OPINION: Fasting friends make for cheap dinner guests

OUR SAY: MY DINNER guests on Saturday night ate nothing.

They brought their own water bottles and wanted nothing more than to catch a few episodes of the new Death in Paradise series on Foxtel.

Dinner, as it happens, was slap bang in the middle of their three-day fast.

Fasting is hard work. But my guests said it could have been harder. What took the edge off was that they had a clear goal - to try and reduce knee inflammation.

Many of us likely set goals at the start of January.

I had a vague idea of trying to walk in the park after work. Success rate so far? Twenty-odd days. One walk.

And perhaps the reason is that word - vague. I didn't plan when, how, or write down my commitment to, for example, walk every Monday and Wednesday.

Unlike my friends' decision to fast, there was no clear intent, no defined reward at the end.

We're already well into January. Soon it will slip away and somehow become Easter.

Many of us may already have lost our way when it comes to those resolutions we set for the new year.

There's still time, however, to restate those goals. But do it in a way that makes them tangible, precise and achievable. To write them down. Work out the how, the when and set an end result. Specify the reward.

Otherwise, this year's resolutions will soon become resolutions for 2019.

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