Washington column for Jan. 6

Your New Year’s resolutions?

I trust that your holiday season was joyous, memorable and spirit-filled.

Guess what? We are starting a new year and you know what that means? Time for those New Year’s resolutions!

Doesn’t it seem like everywhere you go this time of year, people are talking about what they’re going to do and what they’re not going to do for this year?

You’re probably asking yourself right now, “How do I get my New Year’s resolution to work for me?”

The most important thing is you must believe that you can do it. Everyone can succeed. We all accomplish the goals we set before ourselves if we really set our minds to it and put forth the necessary effort.

Whatever resolution you choose as your own, remember, you can succeed. Go into it with a positive, enthusiastic attitude, and don’t defeat yourself and your resolution before it gets started.

For some of us we might want to resolve to eat healthier. It may be easier than you think. Fruit contains the sweet, natural sugar that your body craves and it’s healthier for you. Give fruit a shot when you crave something sweet. Try a healthy portion of vegetables for complex carbohydrates that are needed to fuel your body instead of overindulging yourself with breads and pastas.

And don’t completely eliminate fat from your diet. Your body needs it too. Simply make sure that you’re incorporating good dietary fats in your diet and stay away from foods that are high in saturated fats.

We all know that exercising consistently can be hard when you work full time and still have responsibilities at home. But make a conscious effort to make the time. Just 30 minutes every other day can be effective. Once it’s part of your routine don’t give up. Make it more challenging when you’re able, but the bottom line is keep it up!

So you see, those little New Year’s resolutions really aren’t as scary as we always make them out to be.

In fact, they can be of the most important and impacting changes in our lives. And you can be successful! We all have the determination to do things in our lives. So why not find the determination to set and follow through with this year’s New Year’s resolution?

I asked some ladies from the community what their New Year’s resolution would be, and their answers are here along with their pictures.

Rappahannock News Staff Photos/Jan Clatterbuck

Variety show

Mark your calendar for the 15th annual variety show at Washington Baptist Church on Feb. 5. It will be held at The Theatre at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Prayer list

Gary Schwartz is on the mend after a disc operation on Jan. 4. Also remember his wife, Michelle, who is recovering from a broken arm caused by a fall. The couple operate the Heritage House on Main Street in Washington.

Sympathy

Sympathy goes out to Helen Gray upon the death of her son, Jerry Gray. He died in an automobile accident on Dec. 29.

January birthdays

Birthday wishes for the month of January go out to Beverly Exline (Jan. 12), Karyl Bailey (Jan. 15), Danny Huff (Jan. 18) and to a special person, my mother-in-law, Anna Clatterbuck, who will celebrate her day on Jan. 19.