running...

Ceallach 11 years, 3 months ago

What a great day to return!! I like clown's way of thinking! The older I get the more acceptable truncated tetrahedron becomes :) BABY STEPS LOL!!!! My all time favorite feel good and laugh a lot movie . . . What about Bob? Ahoy! Ahoy! I'm sailing!! Can't forget our ms_c and her truisms :) "no limits" T_P forgot healthy, "their fat, healthy friends" (we do live longer than coasters on either side).

Daughter's doing well for this stage of treatment, her radiation begins near the end of this month. Thank to all for the kind thoughts and prayers. She may be grown up to the world but she's still my little girl . . . please continue to pray for her.


Ceallach 11 years, 3 months ago

Connery is definitely #1 (he's a Celt, donchaknow :)

sunflower_sue 11 years, 3 months ago

Ceal, good to see you back! Glad all is going well. I continue to tuck you both in at night!

Py, that was great!

The_People 11 years, 3 months ago

Ceal: Fat = Healthy? Are you kidding me? Great example of the Midwestern thought process.

beatrice 11 years, 3 months ago

Great stuff Py -- don't forget the other Bond diet films, including Live and Let Diet, Diets are Forever, and The Living Diets. Other food-related Bond films include the early On Her Majesty's Secret Room Service, From Russia with Love Handles, and For Your Thighs Only. And there was the Spy Who Loved Meat, with the related Licence to Grill, as well as A View to a Grill.

Bone777 11 years, 3 months ago

Getting locked up in prison seems to work. Those guys have set meal times and work out all the time.

I would be interested to see what the obesity rates in the joint are.

Bone777 11 years, 3 months ago

Brett Knight (a.k.a. Danny Bonaduce) -

I have found that three weeks = HABIT

The_People 11 years, 3 months ago

Ceal, As far as US longevity rankings, with 1 indicating the highest age expectancy and 50 the lowest: CA=10, OR=17, WA=13 MA=5, NH=6, CT=4, NY=19 KS=23, MO=38, IL=33, IN=37 The South, which is the fattest region in the US, is a complete train wreck, scoring even higher. Fat รข health or longevity.

The_People 11 years, 3 months ago

With all due respect, TOB, what I posted was not ignorant, nor spiteful. It happens to be lifesaving, factual information, quite contrary to Ceal's rediculous assertions, facts that more people should take into consideration.

What is alarming to me is the refusal of fat people to acknowledge the danger they are putting themselves into, along with the eventual, inevitable financial burdon they will become to society as a result of their deteriating health.

trinity 11 years, 3 months ago

hey py-i'll make you a deal; c'mon over&help ME cleanse my house of all holiday tempting treats-i've got tons of stuff, GOOD stuff-left! and i'll come help ya with yours! ;)

the_people, fer gawd's sake-lighten up! ha! hahaha! i just made a funny, lmaooooooooo...

ceal, {{hugz}} for you&your "still little girl"! you's are in my thoughts&prayers.

The_People 11 years, 3 months ago

TOB, I can see how that would appear to be, and that was not very fair of me. There are a lot of values and qualities that Midwestern people have that you would be hardpressed to find consistantly in other regions. Wide, sweeping generalizations are seldom fair and typically are the ingredients in lazy argumentation. Point taken.

I still, however, have great concern at the seeming acceptance and at times outright support of a very real, growing problem of obesity. I don't get how that somehow is cool out here, like some kind of badge of value. Perhaps you could shed some light on that.

Bone777 11 years, 3 months ago

The People - could you write some more neat stuff. I just polished off my second box of twinkies and now I want bacon.

I'll need something to read. Oiinnnkkk, Oiinnnkk, suuueeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!

The_People 11 years, 3 months ago

haha, nice Bone;

Actually, with that kind of skill, there is an open call for actors in the new remake of Deliverance where you might find an outlet for that rare blending of energy and technique.

Bone777 11 years, 3 months ago

Deliverance??? Well aw right, cause I sure got a purty mouth.......

Bone777 11 years, 3 months ago

Ceal - I am usually just a big wise-cracker, but your "great day to return" post and your comments about your daughter made me misty. I hope the best for you and your family. I will be praying for you and I don't pray as much as I should.

Now back to wise-crackin'.......

jonas 11 years, 3 months ago

Pywacket: We could call if @$$s for the people, and it would sound almost noble.

You know who the real victim here is of the obesity epidemic? H_Lecter. I mean, he can't choose his primary food supply, so as everybody in the midwest gets fatter he's not going to have as many options for leaner, lower cholestorol meat.

Won't someone think of H_Lecter?

Ceallach 11 years, 3 months ago

Thank you, Bone. All y'all seemed pretty content this morning, thought my healthy comment might liven things up :) No, no, no, I do not support obesity . . but I gotta say, I'd rather spend my time with a "fluffy" midwesterner than with an uptight, look at my abs, I eat soy because it's easier to throw up-er from any part of the country!! Let's face it there's something to be said for "squeezably soft." --- and no T_P, I don't mean fall in and can't find your way out fat :)

Man, have I missed the board. It's extremely difficult (not to mention down right mean) to initiate or participate in such engaging conversations at a hospital!!

sunflower_sue 11 years, 3 months ago

TOB, I'm interested in this co. sponsored teeth whitening session...

sunflower_sue 11 years, 3 months ago

"suuueeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!" -Bone777

What? are you calling me?

sunflower_sue 11 years, 3 months ago

TOB, how incredibly mean! tear hits keyboard Peasant? Moi? cracks up OK, yeah, you're right. I am the primo example of a midwestern peon...but I do have white teeth. :D Have fun on your trip! (Wish I could go someplace exotic.)

Bone777 11 years, 3 months ago

Hellooooooooo Sue.

TOB - wasn't KsExPat's company in Bangalore, Bangledesh, Banglading, ahhhh Phucket!

Thialand, maybe?

beatrice 11 years, 3 months ago

Visiting Bejing in January, and he has the audacity to call others peasants? Please!

Ceallach 11 years, 3 months ago

Or, maybe I was Mr. Wipple's nemesis. It's possible! There's something comforting about squeezing the Charmin :) Is that because I live in the mid-west? Or just because I'm odd? . . . Probably both!!

Linda Aikins 11 years, 3 months ago

Beatrice - CLASSIC!!! AWESOME!

I feel as if we have bond-ed.

beatrice 11 years, 3 months ago

TOB, certainly anyone truly significant would send underlings to Bejing in January. I believe I once read that in Emily Post.

Gootsie, I do try. ;- )

budwhysir 11 years, 3 months ago

I have this one figured out. After numorus years of making this resolution, I finaly found the best possible way to make and keep this resolution.

I resolve to never make getting into shape a new years resolution. I make it a birthday present to myself. I make it a anniversary present for my other half. Anyhow, I am never upset at myself for breaking a resolution.

H_Lecter 11 years, 3 months ago

Jonas, Thanks for thinking of my health.

Say, does the wife ever bring you any good scraps home?


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