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2011 New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions are tricky. It’s great to want to make a positive change in your life, but if you bombard yourself with expectations at the beginning of the year, it’ll probably be nearly impossible to follow through on all of them. That goes for any time of year I suppose. If you have all these resolutions and have trouble realizing them, it might make you more likely to abandon them all and give up. And that is not what we want.

Maybe it’s time for a new way of thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. What about 12 resolutions, but instead of starting them all on January 1st, you start a new resolution each month (and try to keep up with the old ones as you add the new)? On January first, start with one new intention – it doesn’t have to be hard; maybe it’s even better to start with your easiest goal to give yourself some confidence for the harder ones ahead. (See below the lists for my own resolutions plan.)

On Waking Up Early & Summer Challenge

This morning I woke up again at 4:30am. It was totally natural – after crashing into bed around 9 or 9:15pm last night, waking up at 4:30am was just intuitive. The morning was extra happy because of these guys.

05 flowers On Waking Up Early & Summer Challenge

Sunflowers bought for Bobby on his birthday; pink flowers (do you know what kind?) that I got before going to France that magically still look great.

06 flowers On Waking Up Early & Summer Challenge

Sunflower closeup.

I brought back something very important from France: good instant (decaf) coffee. We don’t have this elusive product here in the states. Or perhaps I’m not looking in the right stores. I love Nescafe’s instant coffee because it tastes good and is quick to prepare.

07 coffee On Waking Up Early & Summer Challenge


This cup has some organic half & half and NuNaturals vanilla stevia drops. While in France I got into the habit of drinking too much regular coffee (espresso in fact) so I’m trying to stick with decaf for a while to nix the addiction.

Weekend Link Love – 5.15.2011

Healthy Living Links

  • Dr. Weil Rethinks Saturated Fats – I don’t remember when it was that I came around regarding saturated fats (they are not just not bad, they are essential for good health). Now Dr. Weil, a fairly well-known health advocate, is also coming around. Quote: “It now appears that many studies used to support the low-fat recommendation had serious flaws.”
  • Cool chart of the effectiveness of popular health supplements – the chart’s y-axis shows the evidence supporting popular “healthy” supplements like folic acid, green tea, and elderberry (many more). The higher on the chart the supplement is, the more evidence there is that it actually helps the person taking it.
  • With Liposuction, the Belly Finds What the Thighs Lose – Gina Kolata (author of Rethinking Thin) wrote an interesting article about a study that tracked how bodies change after having liposuction – apparently most people regain the weight back, and it’s not in a attractive places.

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