Since we’re heading towards the year 2015, let’s talk about all the great things each of us plans to do. It’s been said countless times that New Year’s resolutions should be taken with a grain of salt. Why? Because no one keeps them for very long and in a couple of months they’re gone. Well, I’m all for giving things “Ye Old College Try”. So let’s review the top six resolutions that pop up every year.
NUMBER ONE: You guessed it – weight loss. After all that holiday merriment and extra helpings of Mom’s special turkey stuffing it’s time to get real. Why do you think Weight Watchers and fitness clubs offer all those special promotions in January?
This does not mean a juice diet. It does mean that when you dine out you’ll forego the breadbasket, start your meal with a small salad and, if you must order dessert, share it with someone or leave a bit on the plate. If you lose four pounds instead of 10 before you quit, you’re still ahead of the game.
Eat fruits and vegetables that are good for you
NUMBER TWO: Quit smoking. Here’s the bad news: six out of 10 smokers require a number of attempts before they quit completely. Here’s the good news: currently there are patches, chewing gum, lozenges and e-cigarettes to help you. Nicotine is addictive so make sure you enlist the support of family, friends and co-workers.
NUMBER THREE: Drink less. This is another tough one because so many social events include alcohol. But if you feel you should cut back you’ll improve your health and your finances. We’re not saying it’s easy. After all, alcohol usually trumps calorie counting.
Drink in moderation – you’ll feel better
NUMBER FOUR: Pay down your debts and save. December is the month for spending so January can be a time to dial back and start saving. It’s not that difficult. For example: pack a lunch for work and only go out for dinner once a week. Soon you’ll be paying down that car or student loan faster than ever.
NUMBER FIVE: Learn something new. Pick a skill that will require your complete attention, such as: learning Texas Hold’em poker or creating the perfect crème brûlée. When you push your personal boundaries it’s exhilarating.
NUMBER SIX: Travel to new places. This takes effort but it’s worth it. There’s a lot of money, time and planning needed for a trip to Machu Picchu in Peru. But when you do it, you’ll feel fantastic and you’ll have the memories of this adventure forever.
Travel to new, exotic spots and be challenged
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