Fort Polk Guardian 12-28-2018

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Jarrett Thomas II Garrison commander Kim Reischling Information strategies officer Chuck Cannon Editor Jean Dubiel Angie Thorne Staff writers Editorial Offices Building 4919, Magnolia Street Fort Polk, LA 71459-5060 Voice (337) 531-4033 Fax (337) 531-1401 Email: Trading post ads: Fort Polk Homepage Advertising For advertising contact (337) 404-7242 Email: sales In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk residents, "Are you a morning or night person?" Here are their responses: Chris Jennings: "I'm a night person. My body does not wake up be- fore 7 a.m." Guardian Dec. 28, 2018 Bobbi Jamerson: "I'm a reluctant morning person. FORT POLK, La. —Well, it’s that time of year again, the time when most of us make our new year’s res- olutions, and within a week or two, fall completely off the wagon. Whether it’s losing weight, in- creasing our workout schedule, spending more time with family (and less with friends) or reading more, odds are we start out with good intentions and lofty goals, but invariably fail. Studies show there are sever- al reasons why we fall short in our attempts to keep resolutions on track: Going it alone Whether it's quitting smoking, im- proving your tennis game, or going to the gym more often, don't go it alone. Find a friend to make the trip with you. Remember, your buddy should be a positive force in your life, not a negative one. Avoid "ener- gy vampires" — people who drain you mentally and emotionally, even if they're willing partners. Lofty resolutions If your goal is to solve world peace, maybe a more attainable goal is to vow you'll finally read War and Peace. Often, people create resolu- tions that are too ‘big' and therefore can't meet them. Examine your reso- lutions. Are they what you really want or did you commit to them be- cause you thought you were sup- posed to? And take it day by day. Giving up too easily Whether you get discouraged or simply lose interest, giving up too easily is a big resolution breaker. Many people make their resolutions with a genuine be- lief that they can ac- complish them, but come February the excitement wears off and other priorities begin to take precedence. Try to set benchmarks throughout the year and use the power of positive reinforcement to keep your momentum going. Time management Sometimes you realize your reso- lution is a bigger time commitment than you'd originally intended. In- stead of trying to accomplish it all in one day, break it up into manageable increments. Financial burden Many give up on their resolutions if the associated expenses are too high. For example, losing weight can sometimes require an expensive gym membership. Unrealistic resolutions You may fantasize about your svelte new body and how great you’re going to look, but can you re- ally make it happen before the year is out? If you think you will lose 100 pounds in three months, this is not going to happen. You need to set a goal that is actually achievable. This also means being realistic. No plan The best resolutions are those that include a plan of action. Many peo- ple set themselves up for failure be- cause they commit to a resolution, fully knowing they have no plan in place to actually achieve it. Create a plan that will help you achieve your goals. Break your end goal down into smaller, weekly goals. Lack of honesty Are you truly committed to run- ning a marathon, losing weight or whatever else you are committing to do? Be honest with yourself. Make resolutions you want to achieve. Wrong perspective While you may have the best in- tentions with your resolution, you could be putting unnecessary pres- sure on yourself. Put it in perspec- tive. Rather than associating the new year with resolutions or changes you need to make, consider it a time for reflection on things you wish to work on throughout the year. Don’t dwell on what you have not accom- plished and focus on what you will accomplish. Not believing in yourself Sometimes all you need to keep going is a pat on the back — from yourself. If your goal was to send out 10 resumes a week for a new job and you only sent out five, don't beat yourself up for it. Congratulate and reward yourself for making the effort toward your goal. That will give you the energy and stamina you need to continue achieving your ini- tial goal. This year, if you decide to set a new years resolution, consider these tips then worked toward a goal that is conceivable, believable and achievable. With a little luck and perseverance you be on the way to meeting your goal. Don’t set yourself up for resolution failure Commentary Cannon Sgt. Teddy Gross- man: "I'm actually a "day' person." Barry Maed: "I'm a night person. I don't like to get up early." By CHUCK CANNON Guardian editor For advertising contact Theresa Larue ( ) - Email: sales