Saturday, December 31, 2011

No More Resolutions - New Year's Resist-olutions!

New year, new life and new resolutions to break. What's new with that? With all the new things going around us, only one thing is constant and that is change. You've heard it a lot of times before but this time, stop hearing it. Understand it. Change is good if the change is for the good. You're big enough to know what's right and wrong -- this is what our parents always tell us. If you've never been told that, well, at least you know now. This year, I won't be having a New Year's resolution. Instead, I'll be making some New Year's Resist-olutions.

At least for me, I'm going to let you know what changes I want for myself in the coming 2012 and when the year ends, I can look back on this 2012 resist-olution (New year's resolution, reverse psychology way). We've always been promising stuff like, I'll go to gym starting January (No wonder gym membership up in January), or I shall wake earlier to do more productive things, this year, I'll do it the other way around. I'll make 3 resist-olution.

#1 I will resist sleeping late
Sleeping late will only do you harm. We are not getting any younger. Sleeping late has several bad effects, like:
* Sleeping less than six hours a night leads to 48% more chance of developing or dying from heart disease. There is also a 15% more chance of developing or dying from a stroke.
* When you sleep late at night, you will not be able to sleep early the next night and this will create sleeping disorders in your routine. Sleeping disorders produce hormones and chemicals in the body that increase the risk of developing ailments.
* If you sleep late at night you will get up late in the morning and once you get up you will feel very tired and lazy. This will not allow your day to start well plus you will not be able to work efficiently.
* When you sleep late, your body unleashes a ton of destructive hormones like cortisol, into your bloodstream. Cortisol is a stress hormone; too much of it, and it can seriously affect your cell health.

So, sleeping late will give you a bad health and an unproductive day. Starting 2012, I will resist to sleeping late!

#2 I will resist eating unhealthy foods
People worry too much on what they eat between December and January.What they should worry about is, what they eat between January to December. In connection to my first resist-olution, we are not getting any younger. Eating unhealthy foods will only cause us our health and resources. Would you rather enjoy and eat now then pay your hospital bills later rather than eat healthy now and enjoy your resources when you grow older?

I've often heard that you must enjoy while you are living. Live to the fullest. This doesn't mean that you should also eat to the fullest. There's a limit to everything. Your body is not a robot. Even robots breakdown. Anything too much is bad for your health. If you eat too much, bad for you. If you work too much, also bad for you. You must learn how to balance everything.

Here's a great tip on how to control your cravings:
1) Know your cravings - Sometimes, you are craving for something because of something lacking in your diet. Identify what you are craving for from the list below and replace those cravings with those on the list.
Chocolate (Magnesium)
Try snacking on natural fruits, nuts, or take a vitamin/mineral supplement.

Sugar or Simple Carbohydrates (Protein & Complex Carbohydrates)
Since Carbohydrates break down into sugars and it metabolizes quickly, it is not a good source of long term energy. What you should take are Carbohydrates that burn down slower like brown/ wild long-grain rice or pasta/bread made from wholewheat flour.

Fried foods (Calcium & OMEGA 3 Fatty Acids)
Omega 3's are good kinds of fat. Eat more fish, milk, cheese or eggs containing these essential oils plus calcium instead.

Salt (Hydration, Vitamin B, Chloride)
When you are craving for something salty, drink water instead. If you are stressed, this can lead to Vitamin B deficiency. Take Vit B supplements too.

2) Eliminate temptation - Get rid of anything and everything tempting from your home. Never ever go to the grocery to buy food when hungry. Same way, if you are dining out in the restaurant, never order food when hungry as you tend to order more than what you can really consume. If you eliminate all the temptations within reach, it will be more hassle to get that chocolate bar because you still need to leave the house.

3) Force yourself to buy good and healthy foods when doing grocery. Again, never shop when hungry.

4) Replace rituals - You don't really need to eat sweets after a meal (I'm guilty). It's just a habit that formed. Instead, provide yourself with a healthy alternative prior like fruits.

5) Resist boredom - If you are bored, you tend to want to eat. Keep yourself busy.

6) Drink water, lots of it! - If you are thirsty, it means that you are already dehydrated. This sometimes can be confused with hunger.

#3 I will resist procrastination
Procrastination will lead to mediocrity and mediocrity is never good. God made us all unique and we must, in our very best ability to deliver what is expected from us. You will reap what you sow. Make sure you do the best in everything that you do. Here's some self-explanatory tips on how to prevent procrastinaion:

1) Stop thinking and thinking. Just start doing. ( “To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.” )
2) Just take the first step ( “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” )
3) Start with the hardest task ( “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” )
4) Don't multitask ( A nice way to say that you’re doing many different things at the same time. And since no one can divide by zero, that means you’re doing many different things half-ass*d. )
5) Finish it ( “Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.” )

So there. Those are my 3 resist-olutions and let's see how many of those will be actually fulfilled within the year. Here's a nice year-ender quote I found on the net,
"Resolve to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made three thousand, six hundred and fifty persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment." - Sydney Smith
Happy New Year everyone!

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spiky said...

hi chef tonio...visiting with a smile.

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kaney said...

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Dave said...

Ahaha, Im always listing all of my new year's resolution for the new year. But guess what? I can't do any of them :P