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2012 calendarIf you’ve read any quotes by Sydney J. Harris, you know how accurately he describes and distills the essence of human behavior, particularly when it comes to making changes.

Yet here we are again – facing the approaching New Year, an especially good time to audit our personal habits and decide which ones need to be tossed, which ones need to be updated and which ones need to be strengthened.

Modifying longstanding habits isn’t easy. As Harris points out, “Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.”

But since change is necessary for most of us to reach our fitness and weight loss goals, we’d best get on with our personal assessment before another year passes us by. January 1, 2012, is a good time to adopt Pogo’s philosophy, “Now is the time for all good men to come to.”

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