With the New Year right around the corner, many people will be setting their New Year Resolutions. Is kicking bad habits to the curb on your list for 2017? If so, here are some helpful tips and strategies to help you stay on track of your goals.
Make the commitment – making a commitment to your goal is number one. Whether your goal is to lose weight, start eating heathy or quit smoking; make sure you are 100% committed.
Create a roadmap – create reasonable monthly goals. Not only will these goals help you stay motivated and on track, but you will feel accomplished after reaching them.
Identify your triggers – we are all humans. We all have urges and weaknesses. Be sure to identify them before the start on your goals. Avoiding temptations will help you stay on track.
Evaluate When You Fall off Track – we all make mistakes. Maybe you just had to have that double bacon cheeseburger or just one cigarette while you were out with some friends. Evaluate when you come off track and be sure to get back on track.
Use these four strategies when achieving your goals this New Year. We wish you the best of luck for a prosperous new year.
On New Year’s Eve, many of us indulge in finger foods and cold champagne. Just like we celebrate the coming of something wonderful, so do others around the world.
In honor of the Chinese New Year (February 8th) and Mardi Gras (February 9th), here are some fun and interesting facts on how these events are celebrated.
Chinese New Year:
• Just like we do on holidays, People of Chinese heritage go shopping for the New Year. This is a way for them to “start fresh”.
• Houses are decorated with red lanterns, red couplets, New Year paintings, and red lanterns.
• Being this is the year of the Monkey, monkey images will appear on decorations as well.
• New Year couplets are written on red paper with black ink, and pasted one each side of a door frame. New Year couplets are sayings filled with best wishes.
• Families come together to enjoy a “reunion dinner”. Here they enjoy traditional Chinese foods such as dumplings and sticky rice cakes.
• In like of watching the ball drop from Times Square, China watches the CCTV’s New Year Gala. This Gala features traditional, folk, and pop performances from China’s best singers, dancers, and acrobats.
• Parents and grandparents provide children with what they call “Red Envelopes”. These envelopes are filled with money and are said to help bring luck, health, and growth for the New Year.
• Mardi Gras is about music, parades, picnics, floats and excitement.
• People dress up in costumes and decorate themselves with long beads caught from the floats of previous Mardi Gras parades.
• Mardi Gras traditional colors are purple, green and gold. Purple represents justice, green represents faith and gold represents power.
• Many individuals customize and create their very own Mardi Gras masks. Wearing masks adds to the excitement and magic of celebrations throughout the city.
• Aside from celebrating at the parade, formal dress balls are planned all year long by the King and Queen of each krewe (an organization that puts on a parade or ball for the Carnival season).
• Out of respect for this long-held tradition, several Mardi Gras krewes still kick off their parades with “flambeaux”. Flambeaux is the burning of a torch accompanied with dancing and stunts.
As our global world becomes more interconnected, thanks to the Internet, it is important to learn and understand other celebrations, traditions, and events that take place around the world.
To learn more about these traditional celebrations visit:
http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/festivals/chinese-new-year-celebration.htm and http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/
Written by: Amanda Haase
The New Year has arrived and people all around the world will be making New Year’s Resolutions. Making a New Year’s Resolutions is the first step to achieving a new you, however, maintaining and following through with your goals can get tough.
Life gets busy and the objectives that you are hoping to reach can fall off of your priority list. If one of your resolutions this New Year is to maintain or get to a healthy weight, here are some easy, everyday tips that can help you stay on track during the chaos.
1. Exercise regularly. Even if it is just for 10 minutes a day, keeping your body moving will help maintain your goal.
2. Reduce your screen time. Put down the phone and remote control and get outside for a walk. Limiting your use of technology gives your mind a moment to rest and helps the body relax.
3. Watch your portions. There is no reason that you can’t enjoy the things you love while trying to eat better. It is all about portions. Instead of eating ten of your favorite cookies, try only having two. This goes for meal potions as well.
4. Eat five servings of fruits and veggies a day. Fruits and veggies are packed with fiber, which means they fill you up. When you fill up on fruits and veggies, you’re less likely to overeat.
5. Avoid skipping breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This meal gives you the energy to kick start your day and also helps aid weight loss.
