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As we come to the half-way point in month one of 2014, you’ve probably given all of your New Year’s Resolutions a hearty try. And you’ve probably also realized that most of them cause more stress than good!
It’s a new year and as we all know, most people’s resolution is to get in shape. While that’s all fine and dandy, it takes a lot of discipline to drop those pounds and even more control to maintain your desired weight after you’ve shed that fat. Getting and staying fit, exercising and eating right can be difficult tasks to achieve when you’re not used to it, and while I’m no fitness expert, I’ve certainly been making great strides in altering my old lifestyle of laziness and bad eating habits. During my journey, I’ve discovered a few ways to keep me driven and on the right track, so why not share? Take a look at these five tricks that can help you get it right for the new year, and keep it tight for years to come.
Don’t Deprive Yourself
Oftentimes, we get ourselves on diets that force out all those oh-so-good foods that are really bad. But we don’t need a quick, one-time fix that we’re going to ditch after we melt away the fat, we’re talking about changing our lifestyles here—think long-term. Our bodies need fat, so don’t think you’re not supposed to consume fatty foods, just know which ones are good for you, and indulge in moderation. (There’s good fat, and there’s bad fat, but as I said, I’m no fitness expert, therefore you can go ahead and Google the difference.)
For those junky, super-processed treats that we love so much (soda, chips, candy bars and well, you know the rest), while they really hold no nutritional value, it’s okay to chop ‘em down from time to time. If you don’t allow yourself a day or two out of the week to enjoy those snacks you so desperately desire (remember, it’s all about moderation), when you finally get your hands on them after a long stretch of time, things won’t be pretty. So go ahead, get your Dunkin Donuts, Frito Lay and cookies and cream on every once in a while. It won’t hurt.
Need help getting your stuff in order in 2014? You’re not alone. To help you get off on the good foot on January 1, here are 11 New Year’s resolutions for black women to commit to for the next 12 months. And trust us when we say we’re talking to ourselves with these resolutions too.
1. Stop judging natural or relaxed hair
Look, it’s not your head; therefore it does not matter whether the sista next to you has been bantu knotting her natural tresses since the beginning of time or just got a touch up at the salon. Let it go and do what you do.
I don’t know where you are in life, but believe me—life will change. How it changes will be determined by your thoughts and perspective. Great things are happening… so let’s position ourselves for success. Our New Year begins today! If you don’t want to miss it, start by:
1. Choosing Your Focus: We have to think on a higher level than our current experience if we want to see change. A famine mentality focuses on lack. If you focus on your hunger, your desperation will be your undoing.
2. Honoring Your Instincts: …Radical change requires radical action. All around me—even from complete strangers—the same message keeps coming… be ready! I can ignore it and stay the same. Or, I can heed it and believe for a difference. I choose to believe.
3. Walking in Integrity: When we compromise our integrity, we trade pieces of our soul for something temporal. We can’t even enjoy the trade, because what we lose is far more than what we gain. There are no short cuts to greatness—anyone who tells us differently is milking our pain for their own gain.
You’ve got to read the rest of Coach Felicia’s word over on ESSENCE.com. Her tips could be the exact boost you need to jumpstart a new life!
Why wait until January to start your New Year’s resolutions? There are 15 things you can do right now to improve and prepare yourself for the coming year.
Write it down
It’s proven that writing out a vision or goals and positing them somewhere you can revisit them daily is a key factor in success. Try sticky notes on the mirror, a white board on the fridge, or a small journal by your bed.
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No good ever came from worrying, or being negative, or dwelling on the past. That is only a waste of time. And time is precious. So here are 14 ways you’re going to stop being down on yourself right now, and for the rest of the year. (And hopefully for the rest of your life!)
