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For years I have attempted to make a list of my new years resolutions, and for years, I broke my promise and felt horrible throughout the rest of the year. This year, I’m taking a different approach.  Here is an Introduction to what could be, “Your New Lifestyle“.

New Years Resolutions ListFirst, a brief reality check: life is unfairly short, so you need to soak up as much joy and vibrancy out of your own life before it's lights out.  This may seem harsh, bleak or even morbid, but that's reality!  At the start of every New Year, you can bet thousands of people vow to get healthy and treat their bodies right.  However, without fail, people fall off the wagon and don't follow through.   Maybe a new angle is what we all need to realize our weight-loss, get-healthy, exercise, diet-overhaul aspiration(s).

Instead of counting on the New Year to provide sufficient motivation for getting a gym membership, just imagine yourself in your future elder years with an oxygen walker and a wheelchair as your go-to mode of transportation. Or worse case scenario, you won't make it to an old enough age to require such living assistance.  Feeling inspired yet?  

Well, if you're still hesitant and feel overwhelmed by the prospect of adding an exercise regimen and overhauling your diet, let's look at what it would take to implement these changes.

As far as exercising goes, the main achievement you want to shoot for is just getting off the sofa and moving your body. This absolutely does not mean you should be hitting the gym 5 days a week for an hour at a time; too much exercise will overwork your body.  In contrast, simply getting out and walking for half an hour twice a week is plenty to get you started on your get-healthy mission.  After you've been regularly exercising for a few weeks, try to increase your activity and start adding a day or two to your regimen. Or buy a ten-dollar step tracker and aim for ten thousand steps a day. Within a few weeks you will achieve your goal, because this little gadget will be in your face to remind you not to sit...walk instead.

As far as nutrition and diet are concerned, the easiest way to make effective change is to break old, bad habits.  Swear off drive-through, over-processed, packaged, treated, hormonally enhanced food and get back to the basics.  Whole grain breads and brown rice, over white bread and rice, fresh vegetables sans cream and oil, lean meats free of additives, and cut out sugar-loaded products as much as possible.  If you think you don't have time to take on cooking and packing your own lunch, then you're deceiving yourself.  

Instead of spending an hour or more watching TV, take the time to buy groceries and to plan and put together nutritionally-beneficial meals that will sustain, not pollute your body.  As Jamba Juice's Jambalism #5 says, "Your body is a temple."  Believe it!

For most of us weight and life style changes are continuous struggles, but I refuse to give up. It’s the small changes that make all the difference in the world and to our bodies.

When you raise your glass this holiday season, opt for a low calorie drink, and keep in mind that we are fabulous and we are just getting started.

p.s. What works for you?

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      Darlene Sabella wrote Dec 14, 2009
    • Great post yana, thank you for sharing this.  Your friend, darleneestatic



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      Igoplaces wrote Dec 14, 2009
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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 14, 2009
    • Each year I make some crazy resolution(s) like...ummm lose weight??  Exercise more????  Drink more water????  Keep in touch with friends more???  NO cussing???   The list goes on.  

      I too am taking a new approach this new year!  No more resolutions...I’m going to eat until I get fatter, absolute no exercise...(God forbid that I break a sweat), drink only regular soft drinks.....and the staying in touch with friends more...I might have a bit of trouble with....and the cussing for sure..LOL

      I’m going for the reverse physcology...... will let you know if it works!!

      Great post Yana.....



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      Pia Martin wrote Dec 14, 2009
    • Great article..
      Human nature appears to be the reason we do not keep from making changes....
      1. The rewards and pleasures and in the future and we are a society of immediate gratifications.
      2. We do not want to go thru the discomfort.. eg sugar withdrawals, stiffness from not exercising in months or years.
      3. We never address the question of ” WHY” ...
      4. One little setback is all it takes to derail most folks... when what they should do is say OK and get back on the plan until it becomes a lifestyle change.
      As a health and wellness expert I advise people everyday on ways to have a better quality of life... ” The difference between you and the person you want to become is to take action”



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      Anne Lyken-Garner wrote Dec 14, 2009
    • Thanks, Yana.

