Washington column for Dec. 29

The New Year: start it off right!

THE HEIGHTS: A crew from Andy Christian Roofing in Boyce, Va. installs a metal roof high above Main Street on a Washington home owned by Wendy Weinberg last week. They are (from left) Joshua Butler, Mark Pennington, David Ohler and James Bennett.Jan Clatterbuck | Rappahannock News
THE HEIGHTS: A crew from Andy Christian Roofing in Boyce, Va. installs a metal roof high above Main Street on a Washington home owned by Wendy Weinberg last week. They are (from left) Joshua Butler, Mark Pennington, David Ohler and James Bennett.

Well, it’s the end of the year again. I can’t believe how fast it’s flown by. Time for those New Year’s resolutions!

Jan. 1 starts a year of new beginnings, new hopes and new adventures for us. With each new day of the coming month, we have tasks on a list we’re keeping for the coming year. 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 the next year?

If you’re asking yourself how do you get your resolutions to work this year, the most important thing is you must believe that you can do it!

Everyone can succeed, and that includes you!

What will your New Year’s resolutions be? Eating healthier? Exercising more? Educate yourself on how to create a healthier lifestyle? Whatever you choose as your own, remember: Go into it with a positive, enthusiastic attitude, and don’t defeat yourself and your resolution before it gets started.

If you do resolve to eat healthier, it may be easier than you think. Healthy fruits are sweet in taste and they contain the sweet, natural sugar that your body craves. Give them 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 too many breads and pastas.

And don’t completely eliminate fats from your diet. Your body needs those 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 find the time; just 30 minutes every day can be effective enough to put you and your resolution on the right track. Once you’re on track, stay there. Don’t give up.

I am a living example! I have stayed on track for the past three years, eating healthy and exercising each day.

Those little New Year’s resolutions really aren’t as scary as we always make them out to be.

In fact, they can be some of the most important changes we make in our lives – so why not find the determination to set and follow through with this year’s New Year’s resolutions? You can do it!

Keep in mind as we head into 2012 that we might not be able to solve all the problems in the world – but we sure can make a difference in each life that we touch.

All the best for everyone in the New Year!

Early Christmas present

An early Christmas present came for Dexter Freeman Jr., 20 months old. Dexter was the lucky winner of the Dec. 21 drawing at the post office for a huge Teddy bear.

Congratulations

Birthday wishes go out to Joshua Alther of Washington. His special day is Friday (Dec. 30). And further congratulations on an even more special day for Joshua and Amanda – they were married on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Gid Brown Baptist Church.

Many thanks

This writer would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this column over the past year. Continue to call or email me with your news at 540-675-3338 or jan@rappnews.com.

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