Dec 30, 2013 | by Darcy Blake | “Just a little bit won’t hurt you!” were the wise words of my Grandma Daisy. Usually, I heard this as a child when we opened a tin of Planter’s peanuts and a bottle of 7-Up in the evenings before watching Grandpa’s favorite TV show, Dragnet. Later on during the summer, my sister and I were allowed to sample an array of Fizzies flavors that Grandma chose just for our delight. Occasionally, when we visited the printing shop where my grandparents worked, we knew that Grandpa would stop at the ice cream shop on the way home for a carton of peppermint ice cream for dessert. And always, we’d hear Grandma’s favorite saying as we were about to taste our treat, “Just a little bit won’t hurt you!”

So here we are, girlfriends. Nearly the end of the year 2013, and resolutions are humming about in the air. If we were to say we’d like to feel better and look better in 2014, we’d probably have a unanimous agreement. But what can we resolve to do that we won’t fizzle out on, just like those colorful Fizzies that were awesome to watch until the fizz finished?

That’s where Grandma Daisy comes in. I’m assigning, “Just a little bit won’t hurt you!” as the theme of my New Year’s resolution. Don’t think you can promise a whole class of exercise? Few can. But how about a couple of minutes a day of anything that gets you moving — like some arm stretches, or some leg stretches. Anyone can do that! And then maybe the next week, you can increase the time by a minute. What’s three minutes a day? Before you know it, you’ll be at 5 minutes a day. That’s over 1/2 hour of exercise a week that you’d never have committed to if it were all at once. A little bit is achievable and noticeable. When you feel the slightest hestiation that you don’t want to promise a few minutes to your well being, remember, “Just a little bit won’t hurt you!” You’ll make you and your grandma very proud of you!

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