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I’m usually pretty quick with a comeback, but last week when a man asked me what my plans for 2016 were, I was tongue-tied. A new year already? was all I could think.

I realized 2016 was quickly descending upon me, but I’d been too busy to contemplate it. Or a classic case of denial? How could an entire year lapse so quickly? I’m not ready for 2015 to end. Once again, my brain will flounder as I pause before I write the number 2016 on checks and documents.

Then there’s the question of New Year’s resolutions. As far as I recall, I’ve never made one. Maybe I did when younger and got no results so I discarded that tradition.

I used to come here to work out, but decided I enjoyed walking and exercising in my basement more.

I used to come here to work out, but decided I enjoyed walking and exercising in my basement more.

Common New Year’s resolutions, such as losing weight or paying off credit card debt, seem negative and without direction or a clear-cut strategy. Getting in better shape sounds more positive but is too nebulous, as opposed to the concrete decision to walk or exercise 30 minutes a day. I actually did give up most sugar many years ago after a visit to the doctor and reading a book called Sugar Blues. I’m not recommending the book, but it seized me with the scare-factor of diabetes and general poor health.

It’s hard to cut down on chocolate when you know where it’s stashed.

It’s hard to cut down on chocolate when you know where it’s stashed.

As 2015 draws to a close, these next few days could be a time to pause and reflect over the upcoming year. Are you planning to make a New Year’s resolution? Have you made them in the past? Do New Year’s resolutions work? Do you have a better strategy for making positive changes over the next year?

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