Yup, it’s that time of year when our thoughts turn from the visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads to the reality of them sitting on our waistline. So begins the list of New Year’s Resolutions most of us started mentally last month after the second ham sandwich and third mug of eggnog. The origin of making New Year’s resolutions dates back to the ancient Babylonians who made promises at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. I bet you were wishing your neighbor was a Babylonian so you could get your ladder back he borrowed to put up his Christmas lights. So, every year I make one resolution and that is to not make any resolutions! So far I’m batting 1,000 percent in keeping my resolutions! Why set yourself up for failure right off the bat? This year wasn’t 15 hours old and we had our first big temptation already. The Rose Bowl with our own MSU Spartans and all the food and drink that went with that watch party. Then you have the NFL playoffs that culminates with the biggest food and drink extravaganza known to men and women, The Super Bowl. The game is only about three to three and a half hours long but the pre-game is one to two weeks long. Okay, I exaggerate but soon the pre-game show will become its own version of Black Friday and start at noon on Saturday. Do you see my point? We’re only four weeks into the New Year and already most resolutions are out the window. I have solid research from the University of Scranton to back up my theory. According to their 2012 study, the number one resolution people make each year is to lose weight and only 8 percent of people making resolutions actually achieve them. See, I’m one of the 8 percent! So, go ahead if you must, make your list of resolutions. Just go easy this year and work up to some biggies next year. Here are two real easy resolutions to get you started: 1. Each time I leave my house I will be fully clothed (unless you’re reading this at a Club Med) we should all ace this one! 2. I will come to a complete stop at all red lights and stop signs (getting a little tougher for some of you huh)? Let’s all resolve to have a great 2014, something we can all agree on!
Pete Ruffing is the Sales Director at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. He and his wife of 14 years Brenda live in Okemos.