Quote says, “You create your own universe as you go along.” –Winston Churchill

I am postponing the start date of New Numbers because I wanted to get you over the time of year when people often make resolutions.


Let’s face it. The holidays are an exciting time that are also packed with plenty of good food, time spent with family and friends, and the nagging thought that another year has passed while you have not changed at all. We already put an inordinate amount of unwarranted pressure on ourselves during the year, and at the start of a new year, we ratchet it up even more.

This kind of strategic procrastination will help you get ahead of the dangling shoulds that are floating about. You really ought to make some resolutions. You really need to work on your weight. You really need to make an effort. You ought to be someone or something other from what you really are.

Nonsense. A wise person once told me, “Don’t should on yourself, and don’t musterbate.”

I grant you permission to use this additional portion of time to think about what it is that you really want. In terms of your physical fitness, what would feel the best for you to do?

  • Fitting into a dress or pair of pants you love? 
  • Walking or running a 5k with your daughter or best friend? 
  • Taking an inn-to-inn bike trip in Europe?
  • Playing pick-up soccer with your kids without worrying if you’re going to pass out? (Been there!)

If you’re tempted to say “lose 20 pounds,” consider this: What appeals to you about losing 20 pounds? Because losing something isn’t the essence of what you’re desiring. What you’re really after are the sculpted legs, the smaller backside, the powerhouse body or the endurance that’s been created while the pounds have slipped off.

The lost pounds are just  . . . lost. They’re not a trophy you’d want to have around.

What will you have after the pounds are dropped? Focus on those beautiful qualities instead. Picture you after 12 weeks of consistent, manageable workouts, and jot down a few notes about what you want to see. Describe what comes when you’re doing great things for yourself. And give yourself permission to try something that’s pure fun — no virtue necessary!

Take your time.