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The Ten Top New Years Resolutions for 2017 - Still Trying to Improve!

Updated on November 26, 2016

Most of us share the Top Ten New Years Resolutions

I'm sick and tired of not keeping my New Year resolutions, this time I'm hard as nails, I'm determined to succeed!

I'm not the only one, people everywhere make resolutions for the New Year and people everywhere have trouble sticking to them. Is this you too? We probably share the same resolutions as well.

What's on your list? Mine includes many of the items listed below, but this isn't about my New Years Resolutions, but the Top Ten Resolutions.

Most Common New Year Resolutions

So, these are the Top Ten New Years Resolutions. Write them down and see how successful you are at keeping them. I hope that you have more success than I've had in my resolutions over the years. Happy New Year!

1. Stop Smoking

It's so easy to drop one vice and pick up another - overeating. When you quit smoking the food tastes so much better! Incredibly delicious! Your taste buds came alive after quitting. And it's so easy to substitute the cigarette in your mouth for a chocolate bar. Carry chewing gum. Have sticks of celery close to hand. Drink lots and lots of clean fresh rejuvenating water - pure water - your body craves it.

This will be my third quit campaign. I've done it twice and held on - once for almost two years - but I fell by the wayside. Now I realise that my response to stress is to reach for a cigarette and, let's face it, who doesn't have a stressful life these days? So this time I'm taking an active stand about stress. When it hits me, I will drink some cool, clear, water. I'll take a stroll around the block. The craving for nicotine should be controlled and, who knows, my stress may very well have disappeared too.

Many people find the will to quit when they read a book about just what a terrible habit smoking is. How it makes you smell, how it controls your life, how often you do things just so you can have a cigarette, apart from the health risk that smoking brings.

My 2017 Resolution : I'm going to stay on the wagon and kick this foul (and very expensive) addiction once and for all. What spurs me to succeed this time is the cost of the cigarettes!

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I really am so tired of fighting this battle over and over, I give up the smokes, something stressful happens and I'm back on the cigarettes again. This year I'm determined to stop for good.

2. Take Health Seriously

This resolution isn't about exercise or about slogging away at the gym or at home. Not at all.
This resolution is where you START to get into your new healthier lifestyle, it's about taking your body seriously.

First of all it's taking a good, hard look at what food you eat. How much meat do we really need? Does that headache mean caffeine craving or that an eye test is necessary? A good start is getting more water into our daily diet. I'm going to aim for at least a litre of water each day and that's just to start off with and I don't mean water in my coffee.

Make a real commitment to listen to what your body tells you.

Practical things you can do to boost your fitness level (without really trying)

3. Lose Weight - the Battle of the Bulge

The main reason to lose weight is for health, not appearance.Nearly 112,000 deaths per year may be attributable to obesity.

  • The risk of death rises with increasing weight
  • Even moderate weight excess (10 to 20 pounds for a person of average height) increases the risk of death, particularly among adults ages 30 to 64.
  • Overweight and obesity are associated with an increased risk for some types of cancer
  • For every 2-pound increase in weight, the risk of developing arthritis increases by 9 to 13 percent.
  • The incidence of heart disease is higher in persons who are overweight or obese

It all starts with inspiration. Lose Weight with these. Get one and start on your New Years Resolution.

4. Enjoy Life More.

Make an effort to be positive

That's easier said than done, isn't it? No, not all the time.

Sometimes I have to give myself a good kick in the pants. I try the old-fashioned 'Count your Blessings' for a while and that can clear the air for a bit. When I think of the 10,000 dead in the Philippines typhoon, I'm really grateful for the roof over my head, for my little garden (even though it needs a lot of work), for my family (even though I still squabble with some of them) and I'm grateful that I can put food on the table at any time.

I use only positive words to myself and I've found that instead of saying "I will achieve it!", what works for me is when I say "I will do my very, very best"..

My 2017 Resolution : For 10 minutes in the early morning and for 10 minutes last thing at night, I will focus on the good things in my life.

How to Enjoy Your Life

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Just like the old song, Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, I didn't realise there were simple steps to start this process.

