Let’s be honest: January one is not a good time to start something new and life-changing. We’re all exhausted from the holiday bustle, and have been thrown kicking and screaming back into our mundane working lives (whether you spend your days in a corner office, a cubicle or at the business end of a Swiffer, you know what I mean).
Instead of January being a rude awakening, wouldn’t it be nice to use that month as a cushiony bridge between your old habits and a fresh, new start? That’s what I did.
Let’s take dieting, for example. Why on earth would anyone decide to diet in January, when Valentine’s Day (read: chocolate orgy) is right around the corner? Just setting yourself up for failure, I say. I waited until Feb. 15, and, so far, so good.
What about cutting back on spending? You have no money, remember? You spent it all on Christmas gifts. Therefore, you cannot cut back on that which you do not have. Waiting until February to pinch pennies is fiscally responsible and certainly more do-able.
Exercise: No need to hit the ground running; you might pull something, resulting in unwanted downtime, which leads to more weight gain. Instead, ease into it, spending the month of January thinking about and planning your workouts, which will commence (or resume) in February.
Thinking about decreasing the amount of time you spend watching television? Think again. You need tips on dieting, saving money and exercising, and TV is one-stop shopping. After a solid month of BTR (Boob Tube Research), who wouldn’t be an expert on all of the above?
How about a fashion overhaul? Nah. You’re still in hibernation mode (and eating and watching television) in January, and all the good Mardi Gras parties aren’t until February, so surprise everyone and reveal the New You then. Bonus: Getting all those fabulous winter clothes on sale!
While February is almost over, you still have time to make and implement your Febrolutions. All those OSRs (Old-School Resolutioners) will be so jealous. By the time their resolutions are ancient history, your metamorphosis will just be starting!
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Save the Date
The romance didn’t end with Valentine’s Day, you know. You can experience “love” from a frog’s point of view at the Frog Pond Adventure, 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the JSU Frog Pond (off Highway 9 in White Plains).
Join George “Dr. Frog” Cline for an evening of romance and songs from the first amphibian voices of the season. Learn frog songs and get a hands-on experience with these slippery creatures. This event is subject to water level and drought conditions. Admission is $5 per adult and $2 per child. For more information, call Renee Morrison at 256-782-5697.