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The Top Seven Reasons People Break Their New Year's Resolutions
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Have you broken your New Year's resolution yet?

If so, you aren't alone. Studies suggest that 20% of resolutions are broken within the first week of January. At least 80% are broken within one year, and the actual figure is probably much higher.

But the big question is: Why?

An even bigger question: What can we do about it?

In this article, we'll explore the top seven reasons for breaking resolutions, and proven science-based techniques for avoiding them.

#1. All-or-none thinking.

"Resolutions" set us up for failure by luring us into all-or- none thinking. Most people think in terms of "keeping" their resolutions, or "breaking" them.

Thinking in black-or-white terms of "success" or "failure" can be fun as long as you are making good progress. But the joy of feeling like a "pure success" soon fades with the first minor setback, and you plunge into feeling like a total failure.

In other words, all-or-none thinking leads to the next cause of breaking resolutions: the snowball effect.

#2. The snowball effect.

We've all experienced the snowball effect: letting a minor lapse snowball into a major relapse and a total collapse. Because all-or-none thinking is a major factor, it happens to resolution- makers all the time.

D'ieters frequently suffer from the snowball effect as well, because they typically think in terms of being "on" their diet, or "off" it. Any little setback leads them to think that they have "broken" it, and they pig out.

#3. Overlooking progress, and dwelling on setbacks.

The "law of effect" is the most fundamental law in psychology. It's simple: actions followed by rewards are strengthened and likely to recur.

It seems obvious, but most people do just the opposite. Study after study has shown people who try -- and fail -- to make life changes self-reward too little, and self-punish too much.

Resolutions-makers (and dieters) do this all the time. After two weeks of healthy eating and exercise, for example, they have an ice cream cone. But instead of rewarding themselves for two weeks of solid progress, they beat themselves up over their minor setback.

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New Beginnings (Zen Steps For Starting Fresh)

Along with the joy and excitement of the New Years season, a feeling of sadness often exists side by side. This feeling sometimes grows stronger after the New Year itself has passed. During this period we consciously or unconsciously review the year that has gone by, how it has met our expectations and the ways in which we have developed or grown. We also become aware of our disappointments, both in others and in ourselves. The New Year itself can seem daunting to some, challenging to others, filled with excitement or with fear.

            However, it is important to realize that a new year is new. Just as each breath we take is a fresh one, unless we carry the past with us as heavy baggage, unless we cling to old memories and mistakes, we can begin to live this year in a way that is truly refreshing and healing as well. Each day, each moment offers us this opportunity, if we know how to enter it truly.

            Whatever has happened, or hasnt happened, however the new year appears to you, there are several steps we all can take in starting a truly new chapter, making a beginning that is fresh and new.

            Step 1  is to realize that in order for our year to be new, we have to be new. No matter how much we may want to hold onto the old, life itself is a series of changes. When we resist change, we resist life itself. Though difficult at times, change brings new growth, values, goals and understanding. As we say good-bye to plans, hopes, and old ways of being, we can open the door to new experience and fulfillment.

Along with the joy of new growth, growing pains can be common. Dont be afraid of a little sadness or fear. It is natural, to be expected. Welcome it with open arms in the realization that new life is on the way. Allow yourself to feel what you feel. Then let the feeling go and move straight, directly into the present moment. The present moment is always filled with wonder, freshness and endless possibilities.

            Step 2  Go over your past year with fresh eyes. Instead of finding everything wrong that has happened, find everything right that went on. Make a list of the good things that happened to you. Make a list of the ways in which people in your life pleased you, and the ways in which you pleased them as well. Make a list of the things you admire and respect about who you are. (The more you admire and respect yourself, the easier it is to embark and succeed at new goals and dreams). Most of the time we focus upon the negative and in this manner throw ourselves into depression. Change this habit now. By focussing on what went right each day, the year will be truly new.

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Healthy Thought

“Another fresh new year is here . . . Another year to live! To banish worry, doubt, and fear, To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me To live each day with zest . . . To daily grow and try to be My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity Once more to right some wrongs, To pray for peace, to plant a tree, And sing more joyful songs!”

William Arthur Ward

Healthy Recipe

  • Twice-Baked Potatoes

    We are nearing the end of this year's NFL season, which means that I'm going to use each Sunday as an excuse to make nowhere near good-for-you food. Last season I featured Game Day Potato Skins, which were topped with melted vegan cheese and soy bacon bits. Yesterday, while watching the Saints beat the Falcons, I enjoyed many of the same ingredients but reworked them into a twice-baked potato.

    The steps are simple bake the potato, scoop out the filling, mix the filling with a handful of ingredients you shouldn't indulge in too often, put the filling back in the potatoes, and bake againand the results are delicious. By baking the mixed filling, you allow the soy cheese to melt, the flavors to combine, and the top to form a barely crunchy crust. I am known for cutting corners when it comes to recipes, but trust me, you shouldn't with this one. Whatever you do, don't skip the last step of baking the potatoes again. That is the key to the recipe. Enjoy!

    Twice-Baked Potatoes

    4 large baking potatoes
    1/4 cup vegan sour cream
    1/2 cup soy milk
    1/4 cup shredded vegan cheddar cheese
    2 Tbsp. vegan margarine
    2 Tbsp. soy bacon bits
    Salt and pepper, to taste
    2 Tbsp. sliced chives

    "Preheat the oven to 400F. Bake the potatoes in the preheated oven for 1 hour, or until tender.

    "When the potatoes are done, remove from the oven and lower the temperature to 375F.

    "Allow the potatoes to cool slightly, then cut out a wedge that is about 1/4 the size of the potato from the top. Scoop the potato filling into a bowl.

    "Add the vegan sour cream, soy milk, vegan cheese, margarine, and vegan bacon bits to the potato filling and mash the filling or use a hand mixer to blend. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    "Spoon the mixture into the potato skins, top each with chives and bake for another 15 minutes.

    Makes 4 servings

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