Not to brag or anything, but today is my last day in the office until 2010. Woot! If Mother Nature cooperates, I'll be landing in Chicago around 11 p.m. tonight. Don't fret, though. I'll be back in early January armed with insight on how to shed those holiday pounds. Speaking of, I've already started to compile a few realistic New Year's resolutions. After all, this is the best time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make in life and I'm determined to follow through on some of them. So here are a few of my goals, some of which are subject to change by Jan. 1.
1) It's all about exercise. Now that I'm in my early 30s, it's more important than ever to adopt healthy habits and physical fitness is a big part of that. Studies show that regular exercise helps reduce the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure and helps with weight loss and maintenance. Although I'm no stranger to the gym, I'm determined to shed a couple more pounds and start training for triathlons.
2) Get out of debt. I don't know about the rest of you, but money has been a major source of stress in my life the past year. Between the struggling economy and a packed travel schedule due to weddings and family reunions, 2009 was a bit of a wash. Thanks to my accountant-boyfriend, I've already started working out a budget for next year and WILL stick to it in order to get a handle on my finances.
3) Find new hobbies and talents. I never thought I would say this, but I miss those college days where you learned something new every day. My plan in the new year is to tackle a new skill - whether it be learning a foreign language or ballroom dancing or jewelry making. Or maybe I'll take an art class or Web design course. The possibilities are endless!
4) Don't be such a worrywart. Yes, I often stress over silly, insignificant things. As a result, I get grouchy more often than I should. All in all, life is good so I need to stop sweating the petty things and problems I can't control. Perhaps more frequent yoga classes or massages could help to accomplish this, hmmm?
5) Organization is key. If I have to dig through my closet one more time to find my favorite belt or pair of shoes or blouse, I just might have to scream. From home organization to reducing the clutter on my desk, I need to make some changes.
And there ya have it, folks. Keep in mind, this isn't just lip service. New Years resolutions have definitely helped me make some life improvements in the past including weight loss, upping my volunteer efforts and quitting smoking. So it can be done. What are some of your resolutions this year?
On a different note, here are two sucralose sweetened recipes for anyone in search of a low-calorie holiday treat.
Finally, here are clips from two of my favorite holiday films. Happy holidays and see you next year!