For many people staying organized throughout the year can be a challenge; whether it be at home, work office, or even your vehicle. During the month of January, office and home decor stores have their organizational items and tools marked down the entire month of January. You can score planners, file cabinets, folders, calenders, and more for 30 percent to 40 percent off without you needing a coupon! But, make the deal even sweeter by applying a coupon to your purchase. Typically, these coupons can be found on your favorite store’s website. Creating a Health and Wellness Plan
Most workout facilities look to capitalize on your new year’s weight loss goals. This time of year, annual membership fees are usually reduced and some completely eliminated. Also, at some fitness centers, instead of a one-week free pass you can get a pass for a free month. If you’re focused on a diet, seek out weight loss programs that offer reduced introductory offers to help you begin your journey to healthier eating. Currently, Weight Watchers is waiving their registration fee if you join before March 16,2013. For those of you who can’t afford a fee-based diet program try a free meal plan guide such as EatingWell.com
This resolution is usually at the very top of the list for most people. This is primarily due to overspending throughout the holiday season. You can use free online software to help get started with your budget. BudgetSimple.com offers free online software to help you create a budget. This program allows you to allocate your money into separate spending categories. By doing this you set a limit of how much you will spend on your necessities and wants. You can update your information every time you spend money, allowing you to keep track of your spending. Also, there are many money challenges circulating this time of year. (We’ve talked about The 52 Week Money Challenge previously.) This is where you can commit to saving a certain dollar amount periodically to obtain a money-saving goal at the end of the challenge. Take a peek at to help you get started. Kicking The Smoking Habit Not only can smoking be unhealthy for you, it can also drain your piggy bank. Someone with a smoking habit of a pack of cigarettes per day spends around $2,000 annually out of pocket. This is an average of $10,000 over five years. Can you imagine what you can do with $10,000? You could purchase a car, add to your savings, or apply the extra savings towards a new home! Here’s a free quit smoking kit by AAHealth.org to help aid you in kicking the habit. Spending More Quality Time With The Family Quality time with family doesn’t have to cost you money. There are a lot of free things you can do with your family. For example, start a weekly movie night.You can rent free DVD’s from your local library. To keep the fun going, check with your local park district. Typically, there are free events and fairs that your city puts on every month for you and your family to enjoy. Whatever your New Year’s resolution may be, we encourage you to finish what you start. Are you up for the challenge? Tai and Tarin Perry, the Double Saving Divas, are financially savvy identical twin sisters, and investment bankers turned money saving experts. You can also connect with them on their Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube Channel. And be sure to join us on the Madame Noire Business Facebook page for a live chat with the Double Saving Divas this Friday at 3pm. We’ll be answering your questions about saving money, setting a budget, and sticking to it.
Every New Year many people make resolutions. But instead of focusing on the future, reflect on the past in order to make changes. According to Forbes, making a self audit of your life and career in the past year can give you a real clue as to the areas you need to change or develop.
The magazine takes a look at “career and life areas to focus on for the new year.” We have run through five of them.
1) Your morning routine. What didn’t you do last year in the morning that you wished you had? Was it exercise, planning your day, having a family breakfast, or quiet alone time? Make sure to do it this year.
2) Your evening routine. Don’t repeat bad and stressful habits from 2012. “If you normally come home from work frazzled, develop a new routine. You might stop at the gym, read or listen to a different genre during your commute, or spend a few minutes alone before checking mail, jumping into dinner preparation, or catching up with the family,” writes Forbes.
3) Your information diet. What kind of information are you digesting daily? Just like your food intake, your information intake can affect your mood. “Be deliberate about what gets your attention, and unsubscribe/cancel the rest,” says Forbes of magazine and newsletter subscriptions and your daily media diet.
4) Your online activity. How much time do you spend online? Have you become a member of every social network just to jump on the bandwagon? Forbes suggests keeping only the networks you use regularly and drop the others.
5) Your network. Are you repeating the same social scene as least year? If it is a case of been there, done that, then branch out. “Prune your relationships,” suggests Forbes. “You can still be friendly with old connections, but you may want to build new connections or deepen other relationships.”
What are some of the habits you had in 2013 that you want to shed for the new year?