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New Year, New Resolution to Keep.

When I ask my friends and family about the yearly resolutions many will make today, they often scoff, saying "It's just another thing not to do" or "No one ever keeps them anyway."

In 2011, I resolved to stop biting my nails. It took until about May to really get into the habit, and now, two years later, I'm no longer a nail biter.

In 2012, I resolved to keep my house tidier on a daily basis. No sweat. My house stayed "mother-in-law" ready throughout the year and does to this day. We had a side resolution to (finally) renovate the kitchen -- completed November 19.

So this year, as I nurse my well-earned champagne hangover, I resolve to do what I always said I would not resolve on New Years -- join a gym and actually go -- the whole year.


I've broken my resolution into more realistically attainable goals by quarter:

Jan-March: Go at least 3x per week, attending two group fitness classes and one day of cardio/weights on my own

April-June: Go at least 4x per week, attending two group fitness classes and two days of cardio/weights on my own

July-Sept: Bumping up to 5x per week

Oct-Dec: maintaining that 5x per week pace and incorporating more yoga into my weekly workout


I know, it's easy to say one day in. So I've been researching and have found a few tools that I plan to use to aid in my mission:

1) Weight Watchers - worth every penny for the recipes alone, but the new 360 Spaces tools on the plan are helpful in making positive changes and decisions based on your daily environment. All food and activities are tracked on my iPhone or iPad, so no excuses. I'm also kicking it up a notch by wearing the ActiveLink, a small clip on device that measures your daily movements and activities.

2) Music - I'm one of those gals that needs to have on headphones if I'm working out. No running in silence for me. I found this great list of Pandora stations designed specifically for exercising:

Pandora has announced twelve new workout stations, aimed at people who want something to listen to while exercising. Here are the stations and some of the artists who feature on them:

80′s Cardio – Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, Journey.

Alternative Endurance Training – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Sublime.

Classic Rock Power Workout- AC/DC, Aerosmith, Queen.

Country Fitness – Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean.

Dance Cardio – Deadmau5, Tiesto, David Guetta.

Electronic Cardio – Daft Punk, Skrillex, Diplo.

Hard Rock Strength Training – Linkin Park, Three Days Grace, Disturbed.

Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout – Ke$ha, Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce.

Pop Fitness – Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Train.

Rap Strength Training – Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Eminem.

Yoga – Deep Forest, Deepak Chakra, Brian Eno.

Yoga Workout – Cheb I Sabbah, LTJ Bukem, J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science.


So you all can curse me tomorrow as I'll be one of the many invading your gym and stealing your treadmills.


But I have to ask, what is your NewYear's Resolution?

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