Get ex­cited

Shape (Malaysia) - - The Takeaway - Seema Viswanathan, Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

OOn Dec 31 last year, I heard some­one com­plain about the new year buzz, as in “What’s the big fuss about it? It’s go­ing to be just an­other new day like ev­ery other day”. In many ways, this think­ing is true. We don’t need to wait for it to be Jan 1 to start tak­ing ac­tion of any­thing (I started boot camp nearly 6 years ago in Septem­ber!) Good in­ten­tions and ac­tions can be ex­e­cuted on any day of the year. But, for many, the first (or sec­ond) day of a new year is a sym­bolic date on which to start new things. That date does goad many peo­ple to ad­vance their in­ten­tions, such as fi­nally sign­ing up at a gym, learn­ing to say ‘No’ to junk food, quit­ting re­fined sugar, buy­ing pro­tein pow­der to put in their smoothies (me!), and more. I’m for any­thing that lends en­cour­age­ment. If a new di­ary could get you to do some­thing you should have done six months ago, go ahead and get it. If a new year makes you ex­cited, then use it to do what you’ve al­ways wanted. Per­haps 50% of peo­ple will end up not stick­ing to their ‘new rules for 2018’ but at least they gave it a go (you’ll learn from it), and the other half did man­age to. By the time this Jan­uary/Fe­bru­ary edi­tion of SHAPE (our first dou­ble is­sue!) hits the news stands, I hope you’re into two weeks of well-es­tab­lished new habits. Don’t stop, at least make it go into Fe­bru­ary. They say it takes 21 days to make a habit stick (I should know: I did a 21-day, no-sugar diet and now I’m a con­vert for life!) so hang in there. Even if a few of your res­o­lu­tions are left unticked on your to-do list by the end of Fe­bru­ary, it’s ok. Find out why, and try again in March. If you’re one of those who moaned about the big fuss over the new year, per­haps you should start your own 2018 to-do list and write down: “Stop be­ing a wet blan­ket” as the first item.

“I have stamina be­cause I’m be­ing thought­ful about what I put into my body.” page 60

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Here’s a tip: it’s cheaper (and less of a has­sle) to get a dig­i­tal sub­scrip­tion of SHAPE on the Ap­ple App Store and An­droid app on Google Play than risk miss­ing out on your monthly fix. GO­ING DIG­I­TAL

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