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New Year new plans

Updated on January 1, 2010

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It's that time of the year again

 January 1st, the day to decide your new plans for the rest of the year.  The day you come up with a list of New Year's Resolutions you have no intention of ever keeping.  Well, I have decided, that as 2010 is the last year that I'll be in my naughty forties, this is the year that I intend to keep my resolutions.  But oh, the pressure, because now I have to come up with resolutions which are realistic.  Think I'm getting a blood pressure headache just thinking about it.  Okay, so here goes.

Resolution number 1:  I will lose 20kg by June 2010.  Okay, this sounds difficult, but I hauled out the Penny Lancaster Hot Legs DVD I bought my daughter for Christmas last year, and spent a good half an hour sitting on the couch eating a packet of Doritos watching the damn thing.  I reckon I can do it.  Four times a week I'll follow the moves.  Hey, I can lay on the floor and do pelvic thrusts with the best of them.  So, January the 2nd will be the start of my fitness regimen.

Resolution number 2:  I will eat healthily and start to count my calories.  Someone at school showed me this website where you just type in the food you eat and it works out the calories for you.  I can do that.  I can type.  So, one cup of coffee a day, no soda, limited alcohol, daily doses of fresh fruit, limited intake of carbs and fats.  Piece of cake.  Okay, have never yet succeeded with that food intake thing.  My cooking is just too good.  But this year, I am going to do it.

Resolution number 3:  I am going to save money.  Crikey, how the hell, but okay, I will do it.  If I cut down on cooking and live basically on fresh stuff, yeah no worries, I can do that.  I need to save money for some of my other resolutions.  I can beat the high cost of living.  I have the power.

Resolution number 4:  I am going to drive from Moshi Tanzania to Cape Town South Africa.  For that I need to get my Pajero serviced, dash that costs money, but hey.  I can do that.  It's just under 5000km, a walk in the park.  Anybody wants to come along, I'll be leaving the middle of June.  Of course, the end of July I shall have to drive back again.

Resolution number 5:  I will be visiting my friend Tessa in Israel during the Easter holidays.  Ahhhh more money, but yeah, if I live cheaply and basically and spend all my free time on my exercise regimen, I can do it.

Resolution 6:  I will update my blogs and regularly.  Included with that will be regularly maintaining my website  Hopefully, the internet will cooperate a little more over here.  And I'll market my books much better.

Resolution 7:  I will have The Case of Billy B published and will start on my next book.  Some hubbers sent me some great material that I can use.  Thanks to those hubbers who I shall let remain anonymous, but you know who you are.  So, I need to get back to my editing after I finish this list.

Resolution 8:  I shall have more patience with my children who sometimes frustrate the hell out of me.  Enough said.  Those of you who are parents will know what I'm talking about.

Resolution 9:  I will become more organized in my work and daily life.  I'll start making lists to compensate for my failing memory as Alzheimers starts to set in.  I'll prepare my lessons well in advance, and allocate time properly for writing and my new fitness regimen.

Resolution 10:  I'll be better at replying to emails and keeping in regular contact with family and friends.  This will have to be worked into my day along with my cooking of healthy food, picking veggies from my garden and doing my Penny Lancaster Fitness DVD.  When I grow up I want to have long slim legs like Penny Lancaster.

I'll keep checking my resolutions throughout the year to make sure I'm keeping on track.  This year, 2010, is the year of determination and will power.  Yeah, you go girl!  That was just a line of encouragement to myself.  I wish all of you a prosperous and highly successful 2010, filled with happiness, love and laughter.  Hang in there and we'll support each other to make 2010 the year of keeping resolutions.


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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Isabelle, don't worry making the resolutions is the easy part, it's the keeping them that's going to be the struggle!

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      Isabelle22 8 years ago from Somewhere on the coastline

      You have some great resolutions. I feel inadequate now as I have none. Oh well there is always next year :)

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Hey BP I can't stop making the sausages as I supply the local expat supermarket! Did you get my email!

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Wow Cindy this sounds like the plan. I don't know how you are going to do without your weiners you make though they are just too darn good.

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Uliveulearn, not sure about Cindyvine legs, prefer the Penny ones!

