Creative ways to break your New Year resolutions
We all are guilty of making New Year resolutions in our lives. As you would have already realised by now, it is extremely hard to follow through on our New Year resolutions. You will probably agree that every one of us secretly crave to find ways to break our New Year resolutions without feeling guilty!
So, without much ado, here is a list of 11 creative ways to break your New Year resolutions and feel good about it.
1. I will stop eating cakes
Who doesn’t love cakes? If you don’t love cakes, you haven’t probably eaten one in your life! So how do you know you love cakes. Remember the last birthday party or office party you attended that involved cake cutting? If you were secretly angling for the biggest piece, you are a certified cake lover, a greedy one at that!
Your Doctor has given you a red corner notice about cutting down on fat and you hate the spare tires around your waist. These are probably some of the reasons people end up taking a New Year resolution to stay away from cakes.
If you are a victim of the “stay away from cakes” resolution, we have the perfect solution for you.
According to Stella Metsovas, a clinical nutritionist, “Physicians recommend drinking warm water in the morning, usually, with a polyphenol-rich lemon immersion, or with a tea shown to decrease free radical activity in the body. Drinking a glass of warm water and a lemon will help break down the adipose tissue, or body fat, in your body, and also, control food craving due to lemon’s pectin fiber.”
Now double down on cakes without feeling any guilt. Who said New Year resolutions should make you feel guilty?
2. Staying away from ice creams
Who doesn’t love cold ice creams on a hot, sunny day?
Especially in India, where the temperature swings from oppressively hot to blazing hot, you probably crave for an ice cream 12 months of the year.
A typical ice cream cone will add about 350 calories depending on how many toppings you add.
Here are some creative ways to burn off these calories without feeling guilty.
Take public transportation to work. The short sprints needed to catch your bus, the energy needed to push and shove into a crowded bus or train should burn off most of your ice cream – fat.
Once you reach the office, take the stairs or play tag with your colleague or boss. If you run a few time up and down the various floors of your office, you should have burnt most of the calories. Creatively finding ways to burn off calories is a great way to kiss goodbye to your New Year resolutions.
3. No more pizza or burger for dinner
If you think there is not much of a difference between fast food and cocaine, welcome to the club of junk food addicts. Some of us convince ourselves by adding extra veggie toppings on the pizza. Never mind the extra cheese or meat! After getting into the routine of falling into a food coma, you may think that the person that invented home delivery should be arrested.
Fear not, you can continue to eat junk food and still live to tell the tale.
Livestrong has a “Whole Pizza Work Out” challenge to burn of 1000s of calories. But if you have the capacity and time to do that, you wouldn’t be reading this post!
So here is a creative way to burn off the junk food and feel good about it. Turn off the taps at your home. Then line up a bunch of buckets and start filling water for your everyday use. The trick here is to find a tap that’s not in your home. This technique works even better if you have to climb two or three stories to get to your place! New Year resolutions should always be practical. We bet your city (in India) will eventually face water scarcity and you will be looking forward to it!
4. The end of chocolates
What started out as the “Food of the Gods” has now morphed into something that can create problems for our waist and teeth! The milk, cream and mostly sugar that saturates chocolates today are the culprits. If you need the original recipe for how chocolate for prepared, look no further. According to a writing published in 1556, here is how the Mayans and the Aztecs prepared the chocolate.
These seeds which are called… cacao are ground and made into powder, and other small seeds are ground, and this powder is put into certain basins… and then they put water on it and mix it with a spoon. And after having mixed it very well, they change it from one basin to another, so that a foam is raised which they put in a vessel made for the purpose. And when they wish to drink it, they mix it with certain small spoons of gold or silver or wood, and drink it, and drinking it one must open one’s mouth because being foam one must give it room to subside and go down bit by bit.
This drink is the healthiest thing, and the greatest sustenance of anything you could drink in the world, because he who drinks a cup of this liquid, no matter how far he walks, can go a whole day without eating anything else.