Yes, you can shake off pessimism. It won't happen overnight but I can guarantee it gets easier every week


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5. Quit Drinking

This one is tough. If you were like me and thought you were an occasional drinker, then please take a few moments to think again.

Recommended Safe Limits of Alcohol

Men should drink no more than 21 units of alcohol per week (and no more than four units in any one day).

Women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week (and no more than three units in any one day)

What is a unit of alcohol?

One unit of alcohol is 10ml (1cl) by volume, or 8g by weight, of pure alcohol. For example: one unit of alcohol is about equal to:

half a pint of ordinary strength beer, lager or cider (3-4% alcohol by volume), or

a small pub measure (25ml) of spirits (40% alcohol by volume), or

a standard pub measure (50ml) of fortified wine such as sherry or port (20% alcohol by volume).

Three pints of beer, three times per week, is at least 18-20 units per week. That's nearly the upper weekly safe limit for a man. However, each drinking session of three pints is at least six units, which is more than the safe limit advised for any one day.

A 750ml bottle of 12% wine contains nine units. If you drink two bottles of 12% wine over a week, that is 18 units. This is above the upper safe limit for a woman.

I was knocking back 3 to 4 bottles of chardonnay a week! I didn't realise that I was way over the limit for a long time.

6. Organise Yourself - this is one of the keys to reaching your goals

I had to work really hard on this one. Remember when it was said that the computer would usher in the Era of the Paperless Office? Ha to that! Almost at once I had five times the amount of paper.

Worse than that, I never seemed to have time to do all of my jobs and the one that was invariably left out was my house. There's nothing worse than having a messy cluttered house, it makes you feel messy and cluttered too.

7. Learn Something New

With access to the internet, we are no longer restricted by time. All of us can learn at any time of the day or night.

You don't have to step out of your home to learn something new or pursue your interest. Try one of the many online courses and learn at your own pace from the privacy of your own computer.

8. Get out of Debt

Gas prices are through the roof, food prices aren't far behind, jobless rolls are increasing, the mortgage mess is continuing, the housing market is still tanking, and the "R" word is on everyone's lips.

More and more people are turning to credit cards and home equity loans just to stay afloat and some are even using credit cards to pay their mortgages.

Make a determined effort to cut back some of your debt this year - you have to start somewhere.

9. Spend More Time With Family

Make a resolution to spend more time with your family this year.

Schedule family time

At least one day a week sit down to dinner with your family. Eating together, talking together, you can share your successes, and create an atmosphere safe enough to share failures.

Get your family involved in chores such as meal planning. Plan your menus for the month during your next family dinner and you'll have a captive audience.

My 2017 Resolution : I'm going to stop squabbling with a couple of family members. I'll put the past aside and concentrate on the good things in a family. Life is too short for childish bickering.

10. Help People.

Volunteering is an important expression of citizenship and an essential component of democracy. It means the commitment of time and energy for the benefit of society and the community. It's undertaken freely and by choice, without concern for financial gain and can be a fulfilling and gratifying experience.

Make those Resolutions stick! Set your Goals

Make this the year for success

No matter what you've done or failed to accomplish in the past, that was then and this is now!

Let's starting by projecting forward and then thinking back. Project forward to the end of the next twelve months and ask yourself, "If everything happens perfectly, what will it look like?"

Write down your goal.

Write down a list of all the little steps you have to take to reach your goal.

Prioritise those steps.

Do something every day to take yourself along the steps towards your goal.

What's the Most Important New Years Resolution for You?

We all have our New Years Resolution every year. What's your number one resolution?

What is Your Number One New Years Resolution

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© 2007 Susanna Duffy

What are your New Years Resolutions? - We all make them, let's work to keep them

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      Vladimir 3 years ago from Australia

      I'm going to take things easy and not worry too much

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      mstcourtjester 3 years ago

      Basically my new years resolution is to do everything I already do, just a little bit better :)

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      dawnrenee88 3 years ago I have just published this lens. It's a lens about organizing fitness items.

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      jimconrad2 3 years ago

      Enjoy the present moment as much as possible while making progress on all my goals.

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