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  Weekly Feature (January 3, 2010)


Welcome to a New Decade
L's Weekly Feature


Congratulations! Youíve just survived a tumultuous year and decade filled with violent ups and downs. Letís hope that the recession is over and good times are ahead.

Have you made any new year resolutions? If you have, click on Resolution Potion for help on keeping your resolutions. Sorry, there is no magic potion, and itís not always easy to keep your resolutions. In fact, some people vow never to make New Year resolutions while others happily make ambitious resolutions on the understanding that resolutions were made to be broken.

My resolution for the new year and new decade is to lose some weight (a.k.a. fat) around my waist. My guess is that, post Christmas feasting and over-indulgence, itís one of the most popular resolutions óand also the most frequently abandoned.

The problem is that as we grow older, we need and use less energy. This double whammy causes the fat to pile on without any conscious change in our lifestyles. People who were able to eat mountains of food without any impact on their waistline now have to watch their diet more closely.

Their lowered metabolic rate also means that they have to do a bit more exercise than they were used to just to maintain their weight. For me, as my kids get older, I donít have to run after them as much, and my life has become more sedentary - resulting in the extra inch of fat. 

Fortunately, I have friends who are more health conscious than me, and they get me out on the squash court at least once or twice a week. Also, my children enjoy playing on the Wii Fit machine and challenge me on some of the games.  I use it probably a couple of times a month, but itís a good tool to keep me on the straight and narrow.

The Wii system can do a fitness assessment each time you use it, and it will tell you how you are doing compared to your last visit and the objectives you have set for yourself. My goal was to lose 4 kilograms in 3 months. The last time I was on the Wii, it said that I had gained almost a kilo and that I needed to set more modest goals. That was excellent and timely advice. My goal now is to be down 4 kilos by the end of the year. Wish me luck!

Surround yourself with like-minded people, set multiple modest goals, and monitor and reflect often. I wish you success and good luck in the new year and decade in achieving your goals and resolutions. Let me know how youíve done by the yearís end.


Here are some links for the upcoming Chinese year of the tiger:

2010 Year of the Metal Tiger

Chinese Zodiac Year of the Tiger

Year of the Tiger at Wikipedia


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