Friday, December 30, 2011

HUG's New Years Resolutions

It's almost the New Year and we're starting a new column at HUG!

Each month we'll be asking a question that gets up close and personal with Lisa and I and our lovely contributors. So to kick start 2012, we're asking the team what their New Year's Resolution is...

Lisa N, Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief

Every year I make the same New Year's Resolution - to lose those last five pounds. Now it's turned into - to lose those last eight pounds. Clearly last year's resolution didn't go anywhere...well except up. So I'm going to stop making the same resolution that sets me up for failure every year. Instead, I'm going to commit to living a more active lifestyle. Which means going for a walk everyday, taking regular yoga classes, riding my bike and not putting work first. It's important to make sure that I go to the gym or do whatever sort of activity that gets me moving. There are times when work and life are so busy that you just get sucked right in and a trip to the gym pales in comparison to a night on the couch, eating Cheetos and watching Ringer. Well I've decided that though I love my job, it's not worth gaining weight for. Living actively has to come first, work has to come second. Easy to say, but hard to always remember. What are your tricks to living actively?

Wendy, Co-Founder, Behind-The-Scenes Web Girl and Advertising

I'm proud to say I've actually kept my 2011 New Year's Resolution of going to the gym twice a week and eating more healthy but one thing I've got to really work on is my attention span... which probably stays focused for 30 secs before I'm off daydreaming about my next vacation, opening another window on my computer, checking stats on Google Analytics but ending up online shopping or attending to the beeps and pings of my iPhone, Blackberry and MSN Chat. Hmmmm now where was I? Right, so this year I'm making a commitment to finish what I start, stay focused on priority tasks and actually work on more media and less social!

Tamika, Fashion & Style Contributor

Since I started working from home, I've become way too sedentary and it doesn't help that I've never been a huge fan of hitting the gym. This year I plan to develop a healthy addiction to exercise by finding workouts that are fun and focusing on how great I feel after all that sweat.

Daniela, Contributor of All Things Cool

I want to read more books in 2012. I spend all day looking and screens and typing on keyboards, so more quality time with printed words is a must. To facilitate my goal I recently established a monthly book club with a few girlfriends, so I’ll be counting on them to help me stick to my plan and fuel my reading list. I’ll be keeping track of all of my reading on and I encourage you to create your own bookshelf there too.

Lisa W, Mommy Contributor

My new years resolution is to start an exercise routine that I will actually stick to. I was always active growing up when I was dancing competitively or walking a lot during university. But now that I have had my first child and don't have as much time to get out and walk or take classes, it has become more difficult to stay active. Hopefully I can find something that is a bit easier like using yoga videos or finding time to use the gym in my office. Fingers crossed!

What are your New Year's Resolutions and any tips to help us keep ours?


  1. One of the best ways to keep resolutions is to schedule it and measure it. For example: If you want to exercise more (with the goal of losing weight), set the gym days on your calendar and have a weight goal timeline so you can track your progress every week. Seeing the #'s change really helps keep the motivation.

  2. Agree with the post above. Need to put shorter dates. Sometimes I think "oh i want to achieve this in 2012!!" and I think I have a whole year to complete it. But then the whole year goes by and I don't as I forgot about it.

  3. That's exactly my plan! Scheduling my goals as "micro goals" for each month of 2012.

  4. I have also struggled with keeping up a regular exercise routine until I discovered Zumba! If you love to dance, I highly recommend these classes. They are a lot of fun & I credit Zumba for helping me keep up my physical activity.

  5. I have a friend that swears by Zumba. I'm definitely going to at least try one class as part of doing a new 'activity-a-week'. Thanks for the suggestion!