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Cyndi Palmer: Resolve to be realistic this year

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

Traditionally it was believed that a person could affect the luck they had throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on Jan. 1, and some today still think that what happens on New Year’s Eve is a prediction of how the year will be for them.

But what if you find yourself making some of same resolutions you promised yourself last year?

What does that say about your estimated success and productivity in 2008?

Since early Roman times, New Year’s Eve has been an opportunity to look back into the past, but more importantly forward into the days to come. It’s a time to reflect on desired (or necessary) changes, and for those traditional promises to follow through on them.

But with so many rain checks ready to be cashed from lofty year-end goals, it is important to keep in mind to make resolutions that are rational and attainable. If you are already on top of things, you’ve made a list. Maybe check it twice, make sure they are detailed and to the point. It is also suggested to break down large goals into several smaller ones so that they are more accessible, to find alternatives to the bad habits you want to discard, and maybe most importantly to do these things for yourself, not for what society expects of you.

Those New Year’s resolutions that have come up in the top 10 on America’s list for 2008 include spending time with friends and family, keeping fit and losing weight, quitting smoking and/or drinking, becoming financial stable, helping others, getting organized, learning something new, and just plain enjoying life more.

Polls show that at least 50 percent of Americans have promised to appreciate their loved ones a little more this year. Ways to do this include scheduling get-togethers for game nights or events and dinners out.

With regular exercise and healthy eating habits proven to support longevity, it is not surprising to see keeping fit and losing weight in the top-10 list. The results could make you look and feel better and most likely would positively affect your mood.

Another simple but beneficial resolution in this category is to drink more water. It is said that a person should drink their body weight in ounces of water each day. Drinking more water will also help trim down that pestering Buddha bulge.

Most of these resolutions amount to one thing ” a longer life. To quit smoking or drinking may be some of the most challenging but rewarding things you do. There are several over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies to choose from and a variety of free local support services throughout Grand County for alcoholics who want to kick their addiction.

Stress, too, can shorten one’s life span and what better way to take a stand than to try to relax and enjoy life more. There’s a wealth of opportunity to get outside in the Rocky Mountain Region. Get some fresh air, meditate, practice yoga, visit a local spa and treat yourself, or just try something new ” a new hobby or career perhaps ” to balance your mind and soul, as well as your body this year.

Once you have got yourself covered for the next 365 days, why not take some time to help someone else out. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at the Grand County Libraries, mentoring children or building a house with Habitat for Humanity, volunteering can only be a win-win situation. Reaching out to others also reconnects you to your environment and others around you. Donations are also a way to help out.

Then again, maybe you are one of those people who do not make resolutions; supporting the thought that if you don’t make them you can’t break them. Whether you formulate a plan on paper, share your goals with others, or just store them in your head, we are all just trying to better ourselves and what better time to do it than a new year. Happy 2008 and good luck.


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