Top 10 Broken New Year’s Resolutions

Top 10 Broken New Year's Resolutions

 New Year New You! How many times have we told ourselves this? Now there is no excuse for not making a New’s Resolution for 2014.
Lose Weight and Get Fit It’s one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. After a season of way too many cookies, candies and holiday parties, it’s only natural that a vow to lose weight and get fit would follow. Each January, fitness clubs offer deals and promotions to those who want to make good on their resolutions.To those who have been at the gym for the other 11 months of the year, the crowded classes and treadmill lines make the new year a dreaded time. Luckily for gym rats, research says that 60% of gym memberships go unused and attendance is usually back to normal by mid-February.
Quit Smoking So you want to quit smoking? You should. It yellows your teeth, infiltrates all your clothing and irritates your significant other and So what better time than now? Good luck. Only an estimated 15% of people who try to quit manage to stay cigarette-free six months later. True, there are a host of products to help wean you off your nicotine addiction — patches, chewing gum, “e-cigarettes”. In any event, smokers, you have your work cut out for you. Think it over during your next cigarette break.

Learn Something New You’ve been meaning to learn a new language. You’d love to play the piano. How great would it be to really know how to cook? Resolving to learn something new is exciting: the world is full of fascinating facts, skills and talents. And the process of discovering them, not just the end result, is enjoyable and rewarding.At least, for a while. Soon you remember there’s a reason you haven’t learned all this yet. Piano takes too much practice. Ordering out is just so much easier than cooking. You’ll do it … when you have more time.
Eat Healthier and Diet During the holidays, everything we consume is pretty much awful for us: mulled wine, chocolates, cakes, pastizzi, crisps. 2014 will be different… Gone are the days of nachos and chicken wings at happy hour and belt-busting lunches on Sundays. It’s time to eat healthy. We promise to swap eggs and bagels for granola and oatmeal breakfasts; eat lean, protein-rich and fruit for lunch; cook fish and brown rice for dinner and serve it up with a side of spinach. It all sounds so good and possible on Jan. 2.The problem is that most people take this resolution too far by forcing themselves onto restricting diets they can’t possibly keep. Eat healthy, but allow yourself a treat now and then. Otherwise, it won’t be long before this resolution falls by the weight-side.

Get Out of Debt and Save Money

After a particularly trying financial year (and the always budget-unfriendly month of December), consumers might call for a halt to spending and vow to manage their debt more effectively. Financial planners advise making specific budget-friendly rules, rather than pronouncing overarching and often unattainable goals. Only allow yourself to eat one dinner out a week. Take a packed lunch to work most days. Vow to shop around for a new auto, home insurance and credit cards with lower interest rates.

If you’re lucky enough to make it out of debt, the goal then becomes tucking some money away for retirement or a rainy day. And, while flipping through your favourite magazine, repeat the mantra, “I will save money this year, I will save money this year.”

Spend More Time with Family Everyone’s busy these days, it’s true. But blood is thicker than water, and the beginning of the year is an ideal time to reconnect with family that you haven’t seen in a while. Then February arrives, reality sets in, and you realize that the reason you didn’t see cousin Jim more often is because he really isn’t that interesting at all. Or that plan to spend more time with the kids?Well, it turns out that work doesn’t magically disappear with the dawning of a new year, and you’re at the office more than ever. It’s a hard promise to keep — no matter how sincere the desire.
Travel to New PlacesA new year and a new world of opportunities to explore — and places, too. Travel of some sort is on almost everyone’s agenda, and some of the first things we tend to think of in a new year are those exotic destinations we’d hope to seek out. Take that road trip across America, treck all around Europe, go on your first ocean cruise. Or don’t….In the aftermath of the Great Recession, budgets are tight. Besides, not travelling spares all the headache of planning, applying perhaps for a visa, fretting over getting scammed in some foreign country and getting someone to tend to your plants and puppy.
Be Less Stressed It’s not a bad idea to resolve to be less stressed. Even without the extra craziness presented by the holidays, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by work and family obligations. Less stress can make you healthier and happier, so in the coming year you’ll light soothing candles and take more bubble baths. You’ll quit searching for more things to worry about and find your zen instead.Unfortunately, stressing less is likely to be the very first resolution you’ll break. On Jan. 1, your train of thought may very well have gone something like this: Wow, it’s 2014. Where did the past year ago? Where have the past 10 years gone? What am I doing with my life? How am I going to manage going to the gym regularly?

Volunteer

It may be a new year, but there are still old problems in the world. To start out on the right foot, you may resolve to lend a helping hand. You can help build a house, care for an animal, distribute food to the hungry, tutor a student. Volunteering could be the resolution that keeps on giving — to yourself and to others.

But even the most compassionate among us can fall back on our commitments. Finding time all too often proves harder than finding money, and many of who us wished to volunteer end up writing checks instead.

Drink Less

After the morning of Jan. 1, it’s not surprising you probably wish you drank less. The question is whether that resolve will last for the other 364 days of the year. Drinking less is undoubtedly good for you: it’s better for your health, your wallet and probably your reputation.

(Kim Bajada)

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