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New Year's Resolutions

Are you one of the 8% who achieve your New Year's goals?  Tell us how you do it! 

 

And if you aren't - we get it!  Have you ever achieved a resolution?

AARPTeri
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I don't make resolutions for the new year.  If I feel I should be doing something, or doing something better or differently, I attempt to do it no matter what time of year it is.  

 

Happy New Year to all of you, whether or not you make a resolution!

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Just keep on keepin on.  With the goal of meeting each birthday in generally good health.

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Be good for myself. Focus on doing good for my well being and bringing joy to life. Keep a positive attitude and laugh at myself when things aren't exactly as planned. 

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I will stay far away from Cole and get much closer to Brooklyn--for real!

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New Years resolutions for me are in vain. At my age (64), I've got enough things I should be doing to keep myself in some sort of decent shape. I walk 60-75 minutes everyday and try to eat healthier. If I keep at it, I feel so much better. Life is getting more stressful; why bring more of it on yourself?

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I share my new year's resolutions with my grandchildren. Last year I set a goal to communicate more frequently with family and loved ones. I started by writing a letter to each grandchild each month sharing family stories and challenging each of them with positive quotes I have collected along the way. I really don't want to disappoint them and also 2ant to inspire them. So I have kept this resolution. This year I am focusing on recognizing all that I am thankful for. I will share this in my letters and again challenge them. Believe me, I will not let my grandchildren down!

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I made a resolution three years ago to lose some weight (I've kept about 17 pounds off sucessfully).  I had to think about what my major "weakness" was - and realized that my willpower evaporated in the evening at home if there was junk food easily available.

I wrote an article about it for Ideal Living Magazine - it may interest others if they have the same issue.

Here it is:  https://www.ideal-living.com/7-lifestyle-hacks/

 

Jan Cullinane, author, The Single Woman's Guide to Retirement (AARP)

 

 

 

 

 

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I make changes when I want to make changes, if it happens to fall after Jan1 that does not mean its a resolution. Love you guys. May you have a better New Year!!!

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I'm not one for making or keeping resolutions. Making a list is impractical and can only be overwhelming. I do set certain goals when the need arises, and mostly try to deal with one issue at a time. This is easier for me due to my ADD from childhood.

 

For example, when I started heart medication I gave up drinking wine, replacing it with alkaline mineral water, and started an exercise routine. I made it a habit to exercise or walk at a certain time every day and gradually increased distance and effort. I can easily walk 2.0 to 3.0 miles at a vigorous pace. I really hate it when the weather is so bad that I miss my daily walk, but I settle for some indoor exercising on those days.

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I will come first this year.

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I resolved not to make any more resolutions. I've been sticking to that for years now.

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Build up my emergency fund, little by little, looking at all aspects of my budget, spending, savings, etc. to see where I can improve.

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I simply commit myself to something that is moderately easy to achieve and of self importance. 

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I use to make New Years resolutions, but since I am an habitual procrastinator, they never get kept ... sometimes never even attempted.

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I have no problem keeping my New Years Resolution. It is the same every year: I RESOLVE TO NOT MAKE A NEW YEARS RESOLUTION!

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I don't recall ever making any new year's resolutions. The whole concept of doing something just because I opened a new calendar just doesn't register with me. If I want to do something new or make a change in what I do, I just do it whenever I have the desire to. The date is irrelevant to me.

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If it's something I really want to do, I put an alert in my iPhone so that I'm reminded regularly. For example practicing my French every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 pm, or doing a plank every morning at 6:00. I think it's important to schedule goals into your week in a specific time. I don't always do what I'd planned, but most of the time the guilt at not doing it outweighs my laziness or business. If I can't keep u with a goal I rethink the scheduling so that I can be more successful. If it's something more general like losing 10 pounds I would schedule in exercise sessions and reminders to eat small amounts slowly, etc. This seems to work for me. 

I will try the slow eating of small portions!

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No, I don't keep my New Years Resolution like most people I keep it maybe the first 2 months of the year.  I will try again this year like most its to lose weight after reading the information regarding body fat especially in the stomach is not healthy.  Low carb diet here I come.  Please pray for me to keep my resolution this year for health reasons.  And pray is the best way.  

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I have no secret way of keeping my resolutions. My main one this year is to lose 20 pounds. The only way I have done it in the past is on a low carbohydrate diet.I will try it again. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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Go on a vegetarian diet, you will lose 50 pounds in a year, your cholesterol will vanish, you will have good blood pressure, your thyroid will go back to normal, if it’s out of whack.
For breakfast, try Tofu Ginger Soup- put all vegetables of your choice, no rice or noodles.
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