e-Wise Woman: Health tips for women on the go | Issue 3 | Fall 2011

Make Fall Your "New" New Year

"How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time," says Donna Marie. "Sometimes we don't take on a task because we feel overwhelmed. Little bits are better than big chunks. That's how you move forward. If your resolution was to organize or renovate a bathroom or your kitchen and you haven't even started, break it into small pieces."

Learn Something New

Maybe you wanted to obtain a certification that would help you in your career or learn French or how to use Excel.  There's still time.  Consider local community colleges that offer a wealth of courses at various times and locations.

Resolved To Eat Healthier?

Skip the junk food aisle during your grocery-shopping trip. Or practice portion control by using a smaller plate. Congratulate yourself for each day that you go without your daily soda pop or candy bar. "Find an accountability partner," adds Donna. "Call them and tell them when you've succeeded, or to talk you out of a craving."

Resolved To Exercise?

"Going out for an hour walk or getting to the gym may feel overwhelming, but you can take 10 minutes every morning and just do some movement, that gets you into a practice," Donna advises. "Get up, jog in place, do a few jumping jacks."

Remember, the beauty of a New Year's resolution is that it is supposed to make your life better, not make you stressed out or miserable. So keep things positive, and ask yourself, "What can I do today?".

"Look at the three main things you really wanted to accomplish this year," Donna concludes. "Which one is the most important? What would give you the most satisfaction? Focus on that one and break it down. Don't be hard on yourself if you haven't finished or started."
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