Lose weight, save money, stop smoking, travel more and get our lazy carcasses off of the sofa
New Year’s resolutions are easy to break
While we all mean well, New Years resolutions were made to be broken. The tiny (or not so tiny) masochists living inside of us just cant resist taking on the promises of self-improvement that come with the clean slate a brand-new calendar year. With that thought in mind, lets take a look at 10 popular resolutions that we just might make, and then break plus few reasons why we might fall short of our lofty, if noble, goals.
1. Lose Weight
Godspeed with this one. I really hope that if you want to shed the pounds, you can. Steer clear of miracle diets and amazing pills. Cook meals that arent processed, and turn off your bloody televisions. All those ads for yummy snack foods are the fatty little devils’ best helpers. Temptation, in a word, is a bitch.
2. Stop Smoking
Actually, this one might be doable. It isnt easy, but something seems to be working. The overall rates of Americans who smoke have been dropping for years. Just dont hang out in Eastern Europe or Asia (especially if youre a male), where smoking is endemic and practically mandatory.
3. Exercise More
Dont buy a bunch of machines or stretchy bands that youre going to use once (if that), and then store in your garage or cellar for the next two decades. If you really want to get in shape, walk. Walk, walk and then walk some more. Every day. Don’t have a reason to walk? Get a dog. They really like going for walks and are unabashed about showing their appreciation.
4. Save Money
Since the mid-1980s, Americans have been saving less and less. With the middle class struggling to remain in the middle class, this isn’t much of a surprise. Stop buying crap you dont need is one way to save more. (You dont have to get a new iPhone every year, despite what Apple may tell you.) Selling all the crap you dont use is another.
Do it. Don’t think about it or make excuses why it isnt possible. First class, coach, economy, trains, buses or on a bicycle, travel near and travel far. You can do it. I believe in you.
6. Drink Less
Ha! Right! Wait, no, I mean yes, drink less. Its incredibly destructive, and its going against the trend of the nation thats legalizing pot. Smoke more and drink less. Hold on maybe thats the wrong message, too. Im not thinking very clearly here.
No joke. Volunteer and help out. I used to volunteer a lot, but travel and work yeah, you know my excuses. Im going to try and volunteer more this year. Think I just might see it through.
8. Get More Sleep
Folks who get less than eight hours of sleep a night are on the rise, everywhere. Never mind what that does to their health, think about the danger theyre putting the rest of us in. Nodding off behind the wheel. Getting our prescriptions wrong at the pharmacy. Constantly complaining about how much sleep theyre not getting.
9. Reduce Stress
Know a great way reduce stress? Get more sleep, exercise more, quit smoking (for smokers, of course; if thats not you, congratulations), lose a bit of weight and travel more. As long as youre successful with some of the resolutions above, stress reduction should be a piece of cake unless youre on a New Years diet, then it should be a carrot or a celery stick.
10. Spend More Time with Family
Id like to see this happen more often with absent digital devices. Weve all seen families out to dinner, not talking, everyone playing on their tablets and smartphones ignoring the human beings right in front of them. Of course, it helps if the family members actually like one another. If not, well, enjoy those YouTube videos and instant messages.