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Calling Out for Your New Year's Resolution

It's Friday. We [US] are approximately three days away from the New Year and I am frantically working to finish this last quarter (this last year) on a positive note at HealthLine. These next few days will not only be a time for finishing up those last minute TPS reports but they will also be a time (for many of us) of self reflection and building our clichéd New Year's Resolution list. I have already hit the ground running with my list and have no problem admitting that it's shaping up to be the best New Year's Resolution List of 2007. I mean, any resolution list that starts with drinking more wine and ends with getting a motorcycle license is going to be tough to beat.

Having said all that, I would like to invite all of our HealthLine bloggers as well as the general public to post their New Year's Resolutions as comments to this post. I'll call it an unofficial contest to see who has the best list… that way it will be a little more interesting. The winner will receive a Nerf football autographed by me (Kris Keimig) or a $25 gift card for iTunes (I haven’t really worked the prize out yet). If you want to participate for the prize, you’ll have to register for HealthLine as we will need a way to contact the winner… but anyone can post! Either way, it should be fun seeing how everyone plans to improve upon themselves in the New Year. Good Luck!

My New Year's Resolution

  1. Drink more red wine… in moderation, of course. I would like to start introducing the occasional glass of wine into a few of my weekly dinners. After all, I heard it was good for you.
  2. Quit smoking altogether. About two years ago I smoked over a pack of cigarettes a day and, per my soon-to-be-wife’s request, I quit. But the ugly habit has still hung on and I, occasionally, smoke socially. This year, taking the advice of our smoking cessation doctor, I will cut that habit out completely.
  3. Get in touch with nature. I have been telling myself for years that I will get back to roots of hiking and hitting the outdoors but I put it off because I felt that I would have to have a complete life change to do so… not this year! With the help of our Outdoor Medicine blog and some good old fashion desire for the outdoors, I am going to hit the slopes during ski season and get some trekking boots for spring hiking.
  4. Kick saturated and trans fats out! I have been reading a lot about the negative impact such fats have on your body and after reading Cynthia Sass’s Realistic Resolutions (goal #5 is all about saturated and trans fat), I knew it was time to put that on my list.
  5. Get my motorcycle license. I have wanted to get my motorcycle license since before I even had my automobile license. When I was younger it was an impossibility (plus I lived in Boston) but now I don’t own a car and I live in San Francisco (weather is very conducive to owning a motorcycle). This year I am taking the test and getting a hog.

Hope you enjoyed my list and I am looking forward to seeing everyone else New Year’s Resolutions!

Happy New Year!
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