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Setting goals for the New Year

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New Year Goals

 New Year Goals

Though it’s common to ring in the New Year by making resolutions for the year, it’s far less popular to set goals for the next 12 months. Resolutions and goals might be similar, but they’re not exactly the same.

When setting goals, men and women are attempting to develop a plan for the year ahead with the intent of being in a better place in 365 days. Successful resolutions are typically far less encompassing. While resolutions are goal-oriented, men and women often make just one resolution that does not require a plan or much dedication. For instance, a goal of being more financially secure will require a plan that must be implemented for it to be a success. A resolution to quit smoking might involve some advice from health professionals, but in general it’s up to the individual to simply stop smoking. Goal setting is more involved, more action-oriented and often more successful.  Do you want to try setting a goal this year instead of “just” a resolution?

When setting goals for the next 12 months, consider the following tips.

* Brainstorm some ideas. Goals should pertain to all aspects of life, from career goals to personal goals to anything you want to accomplish around the house. Before setting any goals, brainstorm as many ideas as possible for each area of your life. Write these ideas down, no matter how big or small they might be — even though you might not decide to pursue each and every goal you come up with. The purpose of this is just to get some ideas flowing and to use those ideas as a foundation.

If two or more ideas are similar, such as losing weight and eating healthier, then you can combine those later on and make them one goal to simply be healthier a year from now.

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* Rank goals by their importance to you. Goals will have varying degrees of importance, and this can help you to rank them by which ones you feel are most important. This doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish each goal on your list. But prioritizing goals can make it easier to accomplish them.

A good approach to take is to accomplish a high-priority goal, then reward yourself by tackling a more lighthearted goal that’s less of a priority. For instance, if one of your biggest priorities is to install new siding on the house and you accomplish this goal, then reward yourself by next working on one of your more fun-oriented goals, such as visiting a water park or attending a ballgame. Such a balance and reward system can provide motivation and make for a fun and productive year to boot.

* Establish a time frame. When setting goals with no time frame in mind, it’s easy to procrastinate and downplay the significance of the goals. When setting goals, establish a time frame to increase your chances of being successful. For instance, if you have a goal to save X amount of money over the next 12 months, give yourself monthly savings markers to meet. This can help keep you on schedule and ensure you will achieve your goal come the end of the year.

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* Give yourself progress reports. As the year goes on, periodically assess your progress. You might realize some goals have become bigger priorities while others are no longer as important, and that’s perfectly alright. But once you have passed the planning stage and started to pursue a goal, track your progress and stay the course if it’s going well. If not, reconsider your plan and decide if it’s best to lay out another course of action.

Setting goals for the year ahead is a great way to ensure the next 12 months will be productive and fruitful. GOALS are more successful than RESOLUTIONS for many people.

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Popular resolutions

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popular resolutions

Every year, right before the clock strikes 12 on December 31, people far and wide make resolutions for the new year. There are some common themes from year to year, with certain resolutions topping the lists.

* Lose weight: Whether they’re inspired by goals of healthy living, the reality of stepping on a scale after holiday dining or simply because clothes have been a little snug, people often resolve to lose weight in the year ahead.

* Quit smoking: Individuals are feeling increased pressure to give up the habit due to smoking bans in many buildings and public spaces. Plus, it’s one of the worst things a person can do for his or her health.

* Get fit: In conjunction with losing weight, the overall quest for physical fitness drives up gym membership numbers every January.

* Tame finances: The first credit card bill after the holiday season may be a wakeup call for those who have had difficulty balancing a budget. This is often a time when people make plans to get finances under control at the start of the new year.

* Enjoy life more: Many people are taking personal happiness into their own hands. Perhaps thanks to a troublesome economy and other sources of sour news, it has become common in recent years for resolutions to be made concerning reducing stress and having more fun. This may involve everything from spending more time with family to taking time for leisure activities to simply enjoying more of the hobbies one finds fun.

