New Year Resolutions…….

……. are meant to be broken but it doesn’t hurt to keep them going as long as possible.

Weight loss is the number one resolution which to tell the truth is dead in the water right after Valentine’s Day.  If someone is lucky enough to get a box of Godiva or Neuchatel chocolates for that holiday occasion, what are the chances the box won’t be empty within a week, maybe less?   I hear chocolates have been heralded by nutritionists as good for your health. Especially the dark variety.  So it stands to reason chocolates not only sooth a sweet tooth they are a healthy food so dive into the box.  But everything in moderation ….that is if you have good self control!

Next resolution on the list is staying on budget.  To tell the truth that is a hard one to keep especially with all the wonderful after-Christmas-sales taking place at every store.   Electronics, fashion accessories, apparel, furniture, automobiles, the list is endless and so are the discounts.  I have tried to figure out how retailers can make a profit when initially a sweater on special promotion was 25% off and that same sweater after Christmas gets another 75% off to the original 25%?  Doesn’t that make the sweater free?  I’m no mathematician but even I can add this up in my head and come up with 100% off the original price. Shopping will be hard to resist at these prices!

My favorite is getting in touch with friends I haven’t heard from in a long time.  If you haven’t noticed, this decade has buried the telephone RIP.  Everyone communicates via email, facebook, twitter, instagram,  texting.  I don’t know ….call me old fashioned but I want to have a conversation with a voice.  There’s nothing like hearing a familiar voice on the other end especially when catching up with news about friends and family.  I would rather pick up the phone than let my fingers do the walking across a key board.  Gives the fingers exercise but how unsocial!

Speaking of exercise, for all the procrastinators who have vowed they will join a gym or work out with a trainer, this one should be a no brainer for a New Year’s resolution.  Newspapers, magazines, and on-line editorials all acknowledge that any exercise no matter how low key leads to better health.  So reason dictates that we should take time out to walk, run, lift weights, jump rope, bike, ski, hike…. not at the same time but you get the idea. Remember, summer is not that far off and the beach will be beckoning soon enough.

All bets are off that any resolutions made in the New Year will be honored past the first month.  So enjoy the chocolates, go out on that buying spree, get those fingers nimble enough to send out messages, and did you know bike handles are great hangers for clothes?

Happy 2014!

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