Successful resolutions always start with smaller goals

Successful resolutions always start with smaller goals

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 8:01 pm
By: By DONNA RYDER, Associate Editor

Successful resolutions always start with smaller goals | Donna Ryder, Just A Thought

It’s that time of year again. It’s time for resolutions.
Other people make them. I don’t.
Why make a resolution you know you’re likely to break? Besides, resolutions are usually some lofty tasks that are about impossible to keep when looked at as a whole.
So, I don’t make resolutions. I do have goals, though. I make them small and, hopefully, achievable. And, when I meet that goal, I make another.
I have a goal to lose weight. But, to lose weight I must first meet other smaller goals. I’ve been working on them since the week after the Obion County Fair.
I spent the two weeks prior to the fair in August preparing for the junior and adult culinary competitions. With two children of my own and two belonging to my twin sister, we are always up to our elbows in cakes, pies and cookies. After their entries are made, I finish my own. They generally include at least 18 cakes, several pies and all kinds of cookies and candies. Certain baked goods can be frozen, but others must be eaten right away. So, after judging, goodies are piled high on the table — some distributed at my work, my husband’s work and my children’s schools. The rest are eaten at home.
So, back to my goal.
The week after the fair in August, I marched right down to Health Quest in Union City and started to work exercising.
My first mini-goal — actually get out of bed to go to work out.
Mini-goal No. 2 — walk one mile on the treadmill each day and burn 100 calories on the row machine. It was taking me about 20 minutes to walk the mile, starting at three miles an hour. I was typically burning the 100 calories on the row machine in 15-17 minutes.
I was on a roll: meeting my goals and getting in at least 45 minutes of exercise each day. Then, a new goal opportunity crept its way in to my routine. As I was entering Health Quest one day, Randy O’Keefe asked me what I wanted from working out each day. I thought “dumb question. I want what most people want when they go to a gym to lose weight.” I’d actually like to get down to that lovely size 8 pants, small shirts and 110 pounds I weighed when I got married 17 years and two babies ago. When I started working out, I was wearing size 16 pants, large shirts and weighed 165.
His reply, “Have you tried weight training?” “Well, no” I said, thinking, “Yeah, some fat chick on the weights looking stupid and not knowing what in the world she’s doing. Embarrassing! I don’t think so!”
Now, with Randy’s help, I work out a different area of my body five days a week. I’m lifting 10- to 15-pound weights, shrugging 35-pound dumbbells and curling 20 pounds on the machine. My absolute favorite day (not) is Friday, otherwise known as “Legs Day.” Leg extensions, leg presses and dumbbell lunges — well, at least I have the weekend to recover.
My next goal — eating right. This one’s going to be harder than getting up every morning at 5.
Oh yeah, I’m still wearing my large shirts, but I’m down to 159 pounds and size 14 pants.
Back in October, I told you about California resident Ronald Gordon who wanted to have some fun with 10-10-TENnessee and offered prize money to those who celebrated the day in a special way. He’s at it again — this time getting people to think about “ones.” Yes, ones, as in 1/1/11, 1/11/11 and 11/11/11.
He’s seeking the best short stories and poems to celebrate those days. Each must begin with “Ones Upon a Day.” “Have fun, be creative and cleaver, and maybe you’ll be one of our winners,” he said, adding 11 people will each win $11.11. “We won’t make you rich, but you can always brag about how ‘Ones Upon a Day’ you won a contest.
The deadline for the next story day is Tuesday, so start writing and submit your entries at!/event.php?eid+142854425769096&index+1 or on Facebook search for Story Day Contest. Entries may also be e-mailed to or mailed to Box 5133, Redwood City, CA 94063.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at

Published in The Messenger 1.7.11


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