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Suze makes a New Years Resolution (2003)

As another January 1st approaches, I am once again considering making a New Yearís resolution. Through many New Years gone by, Iíve made and broken many resolutions. I realize I havenít given my resolutions enough thought, nor had the commitment to stick to them. Resolutions made at the last minute wonít work. Resolutions wonít work if you arenít commited to them.

A resolution is a promise to yourself to change something. In order to be effective, it must be specific and measurable. You must prepare yourself for the change you want to make. You canít just wake up one morning and decide you are going to do something or not do something ever again.

One thing I need to remember is that it is holiday time. We are still doing a fair bit of festive visiting with friends and relatives. This is not a normal time for us. January 1st is not the best time to start new habits. Weíll be with friends celebrating the start of the New Year. No drastic changes for me on January 1st.

Once we settle into the New Year though, it is time to implement some changes. This time, I spent considerable time thinking about my plans for the New Year. One thing I know I have to avoid is promising to totally change my lifestyle as of a particular day, i.e: January 1st. A drastic change like that is not possible.

My desire to improve my health is very important to me right now. I am prepared to make some changes that will help me work toward a healthier lifestyle. It is not an overnight process, it is a lifetime process. The changes I make have to be ones that I can live with for the rest of my life.

Exercise is important. I know that. I currently allow too many things to interfere with getting regular exercise. Because the state of my health has become so important to me, I know that I can commit to adding exercise to my life. I will be journalling about my exercise commitments. They are realistic, achievable, and measurable. I will be logging my exercise and keeping records of my improvement.

Portion control is something I need to learn. While I was at the spa in September, I learned about proper portion sizes. I enjoyed the meals there, and never felt hungry. However, after returning home, I fell back into my old habits of huge meals. I am prepared to commit to eating smaller portions. That sounds quite vague, but I know when Iím eating too much. I will prepare smaller portions for myself. I donít need to eat the same amount as my husband.

So, my New Yearís resolutions are to add exercise to my days and to control the amount of food Iím eating.

Happy New Year Everyone!

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