      I never make New Year’s resolutions. I generally look at the year that’s just gone by and think of things I would’ve done differently. When the opportunity arises in the new year, I do them differently. If not, I look ahead and learn from my mistakes.



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      Cherrie Webb wrote Dec 14, 2009
    • I’m not making resolutions. Either I do it or I don’t. Choosing one day to measure everything is just setting myself up for failure.
      When it’s time to do something, I just go for it. Doesn’t matter i it’s January or July



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      Kyah wrote Dec 15, 2009
    • I’m laughing at the “no cussing” because that’s one resolution I could never keep. In fact I was pondering a cuss jar, probably have enough in a year to buy a used car!

      I make a list of things I want to accomplish in the year on my birthday which, technically is your own new year. But if I don’t get to a couple of items on the list, it’s no biggie. I already exercise, changed my diet (yuck!) and tried to purge a lot of nonsense stuff I’m still dragging from place to place, which is a good thing.



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      UK Girl wrote Dec 15, 2009
    • I gave up on resolutions as I would set off with best intensions and then nothing so this year I have decided to look at the areas I'm not happy with and change those and do it before January.
      So far the weight is coming off and I'm doing my walking and drinking water challenge so come January when I jump on the scales it will not be an overwhelming experience and I throw the towel in on week 2 – they say you gain 5lbs over the festive period.
      Someone did a survey recently in the UK and its estimated 48% of the population have a piece of chocolate before 8.30am on Christmas morning ......its one survey I can believe.
      So good luck everyone as 2010 should be a better year and hopefully a slimmer one



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      Faye43 wrote Dec 15, 2009
    • Yana. I am so with you on this one. I never made New Year's Resolutions because I feel it sets people up for failure. If they falter than the general thought is "maybe next year". Well next year may be too late. I like to take opportunities as they come. The improvements I have made in my life have had nothing to do with New Years. If I had waited until New Years I would have never made them. I tend to do it like Anne and Cherrie. Happy New Year everyone!!! estatic Faye



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      Oxsanawellness wrote Dec 15, 2009
    • Kyah! I couldn’t read the rest of the posts, was just staring at your video estatic. how did you do it? and: are these your babies? it’s so funny, that scene estatic, i enjoied it a lot!!! as of new year resolutions: I’m still going to make them, and see what happens. lol. it’s a tradition tongue out



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      Marya1961 wrote Dec 16, 2009
    • Wonderful post Yana!..for the last few years I have kept to a regimen that works, and as Faye pointed out resolutions can backfire..so start up a plan and just stick to it day by day.estatic



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      Rose Nino wrote Dec 16, 2009
    • I quit making New Year’s Resolutions a long time ago. I do however, recall doing all the right things, including avoiding processed food, hormone injected meats (I’d been doing it for years), exercising (including weight lifting)yet I still could not get my weight nor my health in check. As a matter a fact, I seemed to gain more! And my health just seemed to get worse! Anyway, happy to report that it’s been 4 years since I started with the most amazing nutritional products on the planet! Not only did I release 2 dress sizes in 1 1/2 months (7 lbs, 8 1/2 inches, including 2 inches off my waist in the first 9 days), but my health took a dramatic change. I am now, healthier, with more energy than ever, thinner than I had been in over 15 years and happier. I love my life! Anyway, thanks Yana for suc a great post. It’s great to see what works for everyone.



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      Rose Nino wrote Dec 16, 2009
    • Not sure why my post did not appear in completion. Anyway, I quit making New Year’s Resolutions a long time ago. I do however, recall doing all the right things, including avoiding processed food, hormone injected meats (I’d been doing it for years), exercising (including weight lifting)yet I still could not get my weight nor my health in check. As a matter a fact, I seemed to gain more! And my health just seemed to get worse! Anyway, happy to report that it’s been 4 years since I started with the most amazing nutritional products on the planet!I am now, healthier, with more energy than ever, thinner than I had been in over 15 years and happier. I love my life! Anyway, thanks Yana for suc a great post. It’s great to see what works for everyone.



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