Karl Henry: A test of resolve
Resolution has to be one of the most popular words at this time of year, but it's a word that tends not to last. How many of your resolutions have you kept in the past few years?
Still, I'm a big believer in setting some.
There is nothing better than starting the New Year with focus and a goal to work towards. Just look how hard it can make you work.
The key part is to make sure that you set the right resolution, and that you make it last all year, as opposed to the usual four or five-week timeframe. The best way to do this is to set yourself a realistic goal -- one that fits into your schedule, one that is doable and one that you can measure.
If it's weight loss you're after, no matter what advert you see, there is no easy way to do it.
No matter what resolution you happen to choose, you have to work hard at it.
Working hard at something is what gives you the satisfaction of achievement, fulfilment and the sense of happiness that comes from setting a target and working towards that target.
So, no easy options this year -- we all know that they don't work.
Instead, set yourself real resolutions and commit to working towards and achieving each one.
RECIPE: LOW-FAT CHICKEN SKEWERS
You will need
2 chicken fillets per person
200ml low-fat natural yogurt
2 tbsp tikka spice powder
Cut the chicken into strips, then mix the low-fat yogurt and the tikka spice in a bowl and add the chicken.
Cover the bowl with clingfilm. Leave it in the fridge for between four and five hours to marinate. Once marinated, thread the mini-fillets on to wooden kebab skewers, one fillet per skewer.
Now lay the skewers on to a baking tray and cook them in the oven at 200°C for 15 minutes, turning occasionally. Alternatively, you can cook them on a George Foreman grill.
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This year, no matter what exercise you decide to take up as part of your New Year’s resolution, you should monitor your effort levels. To achieve the optimum benefits, you need to be working hard enough so you are slightly out of breath, but still able to hold a conversation. This is called a talk test and it is the cheapest and the easiest way to ensure you get all the benefits from a workout.