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      uliveulearn 8 years ago from Canada

      LOL and Yikes but I believe you just may have the will power. More patience for the children might be a tough one. It is a never ending resolution for me even when they are grown. We can do go girl. And hey, all you need is cindyvine legs...

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Hey Springboard, I like that, your resolution was to make a list of resolutions. Well, that's a good start! lol

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      Springboard 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Good luck in the successful completion of all of the above. My own resolutions will have to wait until 2011, though. My 2010 resolution was to make a list of resolutions. :)

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Dohn I like to keep myself busy and am hoping to achieve my goals. Went to price laptops to replace mine that was stolen....scary!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      You never cease to make me laugh, Cindy. Mind over matter, you can do it! I'm cheering for ya. You're really keeping yourself busy for 2010, aren't you? Best of luck to you, Cindy!

      Happy New Year :D


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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Paradise, wellllllll hope I can keep most of them!

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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Good resolutions all, and if you do actually keep them all, I hereby dub you SUPERWOMAN!!!

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Ethel, I've been very good, have signed up to the calorie counter on the website. It's great!

      Tatjana, Happy New Year to you as well.

      LizzyBoo, this is my year to change my life.

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      LizzyBoo 8 years ago from Czech Republic

      Well done! New Year is all about putting new efforts into our life! Lizzy

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Happy New Year and wish you good luck with all your resolutions...

      (I do not make any specific plans on 1st of January, they just come in my mind when is right time for them).

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Happy Hew Year. Broken any resolutions yet?

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Travelespresso, thanks for the luck, I need all the luck I can get!

      FP, I'm sure you are an exceptional cook!

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      Way to go Cindy! I can't even claim to be a good cook...just a superlative eater! :P

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      travelespresso 8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Too funny Cindyvine. Happy 2010 to you. I do so enjoy your writing and I wish you much luck with booming book sales.

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Duchess, I hope the books will help pay for my new laptop! lol

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      Duchess OBlunt 8 years ago

      cindyvine - I chuckled while reading you resolutions. I have a feeling you will actually get most of them done. If you can get the work on the book(s) completed, maybe you won't need to save so much money? Good luck with all of them. This is a hefty "To Do" list for 2010. All the best!

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Raguett, I'll take a look at that.

      Hello, hello thanks and same to you!

      Pamela, I don't only want to get one published, I want to get another one written!

      Alekhouse, I'm just researching whether I should drive through Mozambique, or Zambia and Zimbabwe or Zambia and Botswana. I'd like to do one route down and another route up.

      Violetsun, you just have to start seeing the funny side of everything, that'll make you smile and when you smile, you're happy. Good luck with your resolutions!

      Jaspal, so I must be nifty when fifty, eh?

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      Jaspal 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Happy New Year Cindy and good luck with your resolutions. Forties is passe, and it's good you're getting over that stage ... the real naughties are in their fifties. That's when one stops bothering to change oneself to become a better person ... who cares?

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Happy New Year! And I smiled at how you captured what most of us go through when making resolutions. hehe. My resolution this year is to be more joyful, and less intense, in other words to lighten up, bout' time! :)

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I can definitely connect with some of you New Year's resolutions. The first three I am going to try to work on.

      Driving from Moshi to Cape Town, I don't think so! nor will I be in Israel any time soon. However; updating my blogs, as well as my website, is on my list. 7&8 are out, but the last two could stand a little attention.

      Thanks for the tips.

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      Pamela Oglesby 8 years ago from United States

      Cindy, Good luck with those resolutions. Just getting a book published would be adequate for me and I hope you will be able to meet that goal. Best of luck to you in 2010.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Good luck and well done. All the best for the New Year

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Thanks Hmrjmr! And here's one back to you!

      Emievil, will definitely let you know when the book is published!

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      emievil 8 years ago from Philippines

      Good luck Cindy on all your New Year's Resolution. Just say when your book will be published and we'll have the amazon page in our hubs for promotion :).

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      Hmrjmr1 8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      CV - Happy New Year and much good fortune and determination on completing your goals! Here's a YGG! From Me! HNY!