Assignment: Give us YOUR resolutions
... too fat, too unshapely, tired of smoking ...
from the SilverStringers
We asked the Stringers to supply us with their choices for "Resolutions 2005". Six responded, but if you, our readers, would like to add your ideas, just send 'em in. Maybe we'll have a new list for the February issue.
"I will not eat!"
from Natalie Thomson
Just make a New Year's resolution.
Goodbye, dear jelly and cream cheese,
To thin the thighs above my knees.
All nuts and candies I'll give up
And sugar in my coffee cup.
Farewell to fattening mayonnaise
And chips have seen their final days.
No Danish tarts are on my menu
And eclairs have a change of venue.
If you should see me cry or brood
It's 'cause my meals have no fried food.
I'll weigh myself (if I remember)
The thirty-first of next December
When I will be four sizes less
In "jammies", skirts, and slacks and dress.
My problem then? (I'll never win!)
The wrinkles on my Senior Skin.
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A weighty resolution
from John Averell
I received an unsolicited call from my primary care physician this spring. The lab test results from my annual physical were in, and he thought it would be best if he called me direct for a well-deserved rap over the head!
It seems that my decades of overeating finally caught up with me -- he informed me that I am officially a "pre-diabetic." I had made half-hearted efforts to diet, with some success but always subsequent failure. Now I really had to make a firm resolution, and keep it, unless I wanted real trouble in the future. I've never been much good with resolutions. I gave up the New Year's thing long ago.
I weighed in at 240(!!) to start. My first visit was to the dietician at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, my HMO. She was really good. I got the message. Count total carbs carefully, since they are the biggest danger to diabetics. But watch the calories. Portion control. Eternal vigilance.
Oddly enough, once I started, it seemed to work well. Nothing works like a strong motivator apparently. In a matter of 3-4 months I was able to lose about 27 pounds, where I have stayed with a few pounds fluctuation now for a few months more.
With the new year beginning, I hereby resolve to keep it up! An occasional slip is OK, I've found, but my lifestyle has changed. Yesterday I was able to buy a pair of pants off the rack with waist size 42, for the first time in many decades. Here I am!
I intend to lose another 10 pounds in 2005. Wish me luck.
"I haven't quit yet, but making progress ..."
from Bob Ross
Well, it's that time of year again. Like most everyone, I set certain goals. Some are easy, and I keep some of them. Some get pushed under the rug, forgotten.
For years I have resolved to quit smoking. After close to 70 years, the body is adjusted and my internal clock reminds me its time to light up.
My primary resolution for 2004 was to at least cut the number of smokes I had daily, with intention of quitting completely. I did pretty good. No, I have not quit but instead of two packs plus, I am now to less than one pack... 12 to 18 per day. For me, quite an accomplishment
I note time I smoke daily, entering on calendar the next day for future reference...
No, I have not been able to completely cut the habit, but feel great progress is being made. The problem, I really enjoy smoking. This time, I think I will finally be able to stop smoking completely.
Hey, World, read this book
by Steve Johnson
A New Year's resolution is so hard to honestly establish for those of us who have been through so many years of trying to come up with one that is "doable." We are now mature enough to realize that, in most cases, it's a futile effort. But we keep trying, don't we?
So I'd like to offer a "global resolution" for all the Melrose Silver Stringers:
Read and heed a great book by Lynne Truss entitled, "Eats, Shoots & Leaves." Our editors will appreciate you having done this. Enough said.
Be kind to our neighbors
by Ella Letterie
It is perfectly fine to make resolutions at the end of the year. Resolutions are personal and subjective. I wish good luck to anyone who resolves to do whatever he or she wishes.
But when there is so much distress in the world maybe we should be thinking of others.
The world woke up last week to the news that a tsunami hit South Asia. It was caused by two tectonic plates colliding under the Indian Ocean. This collision lifted a strip of seafloor hundreds of miles long, which displaced water and started the tsunami. These waves traveled at speeds of 500 miles per hour, and reached heights of 25 feet.
This tsunami affected 11 countries.
At the last count 150,000 people have died, three times as many were injured, and millions of survivors are in need of water and food. Now there is the threat of starvation.
Maybe my resolution should be to be more kind to other people.
Fat chins, make a million, and laugh a lot
from Don Norris
Ah, resolutions. After all these years, I've been directed to write new year's resolutions. Okay, how about this:
One: This is the year I am going to make a million dollars. I don't know how, but we'll give it a try. Probably jump back into the stock market. Let's see, I've got about $47 in that fat ol' piggybank. And there's a quart of pennies in the cupboard. And Lorry's bridge winnings ....
Two: This is the year I am going to have Lahey Clinic remove that turkey gobbler thing under my chin -- that I really don't have, and did't know about until some impertinent associate made a pointed comment last week. I've already put two hundred away, and I expect change ...
Three: I'm going down to Florida this winter and help a whole bunch of cousins in Pensacola to rebuild their roofs. Florida got hit by four major hurricanes, but Ivan really whacked the panhandle. Besides, they'll have to give us room and board.
And finally, I'm going to laugh a lot more this year. The past one has been terrible, what with Mr. Bush's second war with Iraq. When I think of all those young people ...
Happy New Year, folks. May we have peace.