If you can follow this recipe, we guarantee, you will stop your habit immediately or continue to eat chocolate without feeling guilty anymore. Swallowing bitter medicine. that’s one way of staying a step ahead of your New Year resolutions.
5. Putting an end to shopping sprees
Shopping is therapy for most women and sometimes for men too. It puts you on a high and gives momentary pleasure and satisfaction. There are clever ways to put an end to shopping once and for all. Here is one such example.
We are tempted to succumb to the rather convincing set of arguments presented in this image. But to hell with that. How can you go on a shopping spree and still feel good about it?
Our best is to go to any of the Saravana Stores in Chennai. This is a store that will put any Chinese supermarket to shame with its rock bottom prices and you won’t burn a hole in the pocket. The stores also have multiple floors to help you burn off all the calories. And on top of that, you will be constantly battling fellow shoppers.
In summary, these stores are a unique combination of your local train during rush hour combined with shopping! You can shop and you will drop very quickly. Who said New Year resolutions should include a self-imposed ban on shopping?
6. Ending your addiction to your cell phone
Cell phones have now become our go-to gadget for staying away from people and avoiding eye contact with family members, friends as well as strangers. Here is how most of us feel about our cellphones?
So what’s the best way to get over the addiction without guilt? Switch to this phone!
Now you can use your phone without ever spending more on data!
7. Stop the Facebook addiction
Most probably you found this article on Facebook and we don’t have any complaints against Facebook! But Facebook addiction is a real issue and we don’t fault you for becoming an addict.
In fact, there is an illustrated book on how to get over your Facebook addiction. If you follow our page on Facebook, we will also make sure you get periodic tips on how to get over your Facebook addiction! Find us a better way of breaking New Year resolutions and we will stop posting on Facebook for an entire day!
8. Stop the selfie addiction
Are you addicted to selfies? There are different stages of selfie addiction. At first, you make do with the crappy phone you have, you then buy phones with a gazillion megapixels of camera resolution and then finally, when your addiction gets really bad, you get the selfie stick. Now just imagine what would have happened if Einstein had a selfie addiction?
Here is a neat little trick to get out of the selfie addiction without actually giving up on it. Remember the phone we recommended for your cell phone addiction? Yes, it’s a multi-purpose tool and can solve your selfie addiction! Never knew it would take a scientist to help manage your New Year resolutions!
9. Lose weight and get fit!
Who does not want to work out on a daily basis, and stay in shape? If course this is not as easy as it seems and you need a foolproof way to back away from the resolution without feeling guilty.
The answer lies in adopting a black cat. Just remember that if a black cat crosses your path, it’s a sign of bad omen. Every morning, get ready to go to the gym and your pet cat is bound to cross paths. That’s a great excuse to abandon plans for the gym. Bye bye, New Year resolutions!
10. Quit smoking
Who does not love to puff on a cigarette, at the end of a long day or (in between) to relieve stress? The best way to break this resolution is to dunk your head in a bucket of cold water and do inhaling/exhaling exercises with your nose, while underwater. This can permanently cure you of all your illness if you do this long enough.
A creative marketing agency came up with a unique painting that shows a bunch of mourners and a pastor looking down upon you. Should be a great reminder of what can happen if you don’t quit smoking.
What’s your excuse for getting out this guilt trap?
Just remind yourself that you are a Hindu or get converted right away. That’s an easy way to break your New Year resolution!
11. Quit Drinking
Drinking is a habit that affects millions of people worldwide. Promising not to drink is also one of the most popular New Year resolutions that fail to follow through.
Recently, Chennai was inundated in a flood of epic proportions. But the State Government of Tamil Nadu kept all its liquor shops open immediately after the flood waters receded and they started doing roaring business! So as you can see even State Governments cannot kick its liquor habit!
The best way to give up drinking and still keep drinking is to try alternative brews. Try buttermilk that’s not stored in a refrigerator and made from fermented yoghurt. It will taste like some fancy brew (Feni) and you can still pretend to drink locally made toddy.
Let’s raise our glasses to a Happy New Year!
Why don’t you take a New Year resolution that you can actually keep?
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