"A new year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other."-Unknown
By today, studies show that 30 percent of all new year's resolutions made have already been broken. Apparently, there are better odds of staying married for 10 years than keeping a resolution for more than four weeks. So, in case you want to forget those over ambitious, impossible goals you made for 2009 (unless it was to stay married for 10 years) we thought we would help you start over in mid-January with simple, fun ones you may actually remember to keep. Six resolutions and a song that will hopefully remind you to stick to it:
1) "Your BODY Is a Wonderland" by John Mayer
Body resolution: Resolve to have fun when working out.
For a rhythmic way to get the body toned up, try rocking out to local belly dancing lessons. If your lack of coordination has you singing “You Know I’m No Good” there’s no need to fear the public scrutiny of a class. Bring class directly to the privacy of your own home with instructional belly dancing DVDs by twins Veena and Neena Bidasha.
2) "What's On Your MIND" by Information Society
Mind resolution: Resolve to flex the ol' noggin.
Haven't written an essay since 10th grade English class? Pen a composition and put a wrinkle in your brain doing it in 2009. A difficult question of morality is this year's brainteaser in the annual philosophy contest called the Great American Think Off. "Is it ever wrong to do the right thing?" is the theme of the contest. Anyone can enter by submitting an essay of 750 words or less by April 1 (postmark date). The four finalists will be chosen to debate the question on June 13 before a live audience.
3) "Smells Like Teen SPIRIT" by Nirvana
Spirit(s) resolution: Resolve to drink more red wine.
Indulging in more spirits is not a party foul when it involves luscious red wine. With all the great health benefits, conventional wisdom has going for another glass. Our favorite pick right now is Ravenswood Vintner’s Blend Cabernet Sauvignon which pairs nicely with hearty Winter foods such as lamb, steak, and dark chocolate.
4) "HEART of the Matter" by India Arie
Heart resolution: Resolve to listen to your heart (or at least monitor it)
Heart rate zone training is gaining increasing popularity as uber gyms such as Lifetime Fitness emphasize training the heart in all of its aerobic zones. Polar heart rate monitors will track your heart rate stats, as well as the calories that you have burned. Great for conditioning the heart and a reality check when you want to see how many calories you really burned in Wii bowling.
5) "SOULmate" by Natasha Bedingfield
Soul resolution: Resolve to feed your soul.
Sometimes the best food feeds the body and soul. Food and Wine magazine predicts comfort food as the next big food trend with gourmet soul food popping up in fine dining establishments across the country. Ready to jump on the soul food train? The below restaurants are top soul food inspired spots.
Dallas – Jaspers, Hattie's
Washington D.C – Art and Soul
Napa – BarBers Q
6) "ENERGY" by Keri Hilson
Energy resolution: Resolve to energize a small space.
When it comes to redecorating, think small instead of taking on a massive project. Pick a small portion of your office cubicle or the smallest room in your apt or house. Use Feng Shui tips and sites like Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge and Domino magazine's photo galleries for inspired ideas for tiny spaces. (Domino's site even lets you create an online scrapbook of images you like). When your small project is done, not only will you have a new redecorated, re-energized spot, you'll actually have some energy to spare for resolutions 1-5.
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image source: bellytwins.com, howtobellydance.com, redwineheadache.blogspot.com, fried chicken: cookiemag.com, bedroom: apartmenttherapy.com