Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year Resolutions

How many times do we make resolutions for the New Year only to forget about them within a few weeks? Through the years, I have resolved to drink wine only on weekends, stop smoking, stop cursing, eat less, exercise more, eat less chocolate, less pasta, less bread, etc. In truth, the only one I have stopped is smoking, over twenty years ago. It was the best resolution I have kept.
Anyway, my best advice is to do something practical, duable, and realistic. Smoking is very unhealthy, so quitting is a good one to work on for the new year. You'll stop weezing, stop smelling so badly, and feel better. Exercise can boost your energy level, help you lose weight, and have overall better health. Instead of dieting, think about eating healthier. Buy more fruit and vegetables, have a salad before every meal, drink a glass of water before dinner and while you're eating dinner.
Work on things you'll do instead of things you want to stop; for instance, spend more time with friends and family. Spend more time meditating or praying. Spend more time being good to yourself. Love yourself, so you can learn to love others.
Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Everything In Moderation

Many years ago, I decided to go on a diet. I was perhaps fourteen or fifteen, and of course I thought I had to starve myself to lose some weight. My father noticed that I was not eating much, so he sat me down and explained that one need not deny oneself of anything in life, but to do everything in moderation.
"Enjoy eating cake or a plate of spaghetti, just don't eat too much," he said. I have held on to his words of wisdom and have applied them to everything I do. I like spending money but never to the extreme. I love to work but make sure I spend quality time with my family, and I enjoy exercising but I take Saturday and Sunday off.
Diets of any sort seem to require one to stay away from enjoyment; however, moderation allows one to experience almost everything without over doing it.