A- ANOTHER New Year the time when many people
decide that they will make a resolution for a healthier lifestyle - to
start an exercise regimen, go on a new diet -or make a change of career -
and so on. But first you must decide if each resolution is ACHIEVABLE.
B- the BIG
question is "How long will this last?" "Can I make it through the first
month?" It will if you BEGIN with tiny steps and when you feel ready
add something BIGGER. You will make it through a whole year!
C - You CAN do this if you CHOOSE CAREFULLY - for example start with something as easy as to drink one less CUP OF COFFEE per day.
D- Make simple DECISIONS
- such as DOWNSIZING your wardrobe - how many things do you have in
your closet that have not seen DAYLIGHT in the last 3 years? DON'T go on
a fad DIET!! Look at your DAILY DIET and DECIDE what you can live with.
Include things you like from all the food groups. Make your plate
colorful. Eat a piece of fruit and drink a glass of water with each meal
- that may be a good starting point.
E- many people decide to change their EATING habits
but don't change EVERYTHING at once . EASY does it you are allowed to
ENJOY your food. Of course EXERCISE regularly, walk the dog, join a
fitness program - make sure it is something you ENJOY. Preferably cross
train to avoid boredom or over-training with specific regimen.
F- FRIENDS, FAMILY & FOOD -
FIND time to visit with the people around you. Enjoy a meal while
sitting around the table talking and enjoying good company. FIND a happy
medium between working time and FUN time.
- what do you really need in your life? GOOD times, a GUARANTEED
income, or just allow yourself to GO WITH THE FLOW and see what happens?
H- HEALTH & HAPPINESS should
be top of the resolutions list; not just for yourself, but for those
around you. This should be easy if you stick with A to Z.
I - INSURE
that this time next year you can look back and feel satisfied that you
are a winner. If you have experienced INTERMITTENT lapses at times,
forgive yourself and start over.
J- JUST MOVE IT!! Be JOYFUL. Keep a JOURNAL of all achievements however small.
your own strengths and weaknesses especially when it comes to food.
Chocolate, a glass of wine, that cheese dip at a party and all the
temptations that cross your path. You don't have to deny yourself all
the time but KEEP track of the CALORIES (intake) and KILOCALORIES (output). Realize there are 4 calories
in one gram of Protein and Carbohydrates, 9 in a gram of Fat and 7
calories in one gram of Alcohol – often ignored in a calorie count
L - LOOK and LISTEN
to the people around you. LOOK everyone in the eye when you speak.
LISTEN to what they have to say. Try to LEARN something new every day -
M- MIND over MATTER -
take time for yourself every day. You are worth it! Give yourself a
few quiet MOMENTS every day to re-charge your batteries. Sit down and
listen to MUSIC,close your eyes, listen to the sound and see the colors
or shapes that come to MIND. It doesn't MATTER if the house isn't
absolutely tidy all the time - in fact it may be more welcoming if it
looks like it is lived in.
N - NOSHING
- an English expression for snacking. We all do it -so take a look at
what is being NOSHED and try to think of some healthy snacks that could
be inserted as alternates occasionally - then add more frequently. It
is said that if you watch an action program on TV you eat faster without
realizing what is going into the mouth. This may be a good time to
insert the NO snack rule.
O- OPEN your eyes to what is going on around you. When traveling or in new territory be aware of your surroundings, stay safe.
Do you have an definite OPINIONS - are you OPEN to listening to OTHERS?.
- The three P's PROTECTION, PERMISSION AND PLEASURE. PROTECT yourself,
know your B.P. measurement it could save your life. Give yourself
PERMISSION for a day to goof off for some "me" time, take a friend or
enjoy alone. Write down one thing EVERY DAY that gave you PLEASURE.
Q - ask QUESTIONS. If you don't understand something, ask first and act second you may save yourself a lot of time, frustration and anxiety.
R- REST -
take a break, REST your eyes from the computer screen. Learn to RELAX -
put your feet up once in a while. READ at least one book from start to
- it is said that you can live five years longer if you sing. Singing
creates endorphins - the happy pills that accumulate in your body. You
may be tone deaf so sing when alone in the car, SING in the SHOWER, be
SOCIABLE SO... don't volunteer to SING karaoke. SAVE the embarrassment!
T- TURN OFF TECHNOLOGY AND TALK for a change.
Have you ever kept track of how many hours a day you spend TALKING on
the TELEPHONE, TEXTING, TWEETING, TWITTERING OR TUMBLING? When was the
last time you had a really good face-to-face TALK with co-workers,
friends,family or simply someone on a bus or plane. Do you even remember
how to have a proper conversation or eat a full meal without getting
out the TELEPHONE to show off all the photos or to send or answer a
text? Think about it if we keep TEXTING there will be an explosion of
U - UNDERTAKE
to do one new thing each year. This could be as simple as donating
blood, visiting the dentist, getting your nails done, running a
marathon (well maybe that's not so easy). It is said you get more from
giving than receiving so USE your time wisely to give a helping hand
where you can see it is needed.
is the spice of life. Don't spend your life doing the "same old same
old" it leads to boredom and familiarity. Work on all these letters and
be adventuresome, enjoy life.
X- X marks
the spot. Now is the time to put an X on the calendar for all the
upcoming birthdays, anniversaries and special moments you plan to enjoy
throughout the upcoming year. Make sure to go the EXTRA mile to make
these things happen.
Y- YOU are worth it! - Look after YOURSELF and stay on track. This is going to be YOUR YEAR to keep those resolutions!
Z- ZZZs Make
sure your get enough ZZZs every night. Don't watch the TV in the
bedroom. Having a little quite time before bed and 7 hours of good sleep
will keep you happy and healthy, ready to get up to tackle another busy
GOOD LUCK & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
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