Archive for January, 2009

New Year’s Resolution Check-up

Monday, January 26th, 2009


Many of us kicked off 2009 with New Year’s resolutions.  As we near the end of January, it is a great time to assess how we are sticking to our goals! Don’t get discouraged if you’ve fallen off the wagon already! Pick yourself back up and get back on.  Here are some tips to help:

 Resolution Tip 1: Set resolutions that are realistic and based on your personal history.  Learn from your failures.  If you want to exercise five days a week and you haven’t done it in the past, vow to work out twice a week.

 Resolution Tip 2: Set interim goals.  You can’t lose 100 pounds or get a PhD overnight.  Lose two to three pounds a week, and work toward your doctorate a few credits at a time.

 Resolution Tip 3: Track your progress.  Keep a ledger of some sort–whether it is on your computer, PDA or just a note book you have lying around.  Short term goals are easier to attain. (see our list of helpful websites below!)

 Resolution Tip 4: Use positive language.  The way you talk to yourself really affects your ability to attain your goals.  Try to develop a “can-do” attitude.

 Resolution Tip 5: Get support.  Reach out to your family, friends or a group of people who share the same goal and who can encourage you if your resolve weakens.  Don’t underestimate accountability!

 Resolution Tip 6: Celebrate your “successes” and rebound from your “failures.” Take credit for success when you achieve a resolution.  If you fail don’t blame yourself, just see how you can do better the next time.

 If you’d like a little support and help tracking your goals, I’ve included some great websites that provide helpful tools.  Check them out and let us know if any of work for you! They are free!

 FitDay—helps you lose weight by keeping an exercise log and food diary

Traineo—another one for weight loss and fitness goals

Daily Plate—compare to FitDay—keep a fitness journal and more

Wesabe—organize your finances and save money

Mint—finance tracking

Ben Franklin Virtue Chart—daily habits

Backpack—get organized

Bellygraph—public progress tracker

Don’t Break the Chain—Jerry Seinfeld’s way to reach success

Joe’s Goals—daily goal tracking—people really love this one

Joe's Goals

We’d love to hear about how your resolutions are working out! What helps you stick to your goals? What is the hardest part about keeping your resolution? 

Wishing you success,



Sunday, January 4th, 2009


What could be more fun than a cutest canine contest? Enter your adorable dog in Round 2 of the Star Tribune contest going on NOW! Check out what you could win:

TOP DOG: A $1,000 Visa gift card and publication in the Star Tribune and on (WOW!!)

TOP 10 WINNERS: Get a $100 Visa gift card

TOP 30 WINNERS: Get a $25 Visa gift card

Don’t just pull out any old photo of your dog! Make sure it is one that stands out in a crowd! Also, make sure it captures your dog’s charm, personality and good looks! This may mean that you need to snap a new picture just for the contest! It will be worth it! Just look at what the TOP DOG wins!

When you enter the contest, you’ll need to come up with a title for your picture.  You will also need to submit a description of your dog.  You’ll have fun reading comments that voters will post about your lovable dog! The contest ends on January 23rd, 2009 so don’t delay!

Click here for tips on photographing dogs, if you need a little help to get you going!

Click here to go to the Star Tribune Cutest Canine Contest. 

I am going to ask all of the girls at Belladerm to enter, what fun!

Best of luck to you and your canine,