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Top Ten New Years Resolutions

First, we’ll let cats illustrate the top ten resolutions. (you’ll like this):

  1. Appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year. This is the number one resolution for most Americans. Get out there and do it!
  2. Lose weight and get fit. MagicKitchen.com can help, with diet prepared meals which are portion controlled.
  3. Quit Smoking. This is more important than ever, as the areas to smoke get fewer, and the heath benefits of quitting ever more apparent. Here are some quit smoking tips.
  4. Help others. If you have time, there are many charities in your city who can use volunteers. But even if you can’t afford the time, giving to charities is good for the heart.
  5. Learn Something New. Classes at your local college are a great place to start! Alternatively, taking time to read books is a relaxing way to learn.
  6. Get Organized. This can be hard if your life has gotten out of control. Here’s a great website for organizing your life.
  7. Manage our debt. One of the hardest things to do is manage money, save more and get out of debt.  Here is a good debt-relief website.
  8. Manage Stress. Life is stressful, no doubt about it. Here are a few tips for managing stress:  Take a yoga class, go for a 30-minute walk every day in nature, listen to music, do deep-breathing exercises, or get more sleep. If stress is causing real problems in your life, consider seeing a counselor.
  9. Take a trip– See tip 7 for saving techniques. Set a plan for saving, and a date for the trip of your dreams. If your pocketbook won’t afford a cruise, consider flying to a country of your choice and taking a bus tour.
  10. Drink less alcohol – So many of us over-indulge during the holidays. Livestrong.com has tips for cutting down on alcohol consumption.

 

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New Year’s Resolution Time

All right everyone, get ready because the first of the year is coming up, and we all know what that means. Time to make a new year’s resolution that can be broken as quick as possible so that we can move on with our lives.

Men are funny about New Year’s resolutions; typically it’s the “I’m going to get in shape” resolution. Hence, on the first of January there will be a gaggle of men across the country that will walk into a fitness center, write a $1,500 check for membership, hand it to the guy behind the counter and then tell them “Thank you very much, you will never see me again”.

Women are equally as funny. Their New Year’s decree is to lose 47,000 pounds in five months, you know, just in time to slip into that new bikini that is no bigger than a string of dental floss and an eye patch. Jay Leno once said  “Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average… which means, you have met your New Year’s resolution”. That about sums it up for me.

New Year resolutions might have a better chance at success if they fall into the realm of reality. Not that losing weight or getting into shape is unrealistic, but it’s better to know your limitations.

How about trying a New Year’s resolution that is fun. Still want to get into shape? Make a New Years resolution to swim once a week. Remember how much fun it was to swim when you were a kid? Guess what, it still is. Or how about learning to surf, or snow ski. In fact, a great New Years resolution would be to make a list of activities you’re never tried, or haven’t tried in a while, and meet those goals. Want to eat healthy? You know where to go. Our portion-controlled meals  have got you covered.

Try hiking a nature trail. It’s beautiful and you may lose an extra few pounds. Or, if you’re really the adventuresome type, how about canyoneering. If you live near the water try kayaking or snorkeling.

How about a New Year’s resolution of making a list of all the fun things you always wanted to do, but never did.

The point is to have fun, and it doesn’t even have to start at the first of the year. Happy New year. everybody!!

Wendy Tree, Guest Blogger

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