Health Resolutions

Health Resolutions

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We Americans can be so fickle. Each year, the top New Year’s resolution is to lose 010509HEALTH.jpgweight. It is also the resolution most likely to fail.


As luck would have it, all three makeover winners want to lose weight in some form or another. Caryn Miller is obese and has a goal of losing 100 pounds in 2009, Michelle Bradley is at the other end of the spectrum and just wants to firm up and Ramona Fisch is in the middle with a spare tire she’d like to leave at the junk yard this year.


“I do work out and walk every week but I am in a rut and can’t seem to get out of it,” says Miller. “Some advice on exercises specific to my body type would be useful.”


For Bradley, she played High School sports to stay in shape so she finds the gym boring. But she’s starting to notice her metabolism isn’t what it used to be and her hips, thighs and butt aren’t looking like the used to either. “I am pretty lucky in the fact that I must have good metabolism for what I eat, but it is definitely starting to catch up,” she says. “I miss the muscle tone I used to have and would like to get some of it back.


As for Fisch, her body is in menopausal misery. “I’m heavy in places no one should be. My hour glass has turned into a 0109CLAYBON_inarticle.gifwater glass.” Fisch says she gardens, bike rides and bowls once a week on a league, but it hasn’t been enough to lose weight in her mid-section. 


Doug Gibson, owner of Sensible Fitness in Blue Ash and our fabulous Cincy Chic fitness columnist, has agreed to consult with all three women and give them fitness advice to reach their goals.


Gibson’s goal is to educate and motivate people to get healthier, so he will help each woman identify her fitness hurdles and goals, while teaching them how to achieve them in a practical way.


This is also an area where Life Coach Mary Claybon with Promoting Health: The Middle Way, can help. She will capitalize on the goals Gibson sets with the women and them make them into “SMART” goals, which are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Action-oriented
  • Realistic
  • Timely


Why SMART goals? “They give you a way out. Otherwise, it becomes vague and your goals can very easily not be met,” she explains. “SMART goals move you toward your vision.”


Photo: Amy Storer-Scalia