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4 Simple Steps for a Happy January

Forget about having a Happy New Year. Let's survive January.

Bonnie Ramthun


January 2, 2014 - 10:45 am
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January settles in like a damp blanket. The cheerful lights and Christmas displays disappear, the decorations are stripped and put away, and the commercial air time is filled with ads for weight-loss programs, gym memberships, and help with tax preparation. Is there anything more depressing than watching relentlessly fit superbodies who’ve never eaten three slices of pie at a single sitting tell you how easy it is to get in shape? Your local store shelves are now packed with exercise equipment and diet books. The commercial intent of this month is to make you as miserable as possible and make you part with money you don’t want to spend. Don’t let it happen this year.

Here are four simple steps to a happy January. You’ll start February refreshed, fit, and renewed. Give these a try.

1. Don’t weigh yourself

Don’t throw your scale away, just put it in the closet. Don’t weigh yourself for the entire month. Maybe you’ve put on some weight during December (and most people do), but fretting about those pounds in January does nothing but make you unhappy and does no good. The majority of New Year’s resolution weight-loss plans don’t work.


My yoga instructor asked our class today if we were ready for the “newbies” in January. The New Year’s resolution types get gym memberships, they resolve to lose ten or twenty pounds, and they fill the gyms for a week or so. They exercise outrageously, make themselves sore and exhausted, and stop coming to work out after the first week. Does this sound like fun? Of course not. This is a waste of money, time, and energy.

Unless you’re a member of OK Go, in which case never mind, you’re awesome.

Don’t buy expensive exercise equipment, don’t engage in some outrageous fitness plan, and turn away from advertisements that barrage you with fitness appeals. You can resist because you have already resolved to follow the Four Simple Steps. They are now powerless against you. You can laugh at the commercials now. I use the disdainful laugh from Christopher Lambert in Mortal Kombat.

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Such excellent ideas- I've always found January to be particularly long and hard- I love your wording, Bonnie- "the iron month where nothing grows"... That may be true for outside (even though here, in the Pacific Northwest, it's still green- its certainly not growing) but I am going to grow internally this January- polar vortex, weight loss commercials and fitness equipment be damned!
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LOL! I love your video snippits. the are always right on task, and way fun to watch. Noticed the Wyoming reference, cheers to you. When they say it is -40 with wind chill in Chicago, I do the laugh listed above and say it was that in NOVEMBER. Now we look forward to how many DAYS it stays that cold. Thats why we need the extra insulation, r i g h t ? Chuckles on the tv ads, too. Better than the season of hemorrhoid ads! Also, Bill, I sure hope you want us to not be Texas Cowboy fans!
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Oh, I don't think January is THAT bad.

On the other hand, February snow is gray and tired looking.
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Don't be a Cowboys fan.
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