Showing posts with label New Year Ideas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Year Ideas. Show all posts

New Years Resolutions

This year is going to be different for me.  This is the year I'm going to set goals and keep them. Of course, like most people, I'm determined to lose weight.
 I have been doing a lot of research on dieting.  I have lost 43 pounds since last year. I've have gained 3 pounds during the holidays, but it's not enough to discourage me.
 Every year we plan to lose weight only to fall off the wagon within a few days. How can we be so serious about weight loss only to stay on track for a few days.  

This year I'm setting up a diet notebook. I'm using a loose leaf notebook so I can easily add items.
 In this book I will track everything I eat by using this form provided by
    Be sure to visit this site, it has tons of info and simple recipes.  You can learn a lot by someone who has lost 150 lbs.
    I will also track my food inventory using this form I made.

    I will keep up with healthy foods by listing them.   When I use something, I add it to my grocery list.  Sometimes I will add a couple more to make sure I am well stocked. 
    I've also set up a recipes section for tasty low calorie meals and low sugar snacks. Most of them I print from my printer.

    I have joined a site named Shrinking on a Budget
     that has weekly menus and recipes they will email you.  It's $6.00 per year.  Not a bad deal at all.

    For exercise I walk, which I has been pretty slack lately. I have plenty of excuses, you know the ones, it's too cold, it's too hot, rain is predicted sometime today, my knee hurts, and on and on.
    I will commit to some form of exercise I can do when my excuses are legit and I need to stay in.
    This is my plan for 2015. 
     I have shared this with you to keep myself accountable.  I plan to post at least once a month on my progress.  Join me,  we can do this together.

    100 Hobbies To Consider

     January is National Hobby Month.  Hobbies are a great way to make friends with your same passion.  Children and parents can really bond when they share the love of a hobby.  Can't decide what to choose for a hobby?  Here are some ideas to get you started

    1.  Acting                                          
    2.  Amateur Radio
    3.  Caring for Animals                
    4.  Arts
    5.  Astrology
    6.  Astronomy
    7.  Backgammon
    8.  Badminton
    9.  Baseball
    10.  Basketball
    11.  Bead work
    12.  Boxing
    13.  Belly Dancing
    14.  Bicycling
    15.  Bird watching
    16.  Board Games
    17.  Boating
    18.  Body Building
    19.  Bowling
    20.  Butterfly Watching
    21.  Button Collecting
    22.  Cake Decorating
    23.  Calligraphy
    24.  Camping
    25.  Candle Making
    26.  Canoeing
    27.  Car Racing
    28.  Cheerleading
    29.  Chess
    30.  Coin Collecting
    31.  Collecting Antiques
    32.  Collecting Artwork
    33.  Collecting Music Albums
    34.  Compose Music
    35.  Computer activities
    36.  Cooking
    37.  Crafts
    38.  Crocheting
    39.  Cross Stitching
    40.  Crossword Puzzles
    41.  Dancing
    42.  Photography
    43.  Collecting Dolls
    44.  Dominoes
    45.  Drawing
    46.  Embroidery
    47.  Entertaining
    48.  Exercise
    49.  Fishing
    50.  Football
    51.  Four Wheeling
    52.  Aquariums
    53.  Gardening
    54.  Garage Saleing
    55.  Genealogy
    56.  Golf
    57.  Go Kart Racing
    58.  Guitar
    59.  Hiking
    60.  Horseback riding
    61.  Hot air ballooning
    62.  Hula Hooping
    63.  Hunting
    64.  Jewelry Making
    65.  Puzzles
    66.  Juggling
    67.  Kayaking
    68.  Knitting
    69.  Learn A Foreign Language
    70.  Playing an Instrument
    71.  Leather crafting
    72.  Lego’s
    73.  Magic
    74.  Metal Detecting
    75.  Motorcycles
    76.  Mountain Biking
    77.  Painting
    78.  Paintball
    79.  People Watching
    80.  Photography
    81.  Piano
    82.  Reading
    83.  Rock Collecting
    84.  Running
    85.  Scrapbooking
    86.  Scuba Diving
    87.  Sewing
    88.  Soap Making
    89.  Swimming
    90.  Toy Collecting
    91.  Traveling
    92.  Walking
    93.  Woodworking
    94.  Sun Tanning
    95.  Collecting Vintage Music
    96. Stamp Collecting
    97. Starting a Blog
    98. Write Music
    99. Fish Aquariums
    100.  Dominoes 
    It is a fact that hobbies make you a more interesting person and learning new skills is definitely a great way to keep your mind alert.

