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What Are The Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions?

December 21, 2012 at 1:51 am

New Year is right around the corner once again and as each and everyone begin to anticipate the upcoming year they also begin making their New Year’s resolutions. As cliché as anyone might see it, New Year’s resolutions are made all around the world in an attempt to change things in their lives, whether you’re a CPA or a firefighter.

Because making a New Year’s resolution is already considered tradition – a must for some – what are the most common resolutions made every year? How come they tend to fail and how can you exactly succeed in keeping them?

To Drink Less

November 21, 2012 at 1:52 am

Millions of people make it their resolution to drink less alcohol in the coming year. But as good as an idea it seems to promise your liver not to punish it anymore with excessive alcohol more often than not people fail at this resolution right from the start. Not just that, but alcohol puts a hole in your wallet (visit this site for more advice on this topic). People fail at this resolution because they give in to peer pressure by that of family, friends, and office mates as well as the events that one may go to. Excessive drinking is hazardous to health and can lead to unexpected health problems. You don’t want to have to deal with medical problems due to drinking. And don’t go drinking while playing sports or while at work.

It may sound easy to lessen the consumption of booze but it can be very challenging. A benefit from less drinking is less incidence of disease. One good way of trying to lessen your alcohol consumption is to actually inform your friends of your resolution and ask them to try and help you with it (many even set up virtual events to announce your plans). Remember that your resolution is to lessen your alcohol intake, not to quit it. Have a clear limit on the number of drinks that you have. Start with something realistic: if you were having five bottles of beer before, try four.

To Have a Healthier Diet

September 21, 2012 at 1:54 am

In a world where fast-food drive through is the answer to “What’s for dinner tonight?” people tend to forget about their diet. True enough promising to eat healthier is another common resolution that people make and unfortunately break. People tend to fail at this resolution because when they think about a “healthier diet” they immediately jump to vegetables and fruits alone. To make matters worse is that they force themselves to eat these fruits and vegetables. This probably won’t do much for your personal well-being.

To succeed in having a healthier diet means you have to put some effort into it. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Broaden your culinary horizon and explore some new foods and don’t just stick to the usual broccoli. Look for easy, quick recipes you can do at home so that you yourself will be cooking your dinner instead of the staff in some fast-food joint. You can easily find recipes online. You can also ask your friends to jump in and go potluck on some healthy dishes on a party. After you’re done with your day job (in my case, it’s this), get on the right track and eat right!

To Get Into Shape

July 3, 2012 at 1:57 am

Let’s face it: everyone wants that great body (or a copy of the girlfriend activation system) to show off to their friends, but it doesn’t come easy.

Perhaps one of the most common resolutions around the world is to get into shape, slim down, or bulk up in muscles. But making the resolution to get into shape and actually getting into shape are two completely different things. People fail at this resolution right from the start because they tend to look for immediate results as well as having unrealistic goals.

Part of getting into better shape is getting enough sleep. Invest in ear plugs if you need to–anything you need to do to get those zzz’s, because good sleeping habits are crucial to good health. The best way in getting back to shape and getting healthier is to start slowly. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring either; make sure to play your favorite music while you’re on the treadmill (making sure to invest in insurance for your phone). You don’t have to enroll in a fitness club to do this. You can walk for 30 minutes every day whether it is in the morning or in the evening. Keep up with the habit and remember to stay away from the weighing scale and the tape measure as these will only discourage you. Let your body feel the changes that comes with doing small things.

To Quit Smoking

June 6, 2012 at 2:08 am

Smoking is very difficult to quit as there are chemicals in your brain that have been affected by all the nicotine. Failing at this resolution is almost guaranteed to those that do not take the necessary steps in actually stopping the habit.

To successfully quit smoking the first thing that you should do is to set a date wherein you see yourself quitting for good. The next thing that you should do is to tell all of your family, relative and friends of your resolution. After informing everyone of your resolution, get rid of all cigarettes and other such products that you may have at home, at the office, or in your car.

When you do suffer from withdrawals or get the immense cravings to light one up talk to someone about it. Consult a doctor as to what you can do to avoid giving in once again. One good tip to avoid succumbing to temptation is to pick up on a hobby or new business venture that will keep you busy, like selling these cool elevator shoes – this will help you stay busy, keeping those cigarette thoughts away.

To Get Out of Debt or Save More Money

April 30, 2012 at 2:10 am

Getting out of debt is a very serious resolution that that is rather easy to succeed in. The number one reason why people are under so much debt is because of impulse shopping, buying things that you don’t need, sating the “need” and not the “want.” In fact, 2012 was one of the most profitable year for banks on personal lending and cash loan requests. When your wife tells you she wants shiny new toys for Christmas, make sure they won’t break the bank! Remember that you probably have all kinds of existing expenses already, like programming work on your website and a whole bunch of others!

Experts suggest that to be able to get out of debt is to be mindful of your expenditures. A good way of doing this is to quit using your credit card. Did you know that in 2012, more than $3 billion was spent online (and no, not just on garden games!) Bring actual paper bills with you as studies have found that you can reduce your expenditures by as much as 60 percent by doing this because you get to see how much money you have left and not just swiping blindly.