Why I’m Saying No to Diet & Exercise-Related New Year’s Resolutions, and What I’m Going to Do Instead

Happy New Year everyone! ‘Tis the season for getting bombarded with messages about setting our New Year’s resolutions, particularly the ones that focus on getting healthier. And if you’ve ever watched TV or browsed the internet around this time of the year, it seems like our health aspirations will never be complete if we’re not aiming for weight loss. Crash diets and intense 4-week ‘full body transformation’ fitness programs have stuffed the pockets of various health gurus way before we realized that something fishy was going on – that is, those methods didn’t seem to work long-term, or made things even worse for us in the future, both physically and emotionally. To break the vicious cycle of mass media telling you that you’re not good enough unless you’re trying to reshape yourself via drastic diet and exercise routines, I’m inviting you to say no to setting diet and weight loss-related New Year’s resolutions! And since I don’t want to leave … Read the rest of the post

8 Ways to Set Better Goals/Resolutions in the Upcoming Year, and Then Reach Them

As the year is approaching its end, it’s only logical for us look back at the last 12 months and make a mental check of our accomplishments. Remember the resolutions you might have set at the beginning of 2013? Yeah, those were great… Oh, you didn’t set any? Well, you’re not alone: I didn’t set them either. In fact, I’ve avoided setting New Year’s resolutions for many years, all after a rather unfortunate experience back when I was a teenager. Here’s the story: When I was around 13, my biggest obsession was to grow tall. (Most kids of that age have something to obsess over; usually it’s about some aspect of their appearance, as sad as it may sound. Mine was my height.) New Year was approaching, so I decided to write down everything I wanted to happen to me in the upcoming 12 months. Getting tall, like 6 feet … Read the rest of the post