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Lose weight and get fit is always number one every year on any list of the most common New Year's resolutions. The problem is it is also always number one on any list of commonly broken New Year's resolutions. If you have ever been one to go to the gym regularly, I'm sure you always hated January and February because all the newly minted "resolute" people were there.

You could never get an elliptical trainer, treadmill or the weight machine you wanted when you wanted it. You spent more time waiting to work out then working out. Somewhere around the first of March will power or interest flagged, resolute morphed inevitably into irresolute and things returned to normal.

Someone once said that New Year's resolutions are by concept a big fail. A resolution is an intended "solution" to a perceived problem and the prefix "re" is indicative that an intended solution has been repeated or retried again and again. Most usually resolutions end up as empty promises we make to ourselves.

Still hope springs eternal each January 1. With the trials and troubles of the past year safely in the rear view mirror, brimming with optimism at the chance for a brand new start at the beginning of a brand new year, people succumb to temptation and make another New Year's resolution.

If you are prone to making resolutions on January 1, but have the abysmal track record of keeping them that most do, perhaps you might consider a strategy change. Instead of the same old "go to" resolution - lose weight and get fit, or resolving to do any one of a number of specific thing that you must doggedly keep up with all year long, why not instead start with simply choosing a "theme" for your resolution?

Choosing a theme involves naming the direction you want to go during the new year rather than immediately setting a pass or fail goal for something you think you should do or accomplish. Try to choose one descriptive word for your theme then write it down and post it somewhere you will see it every day to help you really connect with it on a personal level.

If you are a nudist or naturist "nude" would make an excellent theme. With your theme in hand start brainstorming and without putting any pressure on yourself to come up with a specific plan on January 1 that immediately must be put into action, let your imagination run free.

Give yourself time to identify one or more things related to your passion for clothes free living that you want to experience or accomplish during the upcoming year. Throughout the year, your theme will guide you in aligning your actions, behavior and setting your goal(s).

Perhaps there is that club, resort or clothing optional beach you have always wanted to visit but have never gotten around to it. Maybe you would like to take your first nude cruise. A visit to one of the national parks or forest areas to take a nude hike, do some nude camping or to experience a restorative outdoor dip in a natural hot spring might be on your dream list. Come up with your own unique objective and then start developing and working a plan to achieve it. With a goal in mind, it's time to get practical. Here are some questions that need answers.

If it is a location distant from home, how will you get there?

Depending on how great the distance, you may be able to make a road trip out of it and simply drive. Or maybe flying would be more feasible.

When do you want to go?

Deciding on and setting a date helps to move an objective from the realm of day dreaming into reality. It is also a practical step in that you may need to schedule time off from work in advance and it gives you a definite period of time to save up for a trip if you need to.

How much will it cost?

The cost of visiting a resort or club that is relatively nearby might be nominal but if you are thinking of traveling across country to visit an upscale resort, visiting Club Orient in St. Maarten or taking a nude cruise then you are talking some real money. Coming up with a long-range plan will provide the necessary time to save up for it and make it doable.

Will you go alone or take someone with you?

Being a single nudist or naturist can sometimes be inconvenient. Some resorts you might want to visit have couples only policies. If a resort you really want to visit has one, then you also need to come up with a plan for getting someone to go along. Also, like all cruises, the cost of a nude cruise is based on double occupancy. If you go it alone assuming it is even an option you will be paying the cost for two.

Being single doesn't have to mean you can't visit a particular resort or take a nude cruise, you will just have to include in the planning process a way to get someone to accompany you.

Once you have answered all the questions, start working the plan. Schedule time off at work for the dates you plan to go. Start putting aside some money each pay period if you need to save up. Make airline reservations, resort reservations or cruise reservations a few months out if applicable to your particular plan. Start work on finding a partner and getting them onboard with your idea if you plan to visit a resort for couples only.

Using the theme system means you can accomplish your resolution a step at a time instead of going all in on January 1 and making a promise to yourself that requires you to commit to carving out time to go to the gym 4 or 5 days a week all year or to constantly monitor your diet and weight that isn't likely to be kept. It's an opportunity to look back next December and savor not only sweet success but some great memories too.

Have a Happy New Year and good luck with those resolutions.
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