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A New Year’s Resolution
The beginning of a new year brings much hope to many for things like the advancement of world peace, the finding of that elusive soul-mate, going on that long-awaited trip to an exotic locale, or losing those stubborn pounds that the years have put on and the end-of-year holiday parties have contributed to.
Membership at the gym is particularly high in January due to ambitious New Year’s resolutions. The brisk increase in the number of gym enthusiasts with their flabby arms, muffin tops and ample derrieres straining to get free of their new spandex work-out gear, results in lines at the exercise machines. The new gym members are so eager to get started on taking those pounds off that they cheerfully spring onto the treadmills, the elliptical and the stationary bicycle, grunting and sweating as they strive to build muscle and lose inches. They are equally enthusiastic about doing resistance training and working with the free weights. This positive attitude prevails for the first six to eight weeks.
Come March, however, the eagerness to jump on the treadmill starts to wane, as despite those laudable resolutions, other things start interfering with the gym routine. Chocolate Easter bunnies, jelly-beans, and fudge nut eggs insinuate themselves into Easter observances and sabotage the work-out efforts of the previous two months. Furthermore, those stubborn pounds that were with the new gym members in January don’t seem to be disappearing quite as fast or effortlessly as they had thought they would.
By May, frustration has, by and large, set in, and instead of adhering to the health regimen of plenty of exercise and a low-carb diet, the allure of the barbecue has become overwhelming: delectable, high-calorie, fat-filled fare, such as ribs, burgers, potato salad and cup cakes is ubiquitous. Of course, there’s the beer that is necessary to wash it all down with. Who wants to suffer hunger pangs while watching others indulge in tantalizing summer delights? Might as well dig in!