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2018 The New Year! A Few New Year Resolution Ideas!

Updated on December 26, 2017
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Jassel is a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA). Seeking a degree in Criminal Justice, Graduation 11/18


The Most Common Resolution

One of the most common resolutions for the new year, every year is to lose weight. It can be difficult for some individuals, but I want to share with you what worked for me.

When I was pregnant, I had gestational diabetes. This was diagnosed late in my pregnancy, so I had to make changes, and I had to make some changes quick because I was gaining too much too fast.

What did I cut out?

I did not follow any specific guidelines, I just cut out a few things from my daily food intake. I cut out all carbonated drinks, also juice. So, basically, all I drank was water. Which is very good for you! I cut out bread, and I mean all bread! I also cut out pasta and cereal! What others may realize, is that I cut out all carbs. So, what did I eat? I ate meats, such as chicken. I am not a fan of seafood so none of that was on my plate! I ate salads! This was my main dish. A salad can be altered to taste in so many ways, it can have so many different tastes and flavors. It is crazy.

You know what is funny? On this diet, I ate more than ever. I always had some peanuts, honey roasted or plain, as well as some almonds with me for when I felt hungry. I also had a bag full of multi-grain cheerios. Delicious! So, I ate more often.

What I ate pretty much every day:

  • Breakfast – Think-Zone Protein Bar – I prefer Strawberry
  • Lunch – Salad – Plain – Lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and hidden valley ranch
  • Dinner – Varies, my two favorite things I would eat was – chicken wrapped in bacon with cheese, with a very small amount of mashed potatoes, with green beans on the side.

Even though I was pregnant, eating like this, I dropped 9lbs in 2 weeks! That was the most I have ever lost in that amount of time.

Anyways, enough of all that. Losing weight can be hard, but if that's your goal, you can do it!

"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals."

— Melody Beattie

Quit Smoking

If you smoke, you should try to quit. It would be a great benefit to your health and an outstanding accomplishment. Smoking tobacco harms nearly all organs within your body, decreases your lifespan, and it can also cause many health issues. Consider trying to vape, I have heard it has helped millions stop smoking tobacco!


"Smoking is hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, and dangerous to the lungs."

— King James I

Do something for yourself!

It is a new year, and I know how it feels to be constantly worrying about others and you never really have time to do something for yourself. Consider planning you a night out, if you have a partner, take them with you go on a date night. Got kids? Get a babysitter, the family night can be another day! Make one day all about you! Don’t have time? Buy something for yourself, get that new phone or the new pair of shoes you have been dreaming about! it is a new year, its been a long year, you have accomplished many things, you deserve it! The least you can do is do something just for yourself at least one day out the year!

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."

— Mark Twain

"Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need."

— Gillian Anderson

Plan to Volunteer!

Giving back is always a wonderful thing to do. The main benefit of volunteering is the self-fulfillment you get back knowing that you have helped, made another’s day, or put a smile on a little face. I know that with family, work, and school it can be hard to find time to volunteer, but I have great news for you! With technology today and how far it has come, you can volunteer from home! For college, I had required volunteer work, but I knew with my schedule it was going to be impossible to go to my local church or library to volunteer. I just did not have time. Then, I found out you can volunteer for many remarkable things online! I did two volunteer projects. My main project was making homemade postcards for sick children. it made me feel so good when I dropped all my postcards in the mail, knowing that it may brighten their day and even though they are in pain, they might just smile. I also made survival paracord bracelets for US troops. If you are interested in creating postcards or making bracelets I have included the links below.

"Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer."

— Allen Klein


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