Health resolutions I actually may keep

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

will this be Dr. H by year's end?

Will this be Dr. H by year's end?

The time has come.  The year is ending.  I have to make a choice.  I resolve to keep all 5 of yesterday’s options.  Okay, I know I am a hedger, but I believe these are doable.  I may even add to drink more alcohol (dirty look from wife).

Let’s go over my reasoning.

  1. Exercise.
    I always say it is the closest to a fountain of youth we have, and I am not getting any younger.  For me, it is an inertia thing.  Once I get started, I feel better and look forward to it.  I will try to build it up to 300 minutes per week, since a recent report showed you need, at least, 275 minutes per week to keep weight off.  An old friend, Jimmy, suggested I keep up with my miles and chart a goal, such as walking to New York in 2009. I think I may buy a pedometer at the  walking spree website and give it a go.  Jimmy uses a treadmill with an incline, but I have enough foothills here in Colorado Springs to give me a workout.
  2. Be more empathetic to my patients.
    Time and experience help this to be easier.  There is so much, in medicine, we don’t know.  Sometimes, an open mind can lead to underlying solutions.
  3. Narrow my magazine and website focus.
    I just need to find out what to narrow it down to, then use a little disciple.
  4. Never speed.
    Just for the record, I rarely do.  I am going to try to keep it under 5 mph over the limit at all times.
  5. Give my magazine managing editor less work.
    Keeping four out of five resolutions is pretty good, don’t you think?

I wish you all a Happy New Year and that you are able to keep all of your resolutions, and more.

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19 Responses to “Health resolutions I actually may keep”

  1. Dr. J Says:

    Great list, Dr. Hubbard! I will do the ones that you suggest that apply to my life, thanks!!

    Dr. Js last blog post..Dr. J’s bird brain and brawn awards of 2008

  2. Steve Parker, M.D. Says:

    Good luck, Dr. Hubbard. You can do it!


  3. cathy Says:

    An admirable list. I’ll take on your first one as well. (Oh, and we’re going to want before and after pictures from you next year!)

    cathys last blog post..Just for fun…

  4. Tom Rooney Says:

    I for one love the 1st resolution and agree with you. I may not find the urge to start my daily exercise and have taken a day or two off for no reason. But once I do the exercise I feel better and could kick myself for thinking this was a bother in the first place.

    Empathy is something we all could use a dose of with the flippant remarks that are hurled in electronic form.

    A agree that I can lose focus when on a computer and I could work on this myself.

    Very good tips and I hope you stay with them.

    Tom Rooneys last blog post..Some Dangers of Quick Weight Loss Diets

  5. FatFighterTV Says:

    Sounds like you will be busy in 2009 with that list! Happy New Year!

    FatFighterTVs last blog post..Let’s get bubbly

  6. Jolene Says:

    Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing, always fun to hear everyone’s resolutions.

  7. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Dr. J, good luck. I am guessing the exercise goal is a little light for you.

  8. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Dr. Parker,
    I like the little engine that could. I think I can, I think I can.

  9. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Thanks Tom,
    It is an inertia thing. I know I can make the time.

  10. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Fatfighter, I hope to stay busy, you are right.

  11. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Jolene, Happy New Year to you also.

  12. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Cathy, don’t you believe that is me in the photo?

  13. Rupal Says:

    Love the resolutions. Very realistic and passionate to what your underlying beliefs seem to be. I think that is the main root of developing resolutions we can stick to!

    Wishing you a happy new year & safe celebrations!


    Rupals last blog post..He’s making a list, checking it twice!

  14. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Thanks Rupal, Happy New Year to you.

  15. Mark Says:

    Quite the list! Happy New Year!

  16. Super Healthy Kids Says:

    Just got your latest magazine in the mail and love it! Thanks for so much great information.

    Super Healthy Kidss last blog post..Happy New Year

  17. jhubbard Says:

    Happy New Year Mark.

  18. jhubbard Says:

    Super Healthy, Thanks for compliment. Glad you enjoy it.

  19. John Fisher Says:

    Great ideas. My personal goal for the following year is to shed 50 lbs.

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