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A fishy New Year’s resolution

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Do you think that all New Year’s resolutions are a bit fishy? Perhaps you’re suspicious of the fads that appear each January, offering us the latest in fitness and diet trends that promise a slimmer you in the year to come. This year, instead of focusing on weight loss, why not resolve to try a tried and true resolution that will mean truly better overall health for you and your family — eating well with foods like Omega-3 rich Atlantic salmon?

2012 should be the year for paying more attention to overall health and well-being. Atlantic salmon is one of the most healthy and nutritious food choices available and is a great addition to any New Year’s resolution that is aimed at living healthier. It’s an excellent source of protein and loaded with vitamins and minerals, and is also one of the best sources of natural Omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fats are often known as “the good fats” and are considered essential because we need them to live a healthy life but we have to get them from external sources like seafood. The American Heart Association recommends that people include at least two servings of fish, particularly fatty fish such as Atlantic salmon, per week in their diets in part because of numerous health benefits associated with Omega-3s.

As a great source of Omega-3 DHA and EPA essential fatty acids, Atlantic salmon helps the body’s heart health — helping prevent heart disease and stroke, reducing the risk of cancer, lowering cholesterol; and may assist in brain health — maintaining healthy brain activity and reducing the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease in adults, and enhancing brain development and promoting learning in children. Studies have also shown Omega-3s may prevent depression, schizophrenia and memory loss, along with just generally increasing our daily energy levels and acting as an anti-inflammatory.

Atlantic salmon leads the way, surpassing all other seafood, including wild salmon, in Omega-3 DHA and EPA amounts per serving. Not only that, but it’s an excellent source of protein and lower than beef or chicken in saturated fats.

It’s easy to start adding more Atlantic salmon to your diet and you can start out simply with basic recipes like True North’s Salmon with Soy-Honey and Wasabi Sauce. Salmon isn’t complicated to cook, and when you combine the great taste with the knowledge that it’s so good for you, you’ll find yourself preparing it more often.

A great way to work salmon in to your new year’s meal plan is to start slowly by swapping out one of your guilty pleasure meals — something you know isn’t very good for you — with a quick delicious meal of Atlantic salmon from the Gulf of Maine, where the salmon is the freshest. You’ll feel better about the choice you’ve made and your body and mind will thank you.

Salmon with Soy-Honey and Wasabi Sauce

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4 Servings

Ingredients

4 5-6 oz (150-180 g) Salmon Portions

For salmon

1/2 cup (125 ml) mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)

2 tablespoons (30 ml) soy sauce

1/4 cup (65 ml) rice vinegar

1 tablespoon (15 ml) finely grated, peeled fresh ginger

For sauce

2 tablespoons (30 ml) soy sauce

1/4 cup (65 ml) honey

1 tablespoons (15 ml) fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons (10 ml) wasabi powder

1 tablespoons (15 ml) water

Directions

1. Stir together mirin, soy sauce, vinegar, and ginger in a shallow dish. Add fish and marinate, covered, at room temperature for 10 minutes.

2. Boil soy sauce, honey, and lime juice in a small saucepan, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 4 minutes.

3. Stir together wasabi powder and water in a small bowl.

4. Preheat broiler, and cook fish on oiled rack, 5 to 7 inches from heat, until fish is just cooked through, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and drizzle with sauces.

5. Serve with wild rice and steamed asparagus.

Whether grilled, baked or poached, Atlantic salmon provides some of the essential nutrients and fatty acids needed for good health — and it tastes delicious too.

Other Healthy eating tips

* Bake, broil or grill your salmon instead of pan-frying it.

* Limit the amount of oil you use.

* Flavour your salmon with seasonings like dill, lemon or pepper instead of butter or oil.

* If you do use oil, make it olive oil. Research suggests that, like salmon, this monounsaturated fat lowers the risk of heart disease.

* Pair your salmon with a healthy side dish like steamed broccoli, carrots or vegetable stir-fry. Not only will these colorful veggies look good, they’re good for you too

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