What Will You Change in 2013?

change2A new year is before us and as usual my adrenalin level is running high. There are so many things I’d like to change about myself, but rather than make things too complicated, I’m just going to take one day at a time. I know that if I try to take on too much, I’ll become overwhelmed and things won’t get done.

Before 2012 ended, I treated myself to a new membership with Planet Fitness. My goal is to lose those ten pounds that’s been following me for the past few years.  I’m about 2 weeks into my weekly exercise routine that consists of 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise and 30 minutes of strength training and so far,  I like the results I am beginning to see.  I recently read that it takes 21 days to create a good habit and only 7 days to break it. I’m two weeks into it, so I’m almost there.

I want to also change the foods I eat. I’ve learned that processed  and fried foods are really not good for human consumption, so I’ll gradually phase those things out by substituting fresh and baked or broiled foods. Eating more fruits, vegetables and less carbohydrates will also help me to reach my weight loss goal.

Among other goals I’ve set for 2013 is to learn another language (preferably Spanish). I’ve also enrolled in an online class in order to get an Associate Degree in Interior Decorating.  Decorating is something I really love doing and I have a passion for it. It’s been said that if you find something you really enjoy doing, it will never be called a job.

Self improvement is another area in my life that has and always will be an ongoing process for me. I am determined to see change and improvement in everything I do.  All of my efforts will be fueled with positive thoughts and an attitude that refuses to quit even if I fail at something a few times.

What will you change about yourself in 2013?  Your goals may be big or small  but it really doesn’t matter. Just keep in mind that your goals will only be accomplished through daily effort and persistence. No goal worth attaining comes easy–so stay in there until you’ve achieved it. Remember, “winners never quit and quitters never win”!

Make Wealth History

In the past, most things that you owned were built to last. Household goods were expensive, and you looked after what you had, repairing things and maintaining them. In the early 20th century, new industrial processes and new materials – plastic especially – began to change that. One of the first and best known examples is the Dixie cup, invented in 1907 in response to a health scare about shared tin cups used at public water fountains. Vending machines with paper cups were a much more hygienic solution. Today, we get through billions of paper and plastic cups every year, 146 billion in the US alone.

It’s a funny thing, disposability. One-use items are often more convenient. You don’t need to wash them and put them away, or worry about breaking them, and they’re more hygienic, especially for medical equipment. On the other hand, it’s far cheaper to own…

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‘I Didn’t Get Thin’, and Other 2012 Fails

I didn’t get thin either, but my goal to accomplish this obstacle in 2013 is at the top of my “to do list”.

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1759287325906430_mog9bpdo_c It’s almost the end of the world year, and that can only mean one thing: lists. We make lists to commemorate the end of a crappy year, and then we make new ones to overload ourselves with selfish hopes for a new one. I for one, love this tradition, and plan on sharing my morsels of self-loathing with you!

2012 was no highlight of my life; I didn’t achieve a coveted trophy or pop out a baby. My year consisted mostly of dieting, dating, and then a long dry stretch of celibacy which included learning how to cook. I didn’t learn how to “act like a boss”, though I did finish Mass Effect 3 five times before realizing that freewill is a lie, and that the ending will never ever ever change.

I could use this opportunity to toot my own horn, but what fun would that be? It is the…

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