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This is the year I’ll stick to that resolution

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

General Manager

I’m terrible at keeping resolutions. But then, I imagine that most people are.

Like many people, I’ve made a variety of New Year’s resolutions over the years. They’ve ranged from the standard resolutions to exercise more and lose weight to trying to get the dishes done at the end of each day.

I came close to making it this year — I somewhat silently resolved to exercise more. A couple of weeks later, I took the first step toward that and bought a mini-stair stepping machine.

The idea of the machine appealed to me because it was something I could put just about anywhere in the house and use, which means I could use it while watching the television.

The first few ventures on the stepper were quite an experience. I wasn’t sure I’d make it past the first five minutes — was I really that out of shape?

Yes, indeed I was. But I worked my way up to doing 30 minutes at a time, and even tried 60 minute stretches.

For about a month over the summer, I actually managed to use the mini-stepper every day. And the results showed, I lost 10 pounds.

I slept better, no matter how stressed I was. If I was upset or angry, I’d hop on the stepper for an extra 30 minute session and, as I joked with my friends, step out my demons.

And then ... I stopped. I couldn’t tell you why. Maybe I got busy, but it was around the time the remnants of Hurricane Ike rolled through the county. That corresponded to my last hike up at Clifty Falls State Park, and to that point, the mini-stepper helped me to keep my hiking legs.

But it was around that time, too, that I realized I’d worn my poor $40 mini stepper out. The pistons that made the pedals work didn’t have resistance anymore. In short, though I spent 30 minutes on the thing, I wasn’t getting a workout anymore.

Sure, I ordered a new one — one that featured adjustable resistance — but between the death of the first stepper and the arrival of the new one, I lost my oomph.

So, with the new year, I resolved to take another crack at it. Maybe not every day, but at least four days a week I’ll hop on the mini-stepper for a 30 minute workout.

And this year, regardless of the weather conditions, I resolve to walk the dogs more. It’s good for them and me, and they certainly enjoy getting out and sniffing around the neighborhood.

If you’re making new year’s resolutions, I wish you luck. May we all reach our goals in 2009!

Jonna can be reached at editor@hclocal.com