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New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

Ring in the new year with joyful, sensible resolutions that will work for you and, most of all, will enrich your life.

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Even if you think making resolutions on January 1 is a waste of time, you will probably feel the urge to do so. This year, be realistic and have some fun.

The Old Stand-Bys
Sometimes oldies are goodies. You probably have resolved more than once to loose weight, exercise more, relax more, and plan a vacation.

All of these are admirable goals. If you approach them with a sensible plan, guess what? You can keep your resolutions. And, P.S.: If you don't keep them, it's not the end of the world!

Weight Loss
You probably think you gained 20 pounds over the holidays. While it's likely you gained far less, set a goal to lose five pounds. Once you lose this amount, consider losing five more, if you feel you need to. If not, work on maintaining the five-pound weight loss.

If you eat the right foods and skip between-meal snacks for a few weeks, you will be well on your way.

What are the right foods? Chances are you already know: stock up on fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, lean meats and fish. Avoid fat-laden dairy products (whole milk, ice cream, sour cream), rich desserts, fried foods, and gigantic sandwiches.

Drink lots of water. Avoid alcohol and soda. Limit caffeine and sugar.

This is the perfect partner for your weight-loss plan. If you can, join a gym or start using the one you already belong to. Go two or three times a week and workout for at least 20 minutes. After a few weeks, you will feel like staying for 40 minutes or longer.

Try walking. This is a great way to work exercise into your day. Even 15 minutes a day helps. Walk for longer distances on weekends or when the weather is fine. Your dog will thank you!

First, define what you want from this resolution. Do you want to learn how to relax? Do you want to simplify your life?

Surf the Web or bookstores for information on relaxation techniques. Maybe you would benefit from meditation or yoga.Possibly a higher energy activity, such as tap dancing, running, or tennis will allow your body to shed stress and allow you to have fun in the process.

Surely increasing your weekly exercise time will help you relax. Maybe getting some organization in your life will eliminate stress.

Some New Ideas
There are other ways to make the next year gratifying. They may not be traditional new year's resolutions, but they may enrich your life. Here are a few ideas:

  • Volunteer for an organization you care about.
  • Spend more time with your kids.
  • Visit an old friend you have not seen in a while.
  • Read a novel.
  • Take an art class.
  • Learn a new hobby.
  • Take a vacation!
Regardless of your resolutions, don't feel guilty if they go by the wayside. You can re-commit to them any day of the year -- or try something different. Happy new year!

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