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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.”

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 3 months ago

Put photos of the old folks at home up on the fridg to know what you're in for. Nothing like that good home cookin to fatten you up. Knowin you'all bee lookin at 225 by 50 and a long life in a nursin' home at the guvnments expense shoud look mighy good to us up heeya. Nun ofem Hamtun tennis co-uts fo us Kscajuns.

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H_Lecter 7 years, 3 months ago

Jonas, Thanks for thinking of my health.

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

H_L

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budwhysir 7 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.

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beatrice 7 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. ;- )

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 3 months ago

Bea - Your trite jealousy is quite transparent. Bejing is business. The rest if fun.

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Gootsie 7 years, 3 months ago

Beatrice - CLASSIC!!! AWESOME!

I feel as if we have bond-ed.

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Ceallach 7 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!!

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beatrice 7 years, 3 months ago

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

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Bone777 7 years, 3 months ago

Hellooooooooo Sue.

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

Thialand, maybe?

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sunflower_sue 7 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.)

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 3 months ago

Sue -

Oh, my dear peasant. You must work for my elite and very large multinational corporation in order for those perks. You midwestern peons with your retail and service jobs couldn't possibly think you are entitled to the perks my company provides. Allrighty then. Ta ta. I'm off to Aspen then Bejing and then Paris.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 3 months ago

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

What? are you calling me?

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 3 months ago

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

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 3 months ago

Ceal,

Been lingering in the TP isle too long? Mr Whipple chasing you around the store yelling "don't squeeze the Charmin®"?

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Ceallach 7 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!!

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jonas 7 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?

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Bone777 7 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'.......

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Bone777 7 years, 3 months ago

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

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Pywacket 7 years, 3 months ago

Trinity~ You've got a deal! Let's hook up with Bone777, who sounds like a kindred spirit, and by the middle of next week we should have nothing left in our fridges and pantries but lean, virtuous nibbles.

After a shopping trip (lots of time in the produce aisle) even Cubby BROCCOLI would be proud to sit down to eat with us. Bwahahaha

Here's another idea. The People asks that someone could "shed some light" for him... How about some of us line up (facing south to maximize reflected sun) and shoot a beautiful ensemble moon(raker) in The People's general direction. I'm sure he'd be dazzled by the light from that display of fat-***es. Who's with me?

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 3 months ago

West Coasters have no humor and that's why they die sooner. Now off to my teeth whitening session paid for by my company.

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The_People 7 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.

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Bone777 7 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!!!!!!!!

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The_People 7 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.

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trinity 7 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.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 3 months ago

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

The People

Sounds like a lot of West Coast spite to me.

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The_People 7 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.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 3 months ago

Whoowee. Came back all cleaned out which is good since The People / KS Ex Pat is still throwing out ignorant spite.


R_I - Lots of garlic.

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The_People 7 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 â health or longevity.

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Bone777 7 years, 3 months ago

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

I have found that three weeks = HABIT

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Bone777 7 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.

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beatrice 7 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.

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Pywacket 7 years, 3 months ago

S-S~ I was afraid that the last reference might get me kicked out, but maybe the LJWers are 007 fans and knew that the comment was entirely innocent. (bat bat)

I made great strides toward that 007 weight loss by finishing up the chex mix that was still lurking in the kitchen. (looking around) Now what? Some dastardly eggnog hiding in the fridge--better polish that off so it won't cause any more trouble. Stash of chocolate: ditto.

I'll start tomorrow. Promise. Or... just take Sgt's advice. Then I can blame him. ;-)

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 3 months ago

sue, A "food snob" should never feel the need to conceal it under a hoodie. Openly display that phrase on your chest.

And when you speak of me, speak kindly.

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The_People 7 years, 3 months ago

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

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 3 months ago

Ceal, Welcome back.... Missed you on the board... Remember to take care of yourself too...

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innocuous_posts 7 years, 3 months ago

Maybe T_O_B is getting the Goldfinger Special today.

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sunflower_sue 7 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!

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Ceallach 7 years, 3 months ago

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

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Ceallach 7 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.

Ceal

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bevy 7 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...

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H_Lecter 7 years, 3 months ago

Chain them up in the basement?

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 3 months ago

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

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 3 months ago

T_O_B,

Which high colonic is on the menu, wheatgrass & coffee or garlic & herb?

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Pywacket 7 years, 3 months ago

Bea~ I am shaken AND stirred by your brilliant idea.

If I Never Say Nacho again, and strive to Diet Another Day, by next New Year's no one will ever call me Pudgy Galore again!

Of course... If my husband had the physique of James Bond, it would be easier for me to sweat off MY excess Bond Girliness. But I hereby resolve that a dedicated M(e) can strike Gold(finger) with or without the help of Plenty O'Toole.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 3 months ago

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

Holy Hot Damn! KS Ex Pat is back! Speaking of which, it's Wednesday so I'm off to get my company sponsored massage and enema.

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beatrice 7 years, 3 months ago

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

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The_People 7 years, 3 months ago

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

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ms_canada 7 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"

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trinity 7 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??? :)

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person_of_interest 7 years, 3 months ago

Why is Jan. 1st a good time to start a weight loss program?

Why not August 11th?

Or April 29th?

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sgtwolverine 7 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.)

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conceptual_continuity 7 years, 3 months ago

i suppose it would depend on which shape you want to become.

personally, i'm working on truncated tetrahedron

http://www.astrolog.org/home/pic/geometrc.gif

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 3 months ago

Sarge - I have the same question RonBurgandy does.

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Sagecasey 7 years, 3 months ago

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

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RonBurgandy 7 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.

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sunflower_sue 7 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.

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innocuous_posts 7 years, 3 months ago

When you feel hungry, think of Donald Trump & Rosie O' Donnell wrestling in a pit of prairie squid. Kills the appetite every time.

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trinity 7 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?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 3 months ago

I guess I should have set my google preferences to SafeSearch before googling "hand to mouth"...

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Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years, 3 months ago

good one jonas. I agree with sgtwolverine.

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 3 months ago

Don't make the resolution in the first place.

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juscin3 7 years, 3 months ago

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

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jonas 7 years, 3 months ago

Hire someone to chase you with attack dogs.

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Richard Heckler 7 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.

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Gootsie 7 years, 3 months ago

Cheese ones, Harley?

And I agree with Brett.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 3 months ago

Helga's House of Pain Personal Training.

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classclown 7 years, 3 months ago

Keep eating. Round is a shape.

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