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Make those resolutions matter

December 26, 2014
Estherville News

In a few days it will be a new year, and we all know what that means.

New Year's resolutions.

A resolution is just what it sounds like. We resolve to do something - or maybe to stop doing something. Well here are come resolutions we might all consider.

n I'm going to quit smoking. Now this is a tough one. Quitting tobacco can be as hard as quitting heroin - at least that's what some addiction counselors say. So what's a good way to quit?

Well, just quit. Tobacco replacement products don't really solve anything. All they do is give you tobacco in a different form. The best thing you can do is have someone chain you to the wall for four days after which time you'll stop screaming and frothing at the mouth and your addiction will be over - at least the physical addition. The psychological might take longer.

n I'm going to start exercising. Now this is a very admirable goal. Like all goals, though, it should be attainable. If we tell ourselves that we're going to hit the gym and work out four hours a day and have sixpack abs, we're delusional.

Try something like a half-hour workout every day for five or six days of the week. Whether it's a brisk walk, aerobics, an exercise bike or working out with weights, it's a great start. If you're going to work out with weights, try three days a week with some high aerobic activity on alternative days with Sundays off.

n I'm going to save money for our family vacation. (See the first example above.) If we take that money we were spending on cigarettes and put it in a jar for that vacation, then we'll really have something. Try this. For every day you don't smoke, put $5 into a jar. If you can go a whole year without smoking, you'll have $1,825 saved for a vacation. I you're a husband and wife, you'll have saved $3,650. And if you're a husband and wife who smoke two packs a day, you will have saved $7,300. Imagine what sort of vacation you could have with that.

Making resolutions is simply turning negatives into positives. If we think that instead of missing out on cigarettes or time in front of the television and instead think that we'll be gaining oxygen and a buffed body, then we're getting somewhere.

And that's something everybody can get excited about.



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