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New Year's Resolutions: Planning to clean up your act? Part 1

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In just a few hours Fort Worth shall join with the rest of the world to ring in the new year with parties, excitement, drinks, food...lots of food, and lots of drinks. There shall also be good intentions...lots of really, really good intentions to make 2013 the year those revolving resolutions finally stick.

  • No plans yet for the New Year's celebrations? Click here for some ideas in and around Sundance Square.

And when it comes to resolutions, the #1 winner each and every year is losing weight by going on a diet or getting healthy. Every year starts with sincere efforts and the whole idea kind of fizzles out by about March. It isn't because people are not trying, its could be because they don't plan it out very well, then they fall off the wagon, and then they finally give up.

This year, try taking a proactive approach. Whether you've decided to lose weight, eat a more healthy diet, control you finances, or finally organize your closet, planning ahead and laying out a workable set of mini-goals along with the tools to get yourself there could prove to be a winning approach.

No matter what your ultimate goal, having a high level of energy makes for a good foundation. Its tough to hit the gym or clean out the junk drawer if you are dragging your butt around. A healthy digestive system and diet high in nutrient-rich foods can maximize your potential for success.

  1. A good internal cleanup can start with a short detox. Tom Thumb, Whole Foods, Kroger, Sprouts, and Central Market are great places to shop for fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Also, don't forget Cowtown Farmer's Market - you can go shopping and take a walk at the same time!
  2. Hit the fridge and clear out all the leftovers. If they're not there, you won't be snacking on them. Toss or give away whatever holiday treats are still hanging around. Stock up on dried fruits, nuts, and whole grain snacks - you can make your own trail mix for snacking.
  3. Make plans to do a short detox. One that has been getting a lot of media buzz is Dr. Oz's 3-Day Detox Cleanse. It claims that you can "eliminate harmful toxins, restore your system, and reset your body. All you need is 3 days, a blender and $16 a day" Click here for more details. The goal here is to tidy up your insides.

While you're cleaning up on the inside, take a few minutes to write down your dreams, ideas, goals, whatever it is you'd like to achieve - things to clean up your outside (your life). By having it written down where you can see it, breaking it down into manageable mini-goals becomes a lot less overwhelming.

What do you resolve to do in 2013?

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