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Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year

How time flies. It seems like just yesterday we made new year’s resolution for the year 2010. Now here we are making new ones, or renewing old ones, for the year 2011. I have more than my fair share of resolutions broken and goals that were not attained.

I have some wins and some failures, but failures always seem to outnumber wins. It is just how it is. What’s important is to reflect and see what we can or could have done better. And no, it’s not always about persistence or perseverance.

Yes, perseverance¬† is important. It is what separates the winners from the rest of us. However, remember too about what they say about the definition of stupidity being doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If something is not working, and you feel you’ve given it reasonable time time and effort, maybe it’s time to change strategy. Try a different exercise routine, for instance, or supplement regimen.

Not everything works for everyone. Once someone I know at the gym started achieving what I thought were dramatic results in building muscle. I had seen him train, and he was using light weights (like 25ibs dumbbells for shoulder raise). Yet he was really growing. I asked him what was working for him and he told me isometrics.Without going into details, let’s just say that when I tried isometrics as he showed me, I did not get anywhere near the results this guy was getting.

Part of the reason is that his training system required constant supervision for a reasonable period of time in order for one to “grasp” it. But that’s another story. The point is that it did not work for me. I simply went back to what I knew worked for me.

Was I wrong in trying something new? No, I was not. Sometimes we have to do this to keep growing, to discover new things and push the envelop. It might work, it not work, or it might not work well. You can only find out by trying.

Back to those new year resolutions, if you attained any of them, congratulate yourself. Even if it’s just one of many. Savor every little win; we need it to keep going and to convince to ourselves that we can do it. It is good for our psych. As for the broken ones, don’t beat yourself about this. It might help to reflect and find out what went wrong. What you did that you should not have done or, conversely, what did not do that you should have done. However, you should not dwell on this. Take them as lessons and move on. Remember everyday is a new year and the beginning of the rest of your life.

Wishing you happy holidays and a prosperous, healthy new year,

David Kamau

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