These Four Letters Could Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

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If you’re anything like me, in the past 24 hours you’ve made declarative statements like, “I’m never eating white flour again!” or “Today will be the day I stop watching so many Law & Order: SVU marathons!” Then you’ve promptly broken said vows with a bowl of cheese-stuffed ravioli in one hand and a remote control in the other—rinse, repeat.

The phrase “talk is cheap” comes to mind here, but next time I set my lofty goals, I might just be able to keep my word, thanks to this nifty trick: The folks over on Science of Us have clued us in to a four-step technique that research has shown helps people to actually achieve what they set out to do. Like, for instance, it helped people who wanted to eat more fruits and vegetables actually eat more fruits and vegetables—instead of, you know, just saying, “I’m going to eat more vegetables!” and eating pasta instead. Impressive.

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6 Style Resolutions For The New Year

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Want to have your most fashionable year ever? These are the resolutions I’m making right now. Follow ‘em with me for a seriously stylish 2014.

1. Don’t save your “good stuff.”

Really! If you love it, wear it. I constantly hear people say that they basically have two closets: the everyday, ho-hum stuff that doesn’t excite them, and the only-for-special-occasion pieces that they break out every once in a while (I call this ‘Wedding Wear’). Why wait? Wear your favorite cocktail frock to work, but dress it down with a turtleneck underneath or an oversized sweater layered on top. If you’ve got a job with a stricter dress code, then break out your favorite pieces on the weekend. Really: Your fanciest fancy-pants heels look awesome with distressed jeans. Trust me.

Keep reading for my vintage secrets.

#RunPR2014: Why Philly Runners Are Thinking Big in 2014

Sticking to a New Year’s resolution can be tough. I mean, no one is actually holding you accountable, so what does it really matter if you don’t hit the gym today? And who cares if you opt for a breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes over steel-cut oats? If you’re worried about your New Year’s resolution flying out the window come the weekend (Because, I mean, brunch.), we’ve got the perfect contest for you.

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Beat the New Year’s Gym Crowds: Use the Forgotten Machines

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If you’ve hit the gym in the past seven days, chances are you’ve noticed more than a few new faces. This, right now, is a post-New Year’s world we’re living in, people, and the crowds aren’t due to subside for another month. At least.

The most popular machines? Treadmills, by a long shot. “Everyone gets on the treadmill because everyone knows how to walk,” says Vivian Camphor, a veteran trainer at Philadelphia Sports Clubs in Center City. “It’s easy.” The ellipticals get clogged for the same reason: They’re easy to use and therefore make for a no-brainer workout.

Instead of abandoning your workouts, planting yourself on the couch, and waiting for the resolution tide to recede, try this: Head to the parts of the gym that typically get ignored. You know, the machines that gather dust in the corner while the Resolutioners stand in line for the treadmills. Here, the forgotten machines to leverage during the New Year’s rush—plus tips for how to use them and workouts (H.I.I.T., anyone?) for guidance.

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How to Jump-Start Your Post-Holiday Detox (Without a Juice Cleanse!)

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After packing on a few pounds from all the holiday fa-la-la-ing, you can’t help feeling bloated and sluggish. Chances are that right about now, you’re desperately searching for a reboot.

In the past, January always meant signing myself up for a juice cleanse, which required forcing down foul-tasting juice for a week and completely clearing my calendar because I couldn’t handle being around solid food without wanting to punch my friend in the stomach and run off with her pizza.

Sounds like fun, eh? Trust me—it wasn’t.

Sure, by the end of the cleanse I’d fit back into my skinny jeans … but then a few days later, I wouldn’t. In fact, I’d gain all the weight back I lost and then some.

For those who struggle with emotional eating, cleansing can be torture and only guarantees a binge later on. That’s why instead of going on a cleanse, I plan what I call a “detox done right.” It’s an affordable, luxurious week of self-care, pampering and nourishment that doesn’t turn me into hermit or starving psycho. It’s more effective, restorative and a whole heck of a lot more fun than a cleanse.

Here’s an example of five simple things I include in my five-day detox:

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The Checkup: 6 Tricks for Sticking with Your Morning-Workout Resolutions

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• Happy New Year, Be Wellers! If you’ve resolved to get on the horn with a.m. workouts, check out these smart tips for ensuring you actually get out of bed when your alarm goes off. [Women’s Health]

• Speaking of resolutions, if you haven’t exactly decided on one yet, it’s not too late! Check out these five easy-to-implement habits that’ll guarantee you have a healthier 2014. [Q by Equinox]

• Have you heard of the Metabolism Miracle diet? It’s apparently poised to be 2014’s hottest diet fad. {Sigh} [Refinery 29]

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5 Tips for Making a New Year’s Resolution You Can Actually Keep

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Happy New Year, Be Wellers! Are you ready to get 2014 started on the right foot?

For many, the New Year means a fresh start, a new beginning, a clean slate.  It also means a new resolve to finally (finally!) lose some weight. The sober truth is that while many will vow to take better care of their bodies, the vast majority will fail miserably within the first 60 days. (Womp, wommmmp.)

Now for the good news: You don’t have to be one of those people who fail. No, really. Keep reading, because I’m about to give you five simple rules for making (and keeping) your New Year’s lose weight, get fit resolution.

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As You Make Your 2014 Resolutions, Ask Yourself This: Are Your Friends Good People?

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As the New Year approaches, we are all thinking about the 2014 resolutions we ought to be making to better our lives and allow for a more harmonious year. These declarations usually include spending money more wisely, treating people in a thoughtful way, losing weight and being more productive. Rarely does one think of the company one keeps as having a direct correlation with happiness. But who you choose to surround yourself with will have a profound effect on your self esteem, and on how others view you. Consider the following scenarios when choosing whom to spend your time with in 2014.

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Prepare Thyself: How to Survive the New Year’s Resolution Crowds at the Gym

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Every year between January and March, commercial gyms look more like the set of a zombie movie than a place to get in shape, with the resolution crowd plodding on treadmills like a mindless horde.

If you’re a seasoned gym-goer, it can be frustrating—but be patient. Everyone is there to accomplish the same goal—to improve—and it’s difficult to fault a person for self-improvement … however much he or she may hog your favorite machine.

Here are some strategies to get you through Q1 at your overflowing gym:

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