Keeping Your Resolutions

It’s hard to believe, but January is almost over!

If you remember, I wrote about resolutions a few weeks ago. My top resolutions were to lose a few pounds, get more sleep, and be less stressed.

We also asked you to take our poll and let us know what you would like to work on or change this year.

The results were very interesting. Here are the top six results:

  • Lose weight: 50.6%
  • Enjoy life more: 49.4%
  • Stay fit and healthy: 48.3%
  • Spend more time with family and friends: 43.7%
  • Get organized: 43.7%
  • Be less stressed: 42.5%

Now I certainly know how difficult it is to stick to a resolution. To be honest, I’m having trouble with all of my resolutions!

Statistics show that many people have trouble sticking with their resolutions. According to a University of Scranton study, 75% of resolutions will be continued through the entire first week of January, but only 46% make it past six months.

The study also stated that 39% of people in their twenties will achieve their resolution each year, while only 14% of people over 50 years of age will achieve theirs.

What can you do to stick to your resolutions? According to, here are some tips:

  • Just pick one thing: You can’t change everything right away. So pick one area of your life to change to begin with. And make it realistic. (This was my big mistake. So now I’m just focusing on losing some weight.) You can’t run a marathon if you’ve never even run down the block.
  • Plan ahead: Do you research so you know what you need to do to achieve your goal. (This was another thing I failed to do. My goal was to lose a few pounds, but I didn’t figure out how I was going to do it.)
  • Anticipate problems and setbacks: Make a list of anticipated problems, and think about what you can do to overcome them.
  • Accept failure: If you don’t do what you wanted to on a given day, don’t give up. Just figure out what happened so that you can try again the next day.
  • Plan rewards: Small rewards are great encouragement to keep you going. Think about what incentive will get – and keep – you going.

So, if you’re having trouble with your own resolution, DON’T GIVE UP!

Have a great day!

Beat The Winter Blues

During most winters I tend to hibernate. It’s so dark and cold (at least where I live) in the mornings that it’s hard to get out of bed. And when I get out of work, the sun is already down, so it’s dark and dreary … I just can’t wait to get home and snuggle up at night. But that only leads me to get the “Winter Blues. “

So I wondered what can be done to beat those blues. Here are some tips, according to

  • Make your environment brighter. Open up the blinds and sit as close as you can to window!
  • Eat smarter. Certain foods can help to enhance your mood and relieve anxiety. Thankfully, chocolate is one of those foods! Just don’t overdo it.
  • Simulate dawn. Studies show that a dawn simulator, a device that causes the lights in your bedroom to gradually brighten over a set period of time, can serve as an antidepressant and make it easier to get out of bed, according to
  • Exercise.  No matter what you do, it’s always a good thing.
  • Crank up the tunes. Researchers showed that listening to upbeat music significantly improved a person’s mood.
  • Plan a vacation. Just the mere act of planning a getaway can make you feel better. I know it works for me!
  • Help others. Volunteering your time can improve mental health and life satisfaction.
  • Get outside. Spending time outside during daylight hours (even when it’s cold) can improve focus and lower stress levels.

I hope these tips help you. I know they’re helping me!

Have a great day!

Friday The 13th And MLK Day

Two interesting and vastly different days are on the calendar.

Today is Friday the 13th, considered by many to be a very unlucky day. According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, NC, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the U.S. are affected by a fear of this day, making it the most feared day and date on the calendar.

I, for one, don’t have any issues with this day, but I do have a friend who refuses to leave her house all day. So I do want to wish you all a safe and pleasant day, just in case …

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, marking the birthday of the man who was a leading civil rights advocate. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15.

The idea to recognize his birthday as a federal holiday began soon after King’s assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later.

As with many other people, I have the day off. So my family and I will be doing some relaxing.

PSC Closed On Monday
Speaking of having the day off, I just wanted you to know that the Panel Support Center will be closed on Monday.

I hope you have a nice weekend.

Happy New Year!

I want to wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year! As you know, New Year’s is a time when many people make resolutions. (By the way, this year I want to lose a few pounds, get more sleep, and be less stressed!!!)

In fact, according to,

  • 41% of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions
  • 17% of Americans infrequently make New Year’s Resolutions
  • 42% of Americans absolutely never make New Year’s Resolutions

So even if you typically don’t make a New Year’s resolution, what would you like to work on/change? Let us know by taking the poll below!

Happy Anniversary To NCP!
This month is also the anniversary of when the National Consumer Panel was formed. So, happy 7th anniversary NCP!

I hope you have a great day.