I've never made a New Year's resolution, but this year I've got one, sort of. On October 1, I committed myself to several fitness goals to be achieved by January 1, 2012. A deadline somehow seems more motivating than waiting around for a start date. Ordinarily, I'm content to adhere to a sound regimen and let the chips fall where they may, at their own pace. I was already in pretty good shape, considering that I ran into some unexpected health problems, as well as a very long, slow comeback from a serious shoulder injury last year, but I reached a plateau that I thought I could break through with a little extra determination. So I've chosen my ideal body fat percentage, a couple of strength goals, and an endurance/speed goal on the treadmill. It's going well, so far. I feel better, and definitely have more energy than I had 7 weeks ago.