Besides the litany of diet and money-saving promises we all make ourselves in the New Year, many of us also make beauty resolutions. For instance, in 2011 I'm resolving to stop biting my nails (again), take better care of my skin, and keep wearing sunblock every day. Will you be making any beauty commitments to start the New Year off right? Share your beauty resolutions (and any others you want to discuss) in the comments, and I'll do my best to help you with tips for making them easier and more successful.
An easy way to get healthy this year is resolving to bring your own lunch. By doing so, you know exactly what's going into your meal — not the case when eating out. Even something that seems healthy like a takeout salad can be full of hidden calories. You also cut back on waste and save on money and time by bringing your own lunch. Instead of using my lunch break to stand in line and wait for food, I go for a walk around the neighborhood or hit the gym for a quick session instead.
It may sound silly, but one way I motivate myself to pack a lunch is to have some nice to-go containers to carry it in. If I buy special dishware that's meant just for my lunch, I feel bad if it goes unused. An easy way to solve this problem is by making sure it doesn't get neglected!
To hear about the cool BPA-free containers I've been using, read more
Starting the new year off on the right foot doesn't have to be about New Year's resolutions — it can be taking a new route to work, joining a book club, or carrying a new purse — anything to break the monotony of 2008. I started '09 with a new hair cut so do tell, what personal adjustments did you make to start 2009 off with a bang?
Every year right after Christmas, most of us start thinking about our New Year's resolutions. I try to come up with one I can actually keep, but as we all know, that's easier said than done! Since it's almost that time again, tell me, what New Year's resolutions — if any — did you keep in 2008?
In the face of temptation, you must rely on your willpower to by pass those unhealthy desires unscathed. New studies are unveiling new details about this elusive characteristic. In dealing with New Year's resolutions, I thought it more than appropriate to share a few techniques to give your willpower a boost that I read about on the health blog for the New York Times.
- Oddly enough, laughter has been know to bolster self control. There has been recent research supporting the notion that laughter is the best medicine, so this connection might not be as far fetched as it sounds.
- Keeping your glucose levels high seems to be a factor as well. This might be the reason that dieters eating six small meals are successful at losing weight. By eating frequently, these dieters are able to maintain even blood sugar levels, which help them stay even keel.
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Every year I make the same New Year's resolution — to religiously floss my teeth, and I am happy to say that just in the nick of time, I finally followed through this year! Hurray for healthy gums!
Since it's almost time to ring in another new year, what I want to know is, did you follow through with your New Year's resolution from last year?