Diet & Fitness
Saturday, 10 January 2009 17:37
By Debbie Francis
This time of year is usually a period for reflection and finding fresh solutions. I say fresh solutions because some of the old resolutions may remain undone.
Most people, apart from their initial wishes for more income, better relationships, marriage and owning their own homes, also wish for better health.
One man vowed: "For the New Year, I am going to start exercising, breathing in the fresh morning air, and I hope I will keep it up as the year goes on."
Most of the people I've spoken with have recognised by now that with better health must come some lifestyle changes. But are they willing to make the sacrifice?
As one young woman put it, "As far as I see, if you don't mean it, don't say it." She referenced the number of people who had nice sounding resolutions in 2007, but up to now, have not accomplished even two of these things.
She added, "Well for me, my biggest concern is living a healthy lifestyle. I am not saying that I will stick to everything to the letter, but I am going to try, like cutting down on my sugars, fats, and white flour. Oh how I love bread! And getting up a little early to do some walking - I will throw in that too," she said with a chuckle.
Another woman said, "All this talk about lifestyle changes these days, we are making it complicated, because if we do what we are supposed to do, so many of us wouldn't have all this sugar and pressure. Nearly everybody have sugar these days."
She even hit out at the holiday eaters: "Like this Christmas the other day, most of us overate what we were not supposed to eat, without any control. How you expect to feel when you do things like that?"
So when her friends in turned asked her, "So that means you are doing what you suppose to do?" she laughed and said "kind of".
I met a young man who incidentally was still trying to complete one of his last New Year's Resolutions, for 2007 that is.
"Well I thought I would be in my own house by now, and because money run funny, I am still here trying to complete one of my New Year's resolutions. It's kind of frustrating but I believe it will work out eventually before the year end," he said.
Another man's opinion was: "As for me, I don't have any, since it's just a way of fooling myself. Every year, we say this and say that, and sometimes we don't even start some of them, much less to complete. So I think if you are not sure that you are in a position to do what you want to do, don't go all willy-nilly saying things."
One woman said passionately, "On the eve of my 65th birthday, I have two big boys and at this age I would love to have somebody to spoil me, take care of me and be there for me... talk with me, to share my joys and my sorrow. I think I've reached the age of settling down with someone who really, really loves me, a decent companion; someone you can trust. I hope this happens in 2009 for me."
So, whatever your resolutions or plans for 2009 may be, from all indications, you have to do what it takes to make it happen, or it may not happen at all.