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One of the most popular New Year resolutions is losing weight. In January, the gyms are packed, and everyone seems to be on a diet. Usually around six weeks later, people lose steam and mentally scratch that resolution off their lists. The hardest part about exercising is starting. People tend to start working out too hard and much from the beginning, so they quickly lose interest and start eating food that they shouldn’t. Here are some ways to continue working out and successfully completing your New Year resolution to lose weight.
A great way to continue plunging forward on your goal to fit into your skinny jeans is starting and maintaining a food diary. You can either buy a notebook or use an online web site, like MyFitnessPal, to keep track of your progress. The best method for keeping track of your food intake is writing down every time you eat something in this format: Type of Food, Servings, and a Note. If you use one of the online sites to track your food intake, then they will automatically calculate how many calories you have consumed. If you are forced to read what you are actually putting in your body, you will eventually stop overeating.
The best tactic to continue working out is attending group gym classes. There are so many to choose from, so mix it up. It’s good practice to start exercising by joining some of these classes because you are held accountable. If you start missing a day or two, your fitness instructor usually will come up to you to see where you have been. The more frequently you go, you will begin seeing the same people. If they start losing weight, then that will push you to want to do the same. Grab some workout gear and start getting physical.
Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Water is essential for losing weight. It replenishes your thirst and your body. One of the great things about water is that it fends of hunger. People mistake thirst for hunger. Not drinking enough water is one of the reasons that people overeat. If you are not much of a water drinker, then start with flavored water to get used to it. When you are at the point where you are drinking plenty of flavored water, then start switching to regular water.
Keep your New Year resolutions. There is no excuse not to do something that you have been wanting to do. Yes, life can sometimes get in the way, but if you eat right, drink plenty of water, and exercise (even if it’s only for ten minutes), you will be on your way in no time.
If you were just too busy to make resolutions on January 1st, don’t despair—it’s never too late to start anew. Let’s face it, the holidays whizzed by in a blur… once the family finally went home, decorations were put away and the last holiday cupcake was eaten, it was already time to go back to work and the resolutions you meant to make got left behind. But you don’t have to wait until next year to make fresh start. We’ve gathered nine of the most popular resolutions (because ten is too obvious) and a few ways to make sure they stick.If you were just too busy to make resolutions on January 1st, don’t despair — it’s never too late to start anew. Let’s face it, the holidays whizzed by in a blur…once the family finally went home, decorations were put away and the last holiday cupcake was eaten, it was already time to go back to work and the resolutions you meant to make got left behind. But you don’t have to wait until next year to make fresh start. We’ve gathered nine of the most popular resolutions (because ten is too obvious) and a few ways to make sure they stick.
Spend More Time with Family
Most people spend more time with their co-workers than they do with their kids so this is a big one. After all, isn’t it more important to enjoy a picnic with your family than it is to finish the quarterly reports on time? You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun with your family—get out the board games, or go for a walk, head to the beach, the park or the mountains. Don’t think too hard about it—just get up and go. If you are still stuck, check out http://fun.familyeducation.com/ for kid-friendly ideas.
Everyone knows that stress is bad for you, so stop it already. There are many ways to help alleviate tension like massage, yoga or meditation. For a quick fix, squeeze your stress away with a stress ball… they are great for relieving road rage and work anxiety. We think it’s much better to crush a rubber ball than risk blowing up at your boss.
Fit in Fitness
While you may want to exercise more, it’s sometimes difficult to find time to make it to the gym or schedule a spin class. Make it easier on yourself to stick to your fitness goals by walking more. It’s easy, free and can be done almost anywhere. If you are snowbound this winter, take a jaunt to your local mall or look for an indoor track. Even if you only walk for 15 minutes a day, by the end of the year you will have logged in enough miles to make a difference. The important thing is taking the first step.
The beginning of a new year (and new decade) is an ideal time to put down the butts, once and for all. Instead of grabbing a cigarette, reach for some gum, light a candle or take ten deep breaths when a craving hits. You don’t have to go it alone—there are lots of online resources for managing cravings and kicking the habit… for good.
Enjoy Life More
Workaholism is out and having fun is in—find ways to squeeze more fun out of your day to day. Whether that means taking a five-minute golf break in the office or stopping to smell the flowers on your daily walk, it’s important to take time out to enjoy yourself. Schedule in at least 15 minutes of fun (or more) every day…it will do you good.
Spend Less, Save More
I think we can all agree that the days of spend, spend, spend are behind us and that’s a good thing. It’s time to start taking saving seriously—set up a direct deposit savings account so your savings is automatic, save your change (dimes and quarters add up to dollars faster than you think) and use coupons when shopping for groceries. Spend less by entertaining at home, leaving your credit cards in your desk drawer and giving creative, thoughtful gifts, rather than pricey ones.
Learn Something New
You don’t have to be a full time student to keep learning new things. If you have always wanted to learn to play guitar, knit or cook like a pro, there are no shortage of teachers who can help you unleash your inner rock star or nurture your culinary skills. If you are more the bookish type, check out your local community college for in person or online classes on everything from French to Physics. If you have an artistic bent, try your hand at writing poetry, photography or jump into an Improv class. Not only will you expand your horizons, you’ll probably have a lot of fun too.
Helping others is a great way to contribute to your community and it feels good too. Check out http://www.charitynavigator.org/ to help you choose a worthy charity to donate your dollars to, or log on to http://www.volunteermatch.org/ to find volunteer opportunities in your area. One of our New Years resolutions at Rush Imprint is to step up our charitable giving so we are putting our money where our mouth is. Stay tuned for news and photos highlighting our new charitable venture.
How many times have you vowed to get organized once and for all? Whether you want to reorganize your sock drawer, clean out your closet or simply manage your “to do” list, it can be difficult to get started. You don’t have to do it all in one day, or even in one week. Commit to just 15 minutes a day, and before you know it, your drawers, closets and desk will be ship shape.
A Final Word
Hopefully you have found a resolution or two that will help you have a more meaningful, less stressful, more active, fun-filled, healthier, more enjoyable, thriftier, educational, giving and clutter-free 2010. The point of resolutions is to make your life better, so have fun with it and choose a change that you can manage. It’s better to pick one resolution and stick with it than to make a dozen that you’re never going to keep.