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1/7/19 9:10 P

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not to make one lol



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1/7/19 6:07 P

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I don't make resolutions. I make the decisions on how the make the next day better.








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MARYJOANNA's Photo MARYJOANNA Posts: 10,701
1/6/19 7:26 A

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I don't do New Year's resolutions



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1/5/19 8:48 A

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Absolutely: the old adage 'different strokes for different folks.'

This exercise in looking back has not only been enlightening, but also quite encouraging. I have accomplished many great things so far: quit drinking 5/1984, soda 6/2008, smoking 8/2010. I believe we can all accomplish this challenge:weight/fitness too..


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1/4/19 10:05 P

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I don't think Spark People is wishy washy. I think some of the articles are opinion pieces and everyone has an opinion...Lol. A lot of articles are what worked for the author. Different things work for different people, just like there are all kinds of diets, one size doesn't fit all. emoticon

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1/4/19 9:20 P

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LOL - I find Spark to be contradictory, not to mention wishy-washy.. The articles offer mixed messages: 'make new years resolutions' , 'do not make resolutions' etc, so I make Decisions instead . Happy New Year All Best Wishes for a Healthy New Start on your life choices.

This exercise in looking back has not only been enlightening, but also quite encouraging. I have accomplished many great things so far: quit drinking 5/1984, soda 6/2008, smoking 8/2010. I believe we can all accomplish this challenge:weight/fitness too..


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1/4/19 3:02 P

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Glad to see others with not-resolutions this year! (:

Went to the gym Thursday noon. Easily found parking space. :D

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1/4/19 10:03 A

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No resolutions:

This exercise in looking back has not only been enlightening, but also quite encouraging. I have accomplished many great things so far: quit drinking 5/1984, soda 6/2008, smoking 8/2010. I believe we can all accomplish this challenge:weight/fitness too..


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1/3/19 2:45 P

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I'm resolving to cut WAY back on how much Caribou Mocha I drink. So far I haven't had one in 2019. I will... just not every single day like I was.

Don't put it off until tomorrow because you're just delaying the joy.



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URBANREDNEK Posts: 6,406
1/3/19 12:03 P

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Strictly from my personal perspective --- and with no disrespect to anyone who finds happiness with other approaches (we each need to do what works best for ourselves):

I don't do "resolutions" or "goals". For me, those are just ways to create some kind of artificial and unnecessary stress and competition that would be a totally negative addition to my life. They were forced on me as part of my working life, but I will not allow that to be a part of my personal life.

I live my personal life as a series of choices, based in a series of moments. I try to be truly present in and appreciative of those moments, and make choices that will increase my happiness and enjoyment of those moments. Sometimes the choice I make isn't the healthier choice, but that has no impact on the choices made before that or on the choices to come --- it was a choice of the moment, and that is just fine with me.

Today, like every day, I will have multiple opportunities to choose whether to experiment with some new foods and flavours or to enjoy some comfortable favourites. I will have multiple opportunities to choose activities that either have me out and physically moving or tend more towards mental exercise, or a happy mix of the two. Each of those opportunities will arrive, a choice will be made, and then the moment will pass and I'll be on to the next moment in time - and the only one with control over those choices and their emotional / physical / mental impact on my life is me.

I have no need for "continuous improvement" and I prefer to stay in my "comfort zone", thank you. I might choose to extend the limits of that "comfort zone", but that is a matter of enjoyment and appreciation and not about struggling for "better / faster / stronger / thinner".

Each time I've visited this forum I have had the choice whether to read or respond to the various threads. In this particular moment, I have chosen to respond to this thread - with the hope that someone out there who has a similarly negative reaction to all of the "motivation" and "competition" and "raise the bar" stuff that works for others might see that it is entirely possible to have a different approach and still learn to make choices that make their own life happy and healthy.

Hopefully we each find the path that makes us happy and healthy - and can appreciate what works for others without needing to be the same.

Sir Terry Pratchett: "Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."

"The Inuit Paradox" ( discovermagazine.com/2004/oct/inuit-
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1/3/19 11:30 A

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I want to keep doing what I am doing now!

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1/3/19 10:40 A

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I don't do traditional Resolutions.
I do have goals-using an incentive-and plan of action.
If you would like an incentive and a good plan for January, read
this blog! It is at the head of the Popular blogs today and great!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=6553990


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BLUECAFE's Photo BLUECAFE Posts: 11,313
1/2/19 1:07 P

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I don't make resolutions but I do always get a new planner and it always feels like a fresh start!

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1/1/19 11:04 P

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My only one is to keep making decisions which support good health!!
My first action step happens next week when I have a doctor's appt to discuss some things....!
HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL!!
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1/1/19 6:53 P

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Don't make them.....

Persistence is more important than perfection.

Don't assume your freedoms are assured.

If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.


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1/1/19 5:38 P

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Just as last year;

I’m not afraid to eat out

I’m not afraid to go to a gathering; birthday party, wedding, funeral, super bowl party, etc.

I’ve sworn off of no food.

I’ll live in the moment.


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1/1/19 11:10 A

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I can do these too.



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1/1/19 8:58 A

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I love the New Year! All the decorations and Christmas items put away. Back to clean and no clutter! Back to making it easier to make healthy choices as the cookies and cakes and drinks are gone! Not to return until Thanksgiving here.
I have the same resolution (not a not) to be happy, eat healthy and keep moving!

Live, Laugh, Love!!


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1/1/19 7:55 A

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These are great reminders!!!! I am definitely focusing on eating healthy and getting my budget under control. Each day is indeed a new day to refocus on goals.

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1/1/19 3:32 A

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Or, as the YMCA employees say, "The parking lot becomes less full in February." :D So here's my not-resolutions for the new year -- which, pretty much, are the same resolutions I'm already following or are working on.

1. Follow your internal cues. Make a resolution when you and your lifestyle are ready, not because you feel societal pressure to.

2. Eat when hungry. Understand causes of hunger, particularly external and emotional triggers, as well as cravings.

3. Leftovers are good. (:

4. Cheat days are better. :D

5. If you fall off the diet, get back on. It's no different than were you to start your diet later.

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