We have compiled together some of our ideas for you new year resolution.
Eat a different fish for every day of January
This is a great way of starting a diet as fish is generally low calorie – if you can avoid it battered and with a big pile of chips. Why not try to eat a new fish for every day of January. We did it – and it is easier to get to 30 fishes than you think – even without getting to a well stocked fishmonger. You can start with the more common fish – Cod, Haddock, Plaice, Trout, Salmon, Tuna, Sole, Herring (Kippers) and Mackerel – even before you get onto the shell fish of Crab, Lobster, Mussels, Whelks, Winkles, Oysters, Prawns and Shrimps.
And if you start to look around you could easily find Skate, Hake, Coley, Hoki, Perch, Pike, Eel, Halibut, Swordfish, Huss and Squid … before you know it you will easily be up to 30.
Improve your presentation skills
Presentation skills are perhaps one of the most important life skills that you can learn. Why not set yourself a resolution to book yourself onto a training presentation skills training class.
Resolve to read a book a month
A great way of getting an escape – if you only read the paper or magazines – resolve to have read twelve books by the end of the year.
Grow 12 different vegetables.
This was one of my most successful New Years Resolutions. Within a year I had grown in a very small plot Radishes, French Beans, Lettuce, Spinach, Potatoes, Carrots, Sweet Corn, Mini Cauliflower, Tomatoes, Courgettes and Cabbages – admittedly it was not a massive harvest, but it was good fun and very healthy, both for body and soul.
Or if you are like most of the country and want to either get fit or lose weight here are two ways of doing it. We have a list of easy to grow vegetable ideas.
Brush up on PowerPoint
If your presentation skills are up to scratch you could try improving your PowerPoint skills. Most people can manage to produce a few bullet point slides but you could take it much further by adding in pictures video and animation.
Join a Yoga class – you will both get fit and learn to relax. If you are pressed for time most swimming pools open for early morning or lunch time swimming.
This is an idea that I cannot say that I am an expert on – as like 97% of dieters I have struggled to find one that has worked for me long term. With Weightwatchers I lost the most weight, but it came back within the year and was hard work. The Akins diet showed by far the fastest weight loss and I lost a stone in three weeks. The trouble was that I felt really very grotty during this period and I was not easy to live with.
But of all the diets the one that has worked longer time than all of the others was to stop eating when your stomach told you that you had had a sufficiency. We are so used to overriding this natural reflex that most young children have. It does usually mean not having pudding or second helpings and frequently means stopping eating with you plate still full. This is the method that I used to gradually lose two stone (28 pounds) over the course of a year – and to this day one of those stones (14 pounds) has never gone back on.
Start a new hobby
Hobbies are a great way to occupy your mind and to help you relax. We have developed a very long list of hobby ideas for you to try out.
Whichever resolution you chose – try an easy one – as it is very rewarding at the end of the year to say that you were able to achieve your new years resolution.
Do you have any ideas for a New Year Resolution? Just add them into the box below.
11 December 2008
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