    January Is National Bath Safety Month

    Here is a  January  holiday I'll bet you never knew.  I love holidays.  Give me a reason and I will celebrate anything. Here are a few tips to keep the bath a safe place for loved ones.

    Reminders for Bath Safety-
    • Do a safety walk through in  your bathroom when you have young children and older adults. 
    • Take precautions by adding grab bars, slip proof shower mats
       and rugs that soak up water on the bathroom floor.  
    •  Remember to keep cleaning supplies and medications out of the reach of children.
    • Water temp should be 120 degrees or less for children
    • Keep your bathroom doors closed so small children can't wander in.
    • Beware of sharp objects in your bath area
    • Toys are great fun in the tub but clean them regularly with bleach to prevent mold.
    •  Small children don't realize electrical devices and water don't mix.  Keep curling irons and such safely out of sight.


    15 New Years Resolutions To Make or Not

    Happy New Year to you and your family. Wishing you the best year ever in 2014.   As if you don't have enough, here are a few more resolutions  for you to consider.
    1. The most popular resolution of course is Lose Weight
    2. Be a Blessing to someone every day
    3. Eat More Veggies
    4. Get Healthy
    5. Exercise more 
    6. Learn a New Skill
    7. Make your Bed 
    8. Inspire others
    9. Watch Less TV
    10. Love Harder
    11. Have More Fun
    12. Make New Friends 
    13. Laugh More
    14. Never Give Up
    15. Don't Make Resolutions

    New Year Tree Made from Christmas Tree

    Image: Our Best Bites
    My daughter is doing a tree like this for New Years.  I thought it was such a great idea.  I hope I have blogged this in time for those of you who would like to ring in 2012 in a unique way. 
    My daughter's  tree will have a party hat at the top where the Christmas star usually goes.  We were at a store after Christmas looking at New Years hat and horns and etc and a lady and her three children are standing there also looking...she said this is how she and her kids celebrate.  When the ball drops, they burst the balloons.  My daughter said, oh my gosh, this is my new tradition.  When I have kids, this is what we will do for New Years.  She is doing her tree getting ready for her boyfriend to fly in from New Jersey.  She is so excited about the tree.  It's amazing what cool ideas complete strangers will share with you.  My future grandchildren are sure to love this idea.  Wish I had known about it when our kids were young.  I was always in a hurry to get the tree down (the day after Christmas) and the kids never were.  Good reason to leave it up.

    Here is Our New Years Tree for 2013. Blow up balloons and  put messages, new year's resolutions, or small gifts inside. You can decorate the tree with items you find at Dollar Tree.  At midnight it's time to pop the balloons, or you can do a countdown with the times to pop the balloons. If your kids are too young stay awake this long, celebrate another country that is in an earlier time zone.  There are so many possibilities with this tree.

    5 Tips for New Years Resolutions

             5 Tips For New Year's Resolutions

    Making a lasting change in behavior is rarely a simple process, and usually involves a substantial commitment of time and effort.

     1.  Be realistic- make your goals attainable. Instead of resolving to never each desserts again, strive for a goal to eat less of your favorite sweets. Don't set yourself up for failure.

     2.  Dealing with Temptation- have a plan to deal with the temptations to come (and they will). Call a friend, think of the rewards of reaching your goal, have activities in place to take your mind off the temptation.

     3.  Reward yourself along the way but make sure it's not a 10 pound box of chocolates if you are trying to lose weight.

     4.  Focus on Positive New behaviors-start a journal and keep yourself accountable for the behavior you are trying to change.

     5   Forgive yourself-slip ups are normal, learn to forgive yourself and get back on track. This is the place that makes or breaks a resolution. When you slip up,it's valuable lesson, we know where the flaw is, and we can fine tune our resolution. For example if we eat something we know we shouldn't, you have two choices in the future.  Refuse to keep junk food in the house or replace these foods with more acceptable choices.


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