New Year's Resolutions – Revisited

Three months ago, I decided, just like millions of my closest friends, I would make a couple of New Year’s Resolutions.

Admit it, you made some too. What was it? To lose more weight? Make more money? Have more fun?

We’re halfway into our third month of the year, the questions is, have you kept them? I would venture to guess that over 80 percent of those annual promises have been discarded long before now.

I am happy to say that both of mine remain in tact and hopefully will continue as habits, forever ingrained in the fabric of how I live my life.

I, too, made a resolution to lose weight, not so much because I feel extremely obese, but mostly because I believe the less you weigh, the faster you can run.

I mean, if you think about that using simple physics, it makes sense that all things being equal, moving a heavier object takes more energy and with less weight, using the same energy, you would be able to move that object faster, right?

A friend of mine once told me he read a study stating that for every pound you lose, you will gain two seconds per mile in speed, all things being equal.

I also subscribe to the saying, “That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the nature of the thing has changed, but our power to do has increased.” That would suggest the longer we persist, the faster we go, right?

We’ll see.

When I seriously started running in 2003, I weighed 210 pounds. Within a year or so, I had dropped to 180. In 2008, I accomplished all the running goals I had set up to that point, but I found that I could never quite break the 180-pound mark.

On Jan. 1, 2011, I checked in at 192 and made a strong commitment to break the 180-pound mark this year by losing a pound a week for 20 weeks, which would plunge my weight deep into the 170s. The real goal is to remain somewhere between 170 and 179.

If you have ever spent any time in a running program lasting longer than a week, you know that running should never be used as the only way to drop weight. It doesn’t work.

You heard me, using running as your only method of losing weight won’t work.

My doctor explained that fact to me years ago and I didn’t believe him. Until in 2008, after running six marathons in six months, I had gained, like, 10 pounds in the same timeframe.

With that in mind, I started a more sophisticated and realistic plan, and so far, it seems to be working. We’re about 11 weeks in and I’m about 11 pounds faster.

However, to use a running metaphor, I get the feeling I am about to “hit the wall,” – that barrier of 180 pounds.

I would love to hear of your success stories this year, and others if you care to post them. I could use some motivation, and a few less Girl Scout Cookies.

Brian Nicholson has completed marathons from Boston to Beijing, a host of Ragnar relays, and has developed a keen taste for all things Gu.

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