I resolve to…buck up and try again.

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FEAR OF JANUARY

No, no, no…it can’t be…the year’s gone by so fast. That’s what they all say. But surprise, January follows December with its gobs of gluttony and inactivity (other than raising your fork rapidly and repeatedly.) You’re flattened by fruitcake; you’ve led the March of the Marshmallows…What happened to last year’s resolutions? Opps, slipped away we guess. Once again you’ve shown no more moral stamina than a noodle. But no beating yourself up here. Not a good way to start the year. It might help to know that you’re in the majority. 24% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions crumble in the first week. 78% fail to stick to them at all. And here’s something to consider; 48% of men don’t ever bother to make any resolutions. 39% of women don’t. Guess they know themselves pretty well. But let’s talk about you. You want to make some changes. You plan to make a list of resolutions for 2017.

Before you start, however, consider some of these words of wisdom:

One very wise man said; “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”

Mark Twain said; “New Year’s Day is the accepted time to make your annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”

According to Oscar Wilde, “Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.”

Hmmm, pulverizing New Year’s resolutions doesn’t seem to be a new phenomenon.

HEALTHY HABITS GONE AWOL

You know exactly when and where you fell off the health wagon. First, you probably made last year’s list longer than War and Peace. Totally unattainable. (What were you thinking?)  Then you went through your yearly mantra:

I will make healthy resolutions.

I have the will.

I think I will.

I hope I will.

Will this year really be different than any other year?

If I don’t stick to my resolutions, I will definitely be pissed, frustrated and disappointed in myself.

Stop.

As we said, the place to start isn’t with debilitating negativity.

To help, we’re going to give you just three (3!) resolutions to try to stick to. Three, not so difficult, huh?

  1. Stress
  2. Diet and Exercise (c’mon, you knew this had to be one of them)
  3. Being good to yourself.

That’s it.

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE RIDICULOUSLY HYSTERICAL

According to ABC News, America’s top 2016 New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Enjoy life to the fullest (45.7%)
  • Live a healthier lifestyle (41.1%)
  • Lose weight (39.6%)
  • Spend more time with family and friends (33.2%)
  • Save more, spend less (30.1%)
  • Pay down debt (27.5%)

Last year’s most commonly broken promises were:

  • Lose weight and get fit
  • Quit smoking
  • Learn something new
  • Eat healthier and diet
  • Get out of debt and save money
  • Spend more time with family
  • Travel to new places
  • Be less stressed
  • Volunteer
  • Drink less

Just too too much to start out with, which means too too many ways to fail.

Which is why we’re cutting down your resolution list to three.

And for a little bit of levity on the topic, thought we’d share some of these resolutions with you just to enforce your own choices.

This year, I will:

  • Stop Instagraming photos of food no one else gets to eat
  • Prepare for the future by worrying about it
  • Use more deodorant and wash less to save water
  • Shop for clothes 3 sizes too small intending to get into them
  • Get help for my device addiction
  • Bench-press 100 lbs. and lie that it was much, much more
  • Encourage my kids eat whatever they want
  • Avoid gin smoothies before work
  • Let the lawn go wild
  • Apply to Survivor
  • Apply to The Bachelor (or Bachelorette)

I RESOLVE TO DO THINGS I MIGHT ACTUALLY DO

So, you don’t feel your best. But it’s important to know that there are many things you could blame it on other than your unmet and ignored resolutions from last year. Consider this; a lot of what you’re feeling could be due to unbalanced hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers freestyling it through your blood steam at will. Messing up how you feel, at will.  That’s why you should make it a must-do to see Dr. Stephen A. Goldstein, M.D., F.A.C.S at Denver Hormone Health. Dr. Goldstein is a leader in the field of hormone therapy. With a caring consultation and simple tests, he can determine exactly what’s out of whack and tailor a treatment uniquely for your needs.

Want to start this year out right?

Call for an appointment to find out how Dr. Goldstein can help.

And get your ommmmms on.

HO-HO, OH NO…ON THE WEEK AFTER CHRISTMAS

Holiday Regret

WHOA, OH WHOA, WHERE DID THE DOLLARS GO?

Have yourself a scary little Christmas

See the bills add up

From now on you’ll be paying off those credit cards

For all the Christmas stuff.

You shake, you fret, your head spins, your stomach turns and you can’t sleep. How did this happen? Think back. How could you think it wouldn’t all add up? Over the years, overspending has shot up there as much as overeating and drinking. In one survey, 47% used credit cards, 9% dipped into their emergency funds, and 7% even tapped their retirement accounts. Tis the season for consumerism where gift-buying stampedes translate into bank depleting stress. And pressure. To name a few.

IT CAN DO YOUR HEART BAD

All the pressure coupled with all the over-indulgence can have some serious effects on your health. Diabetics’ sugar levels soar, stomach ulcers intensify and not least, increased blood pressure can actually increase the number of heart-related deaths over the holidays. Crazy, but many people who find themselves suffering on the 25th, actually wait until the 26th to go to the ER for chest pain. They don’t want to spoil the day. Many hospitals say the 26th is the busiest day of the year.

