Here's wishing you all health, love, peace, and all manner of good things as we head into another year.
If your New Years resolution is to lose weight and eat better, do it. Join a group, find a buddy, plan a program and stick with it. Do it for your health and for all those who love you. Do it one meal at a time and be patient. Sometimes you will lose a lot, sometimes you will go backwards and gain a little. Don't give up. Keep at it. Allow yourself to fall off the wagon occasionally, but always get right back on.
Spend some time each day with yourself—doing yoga, meditating, praying, simply enjoying nature. Give yourself a break from the stress that takes over our lives too quickly and too thoroughly. You deserve it. You need it. There is nothing inherently cool about stress. It does not make you important—it only makes you sick.
If you can, exercise at least 30 minutes five days a week. If you can do more, do more. Every few weeks, add 5-10 minutes on to your daily routine. You don't need to be fancy—walking is excellent exercise. Ever better when you do it with a friend or loved one.
Remember your old friends and keep making new ones.
Love your family.
Take the best care you can of your body, mind, and spirit.
And have a blessed 2008.
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