New Year, New You

New Year, New You

Hello 2016!

I waited a few weeks before writing about what everyone has been discussing - New Year's resolutions. Now that you've broken half of them, it's time to get back on track.

We all need a nice, fresh start to look forward to. This is the time when everyone makes (and breaks) their resolutions. Perhaps the resolutions themselves aren't to blame, it's you. 

When it comes to looking forward to what the new year has to offer, everyone has at least an idea of what they want to do, see, eat and be. Whether it's losing those pesky holiday pounds, eating cleaner or traveling more and worrying less, there are many things we can all do to better ourselves from the inside out.

Start off by not making your resolutions so difficult to achieve. So you bought that gym membership and were super dedicated the last few weeks. You were in there day and night and even on the weekends. It's almost February and you're ready to pass out. All that hard work has put a bad taste in your mouth and you're ready to quit. Exercise, especially for beginners, is something you dip your toes in, not dive in head first. You must work your way up in order to achieve goals. The more you pressure yourself, the more your determination to lose those pounds will diminish. It's important to maintain that motivation and not let it burn out.

Try this: Studies show that 30 minutes of physical activity a day lowers your risk of heart disease. This could include a mild bike ride, walk around the neighborhood, pick-up game of basketball, lap swimming and more. If you want to utilize that gym membership you paid so much for, make sure you visit at least three times a week. There are plenty of trainers and onsite staff that are there to help you reach your goals.

Are you feeling icky about all the food and/or alcoholic beverages you ingested over the holidays? Are you in a slump? It's time to get greener and cleaner. The better you eat, the better you feel. 

Try this: Throw out anything you bought or made over the holidays that is in your freezer or pantry that isn't considered a healthy choice. Visiting the grocery store once a week tells you that you need to continue to buy fresh produce, meats and smarter snack choices. You are also buying what you need each day and portion control is key. Some people cut alcohol out all together, but if you can't quit that drink of choice, that is not a problem at all. Monitor your intake by only drinking on the weekends. You will sleep better at night and feel more energized at work, school and during everyday activities.

Are you stressing over all the money you spent on gifts during the holidays? It's time to save more and spend less this year. I know, easier said than done.

Try this: Make a list of all of your bills. You get a sense of accomplishment when you cross them off your list once they are paid. Shop online. You will find so many deals when you purchase clothing and electronics online rather than in store. Coupon. If you aren't super busy, picking up "couponing" could be a new adventure for you and a great way to save money. Go out less. Staying in and hanging out with friends can still be a fun night, just easier on your bank account. You won't need to spend an astronomical amount of money on drinks and entertainment when you can run to the store, get what you need and enjoy a night in.

I hope this blog helps you better manage your time and lifestyle decisions. You deserve a year full of happiness and good health. Cheers to 2016!


Margaret Hoynes
Advertising Coordinator
Garden City Realty, Inc.


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