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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Resolutions: Keeping them

London New Year (by John Turner)
It's one thing to make New Year's resolutions, but quite another to actually keep them.

Last year at around this time, Women's Health published five recommendations for setting practical goals.  These suggestions, taken from weight-loss trainer Chris Powell, teach that goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-sensitive.

Rather than generically promising "I will be healthier in 2013," it is better to specify "I will lose 20 pounds by March 1, 2013."  Better yet, that 20 pounds should be further divided into smaller/shorter-term segments. Plus, if it doesn't seem feasible to lose the whole 20 by March, then moving the target date to April might be more doable.

In keeping with the philosophy of making resolutions that "stick," fitbie has come up with "21 New Year's Resolutions You'll Actually Keep."  These include the following:  eat breakfast every day; take the stairs instead of the escalator; pack your lunch once a week; include a vegetable with dinner every night; ditch packaged diet foods; and go meatless on Mondays.

Adding some spiritually-oriented resolutions can also be a good idea.  These could include: meditating for 10
minutes at a set time each day; attending a worship service at least once a month; eating mindfully during one dinner per week; and performing at least one act of random kindness daily.

Copyright January 1, 2013 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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