The other night I heard Raymond Arroyo on Fox News say he hates making New Year’s Resolutions because they don’t make any sense, or they are signs of laziness (or something like that).

I’ve liked Arroyo since I first saw him on Fox. He’s Catholic, and was born in New Orleans. Although I wasn’t born Catholic (I converted on Father Deane’s last Sunday in Rockport when our girls were very young), I was born in New Orleans. Maybe that’s my attraction to Arroyo’s view on many subjects.

Anyway, he made what I thought was a good point.

If one wants to make a positive change in his or her life, why wait until Jan. 1?

Do it immediately.

I don’t put much stock in New Year’s Resolutions, probably because I never kept them.

A New Year’s Resolution is sort of like reading one’s horoscope at the end of the day. They always come true, on some level, if you wait until nighttime to read them. I guess that’s because our minds can do wondrous things, fitting the day’s occurrences into an astrological reading.

Depending on the complexity of a New Year’s Resolution, I imagine one can more or less say he or she kept a resolution when looking back six months into the year.

Three common New Year’s Resolutions are to lose weight, stop smoking, or cut down on one’s drinking.

Maybe only one of those three would actually be said in a crowd of unknown people.

I can see in all three of those resolutions where come June next year one could say, “I lost weight,” when in fact they did … but gained it all back.

Or, “I quit smoking (for a week!)”

For the heavy drinker, it might look like this … “Yep, back one weekend in March I didn’t drink anything, therefore, I limited my drinking.”

Since I don’t have weight issues, smoke (chewing a cigar doesn’t count), or drink I have to think a bit deeper if I’m going to come up with a New Year’s Resolution.

I remember last year about this time my wife was really pushing me to start working out with her at Rising Tide Fitness.

She had already been at it a few months, and really wanted to do it together.

Then our daughters started working on me, as well, telling me how much healthier I would be as the six grandchildren got older.

Jan. 1, 2021 passed and I didn’t sign up.

I waited the full month of January before finally making the decision that doing some type of regular physical workout, together with my wife, probably wouldn’t be a bad idea.

So, this coming Feb. 1 will be one year that I’ve worked out regularly two to three times a week. I can honestly say that I’ve never felt this good physically in a long time, and (this is a male thing), most of my large shirts are almost too tight now.

This year I’m going to take Arroyo’s advice and just try to make positive changes when they need to be made, and not put them off until a later date – like New Year’s Day.

My hope for the New Year is that I continue my training regimen, hit the one year mark Feb. 1, and continue to pace myself, and hope my ego doesn’t make me think I’m back in my prime playing sports in high school and college.

As Rising Tide owner Laci Johnson tells me, day, after day, after day, “Mr. Probst, train to train for another day.”

That’s a nice way of saying, “Mr. Probst, don’t hurt yourself.”

That just makes too much sense to accept sometime.

If you’re having a difficult time with a New Year’s Resolution this year, just try following the advice of Ralph Marston:

“There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.”

If we could all do that, just think how much happier we’d all be come Jan. 1, 2023.

Until next week, have a good week!

Mike Probst can be reached at

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