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