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8 Obscure July Holidays to Celebrate After the 4th

8 Obscure July Holidays to Celebrate After the 4th

July 14th: Pandemonium Day

Pandemonium Day is exactly what it sounds like: a day to go nuts. It’s basically like the 4th of July, but with less America. Or more America. Possibly pandas? They all make no sense…which, on this day, technically makes sense. Go wild (safely).

    Pandamonium/Shena Tschofen via flickr

    July 15th: Tapioca Pudding Day

    Ah, tapioca pudding; it either makes you want to eat a whole tub, or makes you want to blow chunks. Depending on which one is you, this day could go quite differently for some…

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      Banana Tapioca Pudding/qlinart via flickr

      July 19th: Caviar Day

      Are you so rich you can afford to eat smelly, expensive fish eggs? Then this day is for you, my good sir or madam. Throw a Gatsby-style dinner party and invite all your posh friends over for some caviar. Yum?

        Caviar & Mother of Pearl/Renée Suen via flickr

        July 22nd: Hammock Day

        Do you really need an excuse to relax all day? Still, July 22nd falls on a Friday this year, so you might be thwarted by that whole job thing you’ve got goin’ on. You could always remind your boss of this extremely important holiday. Or juts call in sick, whichever works.

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          No Hurry/Nathalie Babineau-Griffiths via flickr

          July 23rd: Hot Dog Day

          Didn’t get your fill of hot dogs on the 4th? There’s a holiday just for one of America’s favorite summer foods. And, in years past, some food chains have given customers hot dog discounts on the 23rd, so keep an eye out for cheap weenies.

            Hot Dog with Fries/TheCulinaryGeek via flickr

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            July 24th: Tequila Day

            Not much needs to be said about this one, except a gentle reminder to order a cab and not plan to keep much of your dinner. Cheers.

              Tequila and Lime/Eric Diggers via flickr

              July 27th: Take Your Pants For a Walk Day

              We all know that taking your pants for a walk is part of a healthy pants-owning routine. Roll yourself out of bed, put on the pants you were most definitely not wearing, and go for a hearty stroll. Note: some sites across the interwebs list July 27th as Take Your Plants For a Walk Day. So, there might be some slight confusion. Or just some very well-exercised plants.

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                The Sentry/Just Ard via flickr

                July 29th: National Lasagna Day

                What could be better than eating the deliciously melty, cheesy, pasta-y goodness that is fresh lasagna? Answer: a whole day dedicated to it. Invite people over to make some or eat out somewhere that has a world-class lasagna dish. Actually, just go out by yourself. More lasagna for you.

                  Meaty Lasagna/FoodThinkers via flickr

                  Featured photo credit: 4th of July Aftermath/Lee via flickr.com

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                  Last Updated on November 20, 2018

                  10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                  10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                  A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

                  Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

                  1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

                  Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

                  If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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                  2. You put the cart before the horse.

                  “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

                  3. You don’t believe in yourself.

                  A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

                  4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

                  The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

                  5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

                  If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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                  6. You don’t enjoy the process.

                  Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

                  The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

                  7. You’re trying too hard.

                  Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

                  8. You don’t track your progress.

                  Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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                  9. You have no social support.

                  It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

                  10. You know your what but not your why.

                  The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

                  Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

                  Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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                  Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

                  Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

                  Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

                  • The more specific you can make your goal,
                  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
                  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
                  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

                  I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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