BE YOUR OWN ANGEL

Take a deep breath and know what a beautiful celebration you made of the holiday for so many people. Be proud of all you’ve done. In fact, now is a good time to make a list just for you:

  • Relax
  • Take a breather
  • Nap at will
  • Order pizza
  • Go out for dinner
  • Don’t even think about returns
  • Practice mindfulness (or learn what it is and how it can help on a daily basis)
  • Stay in your pajamas as long as you want
  • Say “no”. Repeatedly.
  • Feel guilty about zip
  • Pamper yourself—mani/pedi…even massage
  • Think back about all the good times
  • Forget vacuuming
  • Thank you notes can wait as long as you get them out before next Thanksgiving
  • Be the star at the top of your own tree.

STOP TOYING AROUND WITH YOUR HEALTH

When you’ve had your fill of more than turkey stuffing, know that all that excess you’re blaming the holidays on, might actually be coming from unbalanced hormones. Hormones are the chemical messengers that move through the body impacting the way your cells and organs function. When unbalanced, they can be real body bullies, disrupting how you feel all over. They can cause stomach pains, bloating, nausea and diarrhea. Give you headaches that feel like nutcrackers have had a field day with your brain, resulting in what’s called “memory fog”, leading to lack of focus and attention. Maybe hormones are where you should put the blame, not on how the holidays have made you feel, which isn’t always so hot. Well, fortunately for you, the gift of health is close by. There are few specialists in the Denver area that are more knowledgeable or experienced in hormone replacement than a very wise man, Dr. Stephen A. Goldstein, Goldstein, MD, FACS hormone health. Seeing him is like getting a gift you never expected. After meeting with him and taking some simple tests, he creates a treatment plan tailored to fit perfectly. Tailored to make you feel a big dose of awe.

Make an appointment now.

And get all you want for Christmas.

HO-HO, OH NO…ON THE WEEK OF CHRISTMAS

Holiday Weight Gain

CAROLS OF COOKING AND CHAOS AND CLEANING

Forget about:

  • 12 Drummers Drumming
  • Eleven Pipers Piping
  • Ten Lords a Leaping
  • Nine Ladies Dancing
  • Eight Maids a Milking
  • Seven Swans a Swimming
  • Six Geese a Laying
  • Five Golden Rings
  • Four Calling Birds
  • Three French Hens
  • Two Turtle Doves
  • and a Partridge in a Pear Tree…

It’s more about what you get planning a memorable Christmas Eve, morning and noon meal:

  • 30 Guests a Coming
  • 90 Recipes a Reading
  • 20 Pies a Baking
  • Gluten-Free a Thinking
  • Hard-Wood Floors a Polishing
  • Unnamed Dishes a Cooking
  • And 100 things in less than 10 Days

You get it….

DASHER, DANCER, PRANCER, VIXEN, COMET, CUPID, DONNER AND BLITZEN.

Oh, and Overeating, Sugar Loads, Hangovers and Fruitcakes, Blood Pressure, Chest Pains, Gut Distress and Weight Gain… (an extra strain on the roof.)

LET YOUR YULE TIDE OVERFLOW

It’s never easy up to this point, and maybe we’ve gone a bit overboard, (although true), but now is time to stop and think what the holiday is really all about: family, love, laughter, togetherness, gratefulness, rejoicing, hope, awe, joy, making memories, yule tide spirit, peace on earth and hundreds of photos, videos and selfies to mark the wonderful moments.

IT’S A GOOD DAY, CHARLIE BROWN…

Other than one helping after another of football, another tradition is to watch Christmas movies. And there are tons of them. Some of the most popular include:

  • A Christmas Carol
  • Scrooge
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Gremlins
  • Elf
  • The Bishop’s Wife
  • A Christmas story1941
  • The nightmare before Christmas
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Home Alone
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • The Santa Clause
  • A Christmas story
  • White Christmas
  • Holiday Inn
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Scrooged
  • Christmas in Connecticut
  • Bad Santa

It’s a really nice thing for the family to do together. On one device.

RETURN THIS

No, not a sweater, not a set of kitchen spoons that look like bizarre zoo creatures…return all the things that are making your body feels like it’s been stuck in the chimney, and return to good health. Some of the things that can wreak havoc on your body, can really be coming because your hormones are out of balance. Hormones are the great communicators, sending messages to the cells throughout our bodies. Because they can fluctuate, they can act like a roller coaster, causing mood swings, sleepless nights and depression. And those are just a few of the symptoms. But there’s help. Dr. Stephen A. Goldstein, Goldstein, MD, FACS at Denver hormone health has years of expertise, experience and advanced training in balancing hormones. You can tell he really cares. After discussing your issues, several simple tests are taken. The results help him pinpoint where the problems are and from there he creates a uniquely tailored treatment plan to help.

Make an appointment now.

Get relief. With all the trimmings.