3 ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions at last


By Virginia McCall, Assistant Recreation Supervisor/Youth Services

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions about what we want to accomplish in the coming year. We start out excited about losing weight or saving money, but soon reality sets in, and our motivation diminishes.

Most of the time, we eventually resign ourselves to trying again next year.

If you want to break the cycle of broken resolutions, the College Station Parks & Recreation Department can help. Beginning next Tuesday, we’re partnering with students from Texas A&M’s School of Public Health and the Department of Health & Kinesiology to create a New Year’s Resolution Series to help you get in shape, eat healthier, and become better organized.

1. Fit Family

Experience a fun, fat-burning workout you can replicate anywhere — with no equipment needed. Come by yourself and meet new people, or bring your kids, your partner or your roommates. The cost is $35 per family, and all ages are welcome.

Tuesdays • Jan. 24-April 11 • 6-7 p.m. • Wolf Pen Creek Park
Sundays • Jan. 29-April 16 • 6:30-7:30 p.m. • Southwood Community Center

2. Healthy Kitchen

Learn about nutrition and feeding your body the fuel it needs to feel great. In addition to learning how to prepare nutritious – and delicious – foods, you’ll discover ways to lower your grocery bill while still providing fresh, healthy meals for your family. The cost is $35 per family, and all ages are welcome.

Wednesdays • Jan. 25-April 13 • 6-7:30 p.m. • Wolf Pen Creek Green Room
Sundays • Jan. 29-April 16 • 5-6:30 p.m. • Southwood Community Center

3. Organize Your Life 

Adult learning expert Margo DeGange helps you gain control of your life through organization. We long to be organized and have things under control, but making it a reality can be challenging. In these classes, you’ll learn simple tools and tricks to get organized, including how to arrange a positive home environment that supports your goals and desires. The cost is $45 per participant, and all ages are welcome.

Empower your Life through Inspired Organization & Order
Wednesdays • Feb. 1-22 • 6-7:30 p.m. • Southwood Community Center

Springboard for Success in Life — your Home
Wednesdays • March 1-29 • 6-7:30 p.m. • Southwood Community Center

You don’t have to be a College Station resident to benefit from these classes, but you do need to register in advance. Go to rectrac.cstx.gov to register online, or stop by the Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Office (1000 Krenek Tap Rd.) between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.

For more information on these and other Parks & Recreation programs, view the Spring Parks Guide at cstx.gov/parks.


13062486_10205970830219402_6104763740309753222_nAbout the Author

Virginia McCall is in her third year as assistant recreation supervisor/youth services. A College Station native, she previously served as staff development specialist for Kids’ Klub, the College Station Independent School District’s after-school program.


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