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The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter, Issue #363. Resolve
January 01, 2024

Happy New Year

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? The subject came up recently at a family dinner. Some of us said they do and some don’t. I fall into the “don’t” category. That doesn’t’ mean that I’m right and others are wrong. It’s just not my way.

Here are my thoughts.

Everyone knows that many New Years resolutions soon fall by the wayside. However, if one is going to make a resolution, there’s a way to go about it that shifts the odds in favor of success.

Some years ago, my wife told me the New Year’s Day homily at church was about making resolutions, and the difference between true resolve and wishful thinking. Briefly, a serious resolution must be specific and, of course, truly committed to; otherwise, it is only wishful thinking.

As she explained the homily in more detail, I was reminded of Bill Phillips’ formula for resolve and goal setting in his best-selling book, Body for Life. He advised . . .

  • Setting a realistic, attainable goal.
  • Writing it down.
  • Setting a deadline for reaching that goal.
  • Setting weekly short-term goals that incrementally get you to your long-term goal.

My own suggestions are similar to his:


Keep a fitness notebook to provide order and efficiency to your workouts and your life. A simple three-ring binder with some index tabs works fine. Keep it simple, but keep it current.

Title for first section “Goals.” On page one, write out what you want to accomplish, and when you intend to do it. Be serious, but also realistic, by setting an attainable goal for a determined person. Be sure to set an exact date you intend to reach your goal.

The second step is to set short-term goals. Don’t overlook this part. You reach major objectives by incrementally reaching smaller ones. Many people set new short-term goals at the beginning of each week (I will lose 2-pounds by next Sunday, for example). Setting new goals every week is a good way to stay on track. At the end of the week you can say, “I did it!” and feel a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

Some people even tape their goals list on a mirror or wall so they see them every day. If it helps, why not do it? Whenever you reach a short-term goal, check it off the list, and write in the actual date you reached it.

Incrementally, you are closing in on your long-term goal. Once you reach a long-term goal, set a new one. Keep repeating the process. Structured goal setting is the “secret” of many successful people.

Without a plan, what many people call a resolution amounts to nothing more than an unfulfilled dream. A fantasy.

Do you plan on making a resolution about your fitness (or anything else)? Genuinely serious people of any age who are determined can find success. With a realistic goal and resolve, amazing things can happen.

Discover the workout information you’ll need to make a serious fitness resolution right here.

Stay healthy. Stay Fit.


Senior Exercise Central

Photographs: Subscribers have asked when the newsletter photo at the top of the page and my website pictures were taken. Well, I was a mere 70 years old then. I’m 87 now. Though I remain active, I am no longer nearly as strong or muscular as I was 17 years ago. —LF

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Logan Franklin
The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter

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