It’s safe to say that if you’re a human between the ages of 18 to 65 with a Facebook account, your friends’ New Years Resolutions have been popping up on your news feed from the moment the ball dropped.
Some hope to cut back on their vino intake, others are trying to become more domestic, and, if you’re like me, tons of your pals are eager to get healthier and slimmer by hitting the gym in 2014.
But not without some other asshole complaining about it… Keep reading »
The new year has officially begun, which means that self-improvement starts today, right now! That’s where it gets tricky — putting all your lofty ambitions in action. Endeavoring to eliminate kettle cooked potato chips from your diet is hard, especially when your office manager keeps them fully stocked at all times. But at least you know what you generally need to do to make it happen: come to work early and set the chip cupboard on fire. But what if you’re aspiring for a bigger, trickier change? You might need to stop being hung up on that guy that you’ve been obsessing about for the last eight years or figure out why you’re so ashamed that you apologize every time you sneeze. What does this kind of self-improvement entail? Sometimes the first step is research. These books will help you dip a toe into the unique and complex issues you’re hoping to dive headfirst into this year. Godspeed! Keep reading »
If you already sprained your ankle on the treadmill and treated yourself to a fresh pack of cigarettes to numb the pain, you might want to consider taking a page, literally, from Woody Guthrie. His illustrated list of “New Year’s Rulin’s” for 1942 includes goals both delightfully mundane (“take bath”; “dance better”) and potentially world-changing (“beat fascism”). My personal favorite has to be “dream good.” Totally writing that in big letters on the wall of my office. Check out the full list after the jump… Keep reading »
“I do not currently have a scale, because as I’ve said before, getting on a scale is like asking Dick Cheney to give you a sense of your own self-worth… I can still get my jeans on, for one reason: I wear forgiving pants. The world is too hard as it is, without letting your pants have an opinion on how you are doing. I struggle with enough self-esteem issues without letting my jeans get in on the act.
So please join me in not starting a diet January 1st.
It’s really okay, though, to have (or pray for) an awakening around your body. It’s okay to stop hitting the snooze button, and pay attention to what makes you feel great about yourself, one meal at a time. It’s an inside job. If you are not okay with yourself at 185, you will not be okay at 150, or even 135. The self-respect and serenity you long for is not out there. It’s within. I hate that. I resent that more than I can say. But it’s true.”
– Anne Lamott, one of my favorite writers, just posted a refreshingly honest and inspiring manifesto against new year’s dieting on her Facebook page. Read the whole thing here. And if you do decide to abandon your diet resolutions (hear, hear!), don’t worry, we’ve got a list of 101 alternative resolutions, none of which require a gym membership, measuring tape, or moratorium on carbs. [Facebook]
New Year’s resolutions are always painfully predictable. Lose weight. Quit smoking. Learn French. Stop making snarky remarks behind your mother-in-law’s back. These kinds of resolutions are not only cliche, they’re difficult — if not impossible — to follow through on. They’re probably going to make you feel crappy when you give up on them in February, if you even remember them by then. We thought it was time to infuse the New Year’s Resolutions game with a touch of reality and attainability. Here are 101 resolution ideas that might not change your life, but will definitely improve it. And the best part is: they’re all actually doable. No expensive gym membership required. Keep reading »
New year’s resolutions are so passé. Why waste money on an expensive gym membership or bog yourself down with a long list of lofty goals at the start of a fresh new year? We’d like to propose a much simpler–but still quite difficult–way to push your boundaries in 2013: the Zodiac Challenge. We’ve chosen one simple thing for each sign to try this year. It’s just one thing, and you have the whole year to do it, but beware–your challenge might be much tougher than you think, and we’re not bending any rules or pulling any punches with this one! Ready to find out your sign’s challenge for the year? Read on… Keep reading »
A new year is upon us and with that, a time to turn over a new leaf and make some tweaks to ensure this year is better than the last.
New Year’s Resolutions are great and all, but they are usually superficial (lose weight, quit smoking, stop procrastinating, etc.) and don’t lead to lasting changes since it’s all over the first time you slip up. Getting what you really want out of life requires internal changes that in turn, change the way things work out in your life.
To help you get more happiness and satisfaction out of your life, I’ve rounded up five essential tips to help you be at your best. Read more…
Happy New Year! I’ve stopped making resolutions all together in attempt to lessen my feelings of shame. And stress. Now, I just spend the end of the year assessing and setting new goals. Kind of the same thing, I guess. But should you be wanting to make some hardcore resolutions this year, some research done at the University of Hertfordshire found that different strategies are more useful for men and women. Find out the BIG secret after the jump. Keep reading »
It’s that time of year. New Year’s Day is just a few days away, and that implies that it’s time to start planning for 2013. What do we want in the new year? What are our goals? What will it take to finally reach true happiness? Well, all of those things can include a healthier body, mind and spirit. Yes, we all know that most resolutions don’t stick. In fact, by the end of January, a third of us will have let our resolutions lapse. The reason? Our goals and strategies are often based more on willpower than on small, simple changes. So, to help you become healthier, happier and more fit in 2013, here are some New Year’s resolutions you can actually stick to:
1. Only eat when sitting down. It’s true, we tend to eat mindlessly and “graze” more when standing up. Sitting down encourages us to be present and eat with more focus–things that can prevent us from overeating.
2. Use small dinner plates. Using a smaller plate, research has shown, leads to taking smaller portions. If you’re trying to avoid overeating, this is a simple trick. Read more…
“I don’t do resolutions. I am a firm believer in constant evolution, day to day; it’s not pretty, but it’s the only way to truly change.”
– Sandra Bernhard has a healthy take on New Year’s resolutions. One I share, actually! (Amelia does not entirely agree.) You know you’re going to end up paying for that gym membership that you stopped going to in February. You can read a bunch of actual New Year’s resolutions from famous folks (mostly dudes with thick beards, I noticed) at the link. [Time Out New York]