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Celia Larkin: Resolutions must be for life, not just for January

Long-term lifestyle changes are what's needed if we are to boost our health, writes Celia Larkin

Published 22/01/2012 | 05:00

It should be about now that your New Year's resolution is coming under pressure. The nights are long, it's wet and windy, and summer is such a long way away. "Maybe I'll order a takeaway, just for tonight. Sure I can make up for it tomorrow." Sound familiar?

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I've heard January called the month of self-loathing. For me, that's a very negative term. I'd much rather hear it called the month of self-controlling. After the excesses of Christmas, it is somewhat of a relief to indulge in a dose of self-denial. For a while, anyway.

Have you ever noticed, most New Year resolutions are about losing weight and getting fit? And, typically, most New Year resolutions falter about mid-January, just when our digestive system and financial health are beginning to recover from the over- indulgences of December.

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