new year’s

January 2, 2008

Overcoming Barriers to Exercise

So, like millions of other Americans, you made your New Year’s resolution to get in shape. How do you make sure it actually happens? Here’s a great article on overcoming barriers to exercise. Let’s see which of these categories I fit into, and I’ll add my personal solutions to each: “I’m too tired to exercise after working all day.” I find getting up early really difficult. However, I purchased the 8 Minute Fitness DVD (here’s an link if you’d like to buy it for your very own). I like it for two reasons. One, it’s only eight minutes long, …

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January 2, 2008

Healthy Meal: Hoppin’ John, Collard Greens, and Grilled Pork Chop

Whenever the holidays come around, I like to plan elaborate menus and make traditional foods. For New Year’s, my family didn’t have any traditions, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to try out Hoppin’ John, a black eyed peas and rice dish. Hoppin’ John is a Southern soul food dish traditionally served on New Year’s Day and thought to bring good fortune in the New Year, especially when served with collard greens. Well, I first tried black eyed peas a few weeks ago and still had a box in the freezer, so I thought I’d use them …

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January 1, 2008

New Year’s Resolutions

88% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and only 20% succeed. Scary! Every year I make TONS of New Year’s resolutions for how I’m going to make my life better (told you I was a perfectionist). One year I made so many I couldn’t even remember all of them! Clearly that is not the way to join that 20%. In fact, this article on New Year’s resolutions fitness tips warns people to limit the number of resolutions you make. Although that article warns people to break your goal into smaller goals, I’ve never really been good with keeping the “everyday” …

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December 23, 2007

New Year’s Eve Decisions

Oh, New Year’s Eve. It has the potential to be one of the greatest drinking nights of the year, but has so much pressure to fulfill that potential that it usually falls short. If you’re living in NYC, there is even more pressure due to what has become the typical way to celebrate: overpriced open bars. (If you’re wondering what this has to do with fitness, the supposed topic of my blog, I promise the relevance will eventually become apparent) The open bar is quite a conundrum because you have to order you tickets weeks in advance. You check out …

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