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    I read this about new year's resolutions.....

    Top 40 most popular New Year's resolutions for 2013 revealed

    Reading more books has topped a list of most popular New Year's resolutions, according to a survey.

    The poll conducted by LA Fitness asked 2,000 people what their aims for 2013 are.

    Saving money and losing weight are the second and third most common resolutions respectively, ahead of redecorating and taking better pictures.

    Spending less time on Facebook is 16th, while lower down are eating less chocolate (20th), drinking less alcohol (22th) and quitting smoking (26th).

    LA Fitness marketing director Tony Orme said: "The traditional resolutions we're used to hearing or even making ourselves are less prominent this year.

    "It's clear that the majority of people are really feeling the pressures of a hectic lifestyle, so are now trying to focus on making more time for themselves, their friends and family.

    "But it's important to remember that taking time to exercise and eating a balanced, healthy diet not only give you more energy, but they also help to manage stress levels."

    Read the list of New Year's resolutions below:

    1. Read more books
    2. Save more money
    3. Lose weight
    4. Redecorate
    5. Take better photos
    6. Go travelling
    7. Sell old unwanted stuff on eBay
    8. Buy a tablet
    9. Organise photos
    10. Do something for charity
    11. Spend more time with kids
    12. Buy a Sunday paper
    13. Less TV time
    14. Connect my computer to my TV
    15. Leave work on time more often
    16. Less time on Facebook
    17. Totally revamp my wardrobe
    18. Try a new hairstyle
    19. Get a six-pack
    20. Eat less chocolate
    21. Socialise more in real life rather than Facebook
    22. Drink less alcohol
    23. Buy less coffee from Starbucks/big chains
    24. Start my own business
    25. Tell someone I have feelings for them
    26. Quit smoking
    27. Gain a promotion
    28. Learn how to use Twitter
    29. Run a half or full marathon
    30. Call people more than text
    31. Cut someone out of my life who isn't good for me
    32. Meet online contacts in real life
    33. Watch less reality TV
    34. Text people less
    35. Try to save relationship
    36. Try extreme sports
    37. Get better at social networking
    38. Stop contacting/going back to an ex-partner
    39. Have a face-to-face with my boss to find out where I stand
    40. Do a bungee jump

    ....and although I've never made one myself, most of the people I know do, with around 4 days being the longest that someone has stuck to their desired goal attempt. Some goals are doomed to fail, like 'go on a diet to lose weight,' because our bodies naturally crave hearty, stodgy, and fattening foods during winter, so why fight nature?

    I knew one guy who made just one resolution 3 years ago: sacrifice all luxury pleasures and use the cash saved to go on a round-the-world once-in-a-lifetime extended holiday. Him and his gf are currently in Australia where they've been for 5 months, with South Africa being their next destination. That's what you call committment to achieving a goal, or resolution.

    Do you make annual resolutions, and if so, how long has it been a part of your lifestyle? What determines whether you keep them or not? Do you encourage your family/friends to keep them? The reason I don't make new year's resolutions is because if I'm going to do something, or get something done, I'm going to set a rough date in my head and get to work on it straight away, so the time of year is really irrelevent. If my heart is in it, then I achieve my objective. If it's not, I don't.

    Because winter is long, dark and miserable, I've always believed in enjoying yourself at this bleak time of year. Just a little indulgence, not a binge. By all means quit smoking, but why not give up when the days are longer when you're likely to be distracted outdoors in warm weather. Lose weight, but why not do it when you'll naturally want to eat less and exercise more, again, outdoors in warm weather.

    What about 'doing more of' resolutions? Reading more, spending time with family, etc. Is it common to start doing more, and then less as the interest wears off, or becomes harder to keep up? If you make a resolution and then break it, do you have another crack at it at a later date? Share your resolution stories here.
    Resolutions are a wonderful thing. However most people seem to misunderstand the definition of the word.

    To be resolute does not mean to 'vow' or 'pledge' to do something, it speaks of the inner fortitude of the individual and how much they want to change. Any time you stop and take a look at your life and what you could do better it is a good thing- not just at the first of the year.

    As for my resolutions, I don't treat New Years Day any different than I do the days before or after, but I do try to keep a set of goals (with lenient due-dates) to better myself. Some of my personal goals are too personal to share, but here are a few little silly goals I have:
    • To post a poem on The Pig Pen that I can be proud of
    • to make more of my money from mental energy and less from physical labor
    • to try to remember that I am not always right and that in fact I may be wrong more than most even and
    • to enjoy time I can spend with my mom cause IWub You her.

    Wildcard is awesome.
    my new years resolution is the same as mark's:

    to try to remember that mark is not always right and that in fact he may be wrong more than most.

    "Yeah. I understand the mechanics of it, shithead. I just don't understand how this is any less retarded than what I'm suggesting." - Kiley; Housebound.
    Bunny liked this post
    to not sweat the small stuff!!!! Yay Undecided

    Bunnies are better
    i dont make any Sleepy

    I don't sugarcoat anything.....do i look like willy fucking wonka to you
    me neither
    I don't make any formal ones but try to stick with my life goals.

    Currently "making progress" to say the least.
    I resolved not to trust any of the fools who make New Year's resolutions.

    Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
    - Robert A. Heinlein

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