6. Join a gym. This option can open up many doors to your weight loss journey.
Do you own a gym or a fitness center? Join our family of satisfied fitness clients, and let us quote your gym today! Call our office at (516) 249-5200 or visit our website at www.chedwards.net. Don’t forget to mention us at your gym so we can help them as well.
Good luck with your New Year’s Resolution!
Written by: Amanda Haase
It`s a new year and time for a new Girl of the Year! Every year American Girl Doll releases a new doll and this year it`s time for Grace Thomas to shine! Grace Thomas is an enthusiastic girl who enjoys baking with her best friends and also loves to create her own recipes. Aside from baking she loves spending time with her French Bulldog, named Bonbon. Grace`s inspiring trip to Paris, encouraged her to take new risks and test her limits. This all began when she stepped into her aunt and uncle’s pâtisserie. This resulted in her opening her own business. She started off with a pastry cart that was personally built for her by her family. Everyday is an adventure for Grace Thomas, as she figures out new ways to run a successful business.
With the release of Grace Thomas, American Girl is teaming up with the organization No Kid Hungry. No Kid Hungry is an organization that strives to eliminate childhood hunger in America. The way that American Girl is contributing is by hosting a bake sale fundraiser which is called For Goodness Bake. The idea behind this campaign is to raise money for the charity through local bake sales. All the proceeds that each child raises will benefit the organization and contribute to eliminating childhood hunger. There are also many prize, including your own Grace Thomas doll. With this campaign you can both make and bake a difference just like Grace Thomas does.
Written by: Denise Visco
The classics are evolving and the Girl Scouts are making room for new cookies! It’s almost cookie season and this year is extra special. Girl Scouts is releasing two new cookies. These new cookies are called Rah-Rah raisin and Toffee-tastic.
The Girl Scout cookie tradition began in 1917 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. This beloved tradition began when a troop had a bake sale that sold sugar cookies for a service project in their high school. As this tradition evolved, new cookies were added. Currently the cookie flavors include, Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-dos, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Savannah Smiles, Thanks-A-Lots, Lemonades, Trios and now introducing the Rah-Rah raisin and Toffee-tastic. Out of all these delicious cookies, according to the Huffington Post, the Thin Mint is the most popular cookie. February will be here soon and it’ll be time to stock up on a years worth of these scrumptious treats!
Written by: Sandra Costanzo
As 2014 comes to a wrap, it`s time to reminisce on the top films of the year. This film year was filled with adventure, comedy and love but one recurring them was nostalgia. It was a blast from the past this year when our old childhood toys were back up on the big screen. Aside from the classics, sci-fi and teenage romance were really popular this year, including heartbreaking love stories for the Millennial generation. The top ten films of 2014 includes, Boyhood, Birdman, Guardians of the Galaxy, The LEGO Movie, Veronica Mars, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fault in Our Stars, St. Vincent, Nightcrawler and Veronica Mars. It was an exciting year in the film industry and who knows what 2015 will hold.
Written by: Sandra Costanzo
With the New Year approaching, you might be planning on celebrating with friends and family. Whether you are celebrating at a house party with friends and family, or out at a city-sponsored event, taking some precautions will ensure that everyone enjoys their celebrations safely.
Traveling: If you are traveling, don’t drink and drive. If you have a friend who does not drink, ask them to be the designated driver. When you are driving be alert and aware of your surroundings.
Celebrating with Alcohol: If you are going to be celebrating with alcohol it is important to have a full stomach before drinking. Alternate drinks to stay hydrated, such as drinking juice, water or soda in between consuming alcoholic beverages.
Being in a crowd of people: If you are going to be in a crowd of people it is important to distant yourself from people who are being out of control or are intoxicated.
If you are hosting a party: If you are hosting a party call a cab company and book rides for your guests in advance. Knowing that all your guests got home safely leaves less stress and responsibility on you.
If you have pets: If you have pets it is important to show them extra attention. Loud noises can scare pets and make them panic and run. Keep pets in a comfortable room with soft music playing too drowned out any unusual noises.
Start 2015 of right and be safe while celebrating. C.H. Edwards, Inc. is here to answer any questions about any possible claims. Just give us a call at (516) 249-5200.
Happy New Years from the management and staff here at C.H. Edwards!
Written by: Amanda Haase