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Thursday, 02 July 2015

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ARE you a man or a muppet? This left me confused. I thought the last word was going to be ‘mouse’.

Jonathan Lee

 In fact I was already mouthing ‘mouse’ when ‘muppet’ became the unlikely option I was offered.

Note, that in any event, ‘man’, was never going to be an answer to my wife’s question.

There were three reasons for the inquisition.

Firstly the continuing ‘man flu’.

Never mind that a medic told me it would take seven to 10 days to recover.

Never mind that I haven’t had so much as a day off work sick in more than 10 years.

For this week I am immediately a wuss in my wife’s eyes.

Secondly, half-term meant a family cinema trip to see The Muppets in Barrow. “Are you a man or a muppet being a particular theme”. A recurring theme as it happened given Saturday’s trip to Liverpool One, where the Disney Store (and even better the Lego shop) delighted the kids and provided more opportunities to mock dad.

And thirdly, and most crucially of all, I have had a whole entire week without any Keswick to Barrow training because of my illness.

This is nothing short of a disaster.

Not just for me, but for Basil the fox terrier who is sitting on the doormat wondering where all his exercise has gone and where the next long walk, or any walk for that matter, is going to come from.

I’ve tried to sit Basil on the sofa and have a look through some old photographs of our previous walks but he’s just not interested!

To make me feel worse, as a nation we are doing well at embracing 2012, the year of the Olympics as the year to make a change to our fitness, which was my own goal all along, before this week turning into my ‘own goal’.

A whopping 45 per cent of those surveyed at the close of last month were proud to announce that they had kept to ‘all, or some’ of their 2012 New Year’s resolutions, and 47 per cent of them are more confident this year than in the past that they will succeed.

Clinical Psychologist, Dr Adam Orchard, commented: “The Liberro survey supports the general trend that we are getting much better at conquering our personal goals.

“We know that people are more likely to stick to their resolutions if they have social support, and in today's connected world this is easier than ever before because even if you are not physically close to friends and family, you can be in constant communication with them via online social networks.

“This will inevitably help success rates – when you are feeling tempted to give in you simply update your status and sit back to receive words of encouragement from your online community. Likewise, when you report on successes you will benefit from a proverbial pat on the back with people 'like'-ing your progress reports and sending positive comments.”

Forty four per cent of those whom Liberro questioned agreed that using the support of friends and family via social networking groups, such as Facebook and Twitter, does make it easier to stick to New Year’s resolutions. In fact, 40 per cent of those surveyed are themselves benefiting from this support net.

Losing weight is in the number one position of the 2012 Top New Year’s resolutions chart, followed by ‘eating healthier’ foods and then ‘exercise’. ‘Quit smoking’ took fourth place.

One of Dr Orchard’s top tips for sticking to your goals is to visualise your success. Right now I can fast forward to May 12 all I like and a welcoming pint at the end of the Keswick to Barrow walk.

But the ‘K’2me effect this week, means I always see myself crossing the line as an ailing, coughing, spluttering Kermit!


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