Many resolutions are made, but few are actually kept

By GAYLE COULTER and BETH CRACE State Journal Sta Published:

By mid-afternoon Tuesday, Henry Robbins was covered in sweat.

He lifted his leg high above him, resting his foot on a piece of work-out equipment in the Frankfort Athletic Center to stretch his muscles. The stretch is the reward from Robbin's six-mile run on a treadmill, the second he has completed in a day.

Robbins said he works out twice each day, logging 12 miles by the end of both sessions. Next week, he will up his mileage a little bit as a way to keep motivated, keep coming back to the gym he has visited seven days a week for the past six months.

If he had just one goal, it's "just to maintain."

The Elkhorn Elementary School physical education teacher said he's dropped 86 pounds since beginning his twice-daily, two-hour workouts. His near military-like dedication could quite possibly make him the poster child for anyone who has ever dared to make a resolution.

"Don't look for a quick fix," he recommended. "Look for a lifestyle change."

But for every Henry Robbins out there, there are dozens of others who despite good intentions just can't make their resolutions stick. And, with the world starting anew, now is the time of year when people generally start designing their annual blueprints for self-improvement.

"I want to get my six-pack back," said Jake Fouts in between bicep curls at the Prevention Park YMCA.

The Transylvania University student said he works out religiously, but his days of washboard abs are gone. To combat that, he said he's planning to adding jogging to his daily workout regimen.

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