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Open Thread Update: Resolutions

Last time I had posted about New Years Resolutions (full column below) and it seems like it resonated with readers. Barbara L. seemed to capture the feeling many of us have about this time of year….

“Since childhood, I’ve always loved the sense of a fresh start the new year brings.”

-Barbara L. 

…along with some very ambitious goals.  Keep us posted, Barbara!

Most of the comments so far dealt with amping physical fitness and getting better habits – besides Barbara L., we see Patricia M., Juanita M. and our sponsored athlete Hollis all mentioning better habits, along with dropping some less healthy habits along the way…

“I did beat my Twizzler and Cheetos habits…” 


You go, girl!

Josephine C. is looking for more social engagement in 2022, and she certainly has an attitude we can all learn from as we enter Year Three of the Virus That Time Forgot…

“So let’s laugh, discuss life issues and just make life more fulfilling…”

-Josephine C. 

Along the way, she coined the wonderful term “zoommates” which I am totally stealing. Thanks, Josephine!

Not into resolutions for fear of not achieving them? Don’t worry, reader Michael has the answer.

“After years of resolution failure, I made a resolution that was to “never make another New Years Resolution.”  So far I’ve been able to keep that one…”

We’ll keep the comments open so feel free to add your own.

Meanwhile, a Happy and Healthy New Year to everyone!


Previous column below: 

I don’t know why I even waste the paper writing New Year’s Resolutions.  I could just recycle the one from last year. And the year before that. And the year before that.

Still I go through the exercise because I like the optimism – that this will be the year I finally:

…lose those ten…um fifteen pounds

…finally land that book contract

…get that bungalow by the beach

On the Other Hand

Resolutions like that are like dreams I aspire to, and while I don’t get all the way, I’ll take a partial victory.  I lost five pounds this year. I go to the gym at least three times a week. I had something accepted for publication by an outlet I respect. And while I don’t have a beach bungalow –yet–my good friend moved to Florida a short drive away from a beach. I take the partial win – I’m getting there!

But what about you? What are your resolutions for 2022, and what were your high points in 2021?  Let us know in the comments!


Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send your suggestions for Open Threads to her at





11 responses to “Open Thread Update: Resolutions

  1. My New Year’s resolution is to be Love and Peace on this planet and to make the world better by continuing to become who I AM .
    I resolve to sing and write and enjoy the beautiful life the Creator has given me .
    YEAH! ✌☮️
    HAPPY NEW YEAR to all.

  2. In 2021, I substituted my literary talent for musical, and have written a book, the first of a series. My resolution for 2022 is to get this book self published, followed by the second in the series. In November, I will commit to participating in National Novel Writing Month with a concept for a young adult novel. My commitment to physical activity remains strong, but with more structure than ever to help achieve my weight and physical conditioning goals. Since childhood, I’ve always loved the sense of a fresh start the new year brings.

  3. Hi – Suggestion for a future Open Thread to your readership:
    “What would your top 10 places (or top 5 places, if a smaller venue / city) be for the place where you grew up ?”

    (One answer: Applicable to NYC, the list could be alot longer as there are so many worthwhile places to visit in every one of the five Boroughs !

    Such a list could reach 10 places for EACH of the five Boroughs !

  4. Hello!
    This year I hope to make real friendships with a few of the people I meet in zoom meetings. I know that’s very specific; I have friends from 5th grade with whom I meet virtually, but I’d like to open up (carefully) to others and establish real ties with my “zoommates “.
    So let’s laugh, discuss life issues and just make life more fulfilling.

  5. I would like to be more obedient to God, maintain a healthier diet and start a low impact easy workout plan that fits me. So far I’ve seen the videos for a better diet and have written a meal plan and grocery list and I’ve visited web sites for chair yoga and low impact exercises. Still working on obedience to God but feel I should include obedience to healthier meals and simple exercise plan.

  6. I’ve made, and largely kept, the same resolution for the past five years — to exercise for an average of one hour per day. (There were other, less demanding resolutions that received less attention and commensurately less compliance, but I did beat my Twizzler and Cheetos habits!) My commitment to exercise helped me snag an appointment as a 2021 Senior Planet Sponsored Athllete, which was the honor of a lifetime. Having completed my service there, my commitment is stronger than ever. For 2022, I’m upping the ante by adding tracking sheets to my planner book so I can measure what kinds of exercise I do, how diverse and varied they are, etc. I encourage everyone to consider a resolution around some form of physical activity. It is certain to pay huge dividends.

  7. In 2021, I fell and broke my elbow not once but twice! It began in May and I still have to exercise and strengthen it every day. I finished up with physical therapy in December. In 2022, I resolve not to fall again and to continue to exercise and strengthen my arm as well as continue balance classes. I am so fortunate that I can resume my normal (pre-break) activities.

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