Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Families, Fitness and Fat the Aims

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Families, Fitness and Fat the Aims

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SOME want to lose weight, others plan to stop and smell the roses, and some don't plan on changing a single thing.

It seems everyone has put some thought into their new year resolutions, even if they claim they don't believe in them.

Take Sandy Zubrinich, chairwoman of the Sunshine Coast Business Council, who vows she doesn't make new year resolutions because she only breaks them before the month is out.

But, when pressed, she admits she has considered her plans for 2014.

"I suppose if I was going to make a resolution, it would be to drink and eat less, exercise more and do a better job of keeping in touch with some of my good friends outside the region," she said.

"I've let that go a bit in the past few years."

And she planned to get things off to a good start, spending last night's celebrations with family visiting from South Australia and Brisbane.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson is another with family on his mind as 2014 begins.

"In the new year, I intend to spend more time with my family," he said.

"They have made many sacrifices in supporting me and deserve more of my attention and encouragement."

Caloundra Olympian Tessa Wallace also doesn't believe in new year resolutions, instead aiming to change her outlook on life every day.

"But if I did have one resolution, it would be to appreciate more of what I have now before it becomes what I no longer have," she said.

"I have learnt that family is everything and we should appreciate them a lot more than we do.

"I also want to be happier. We only live one life, yet we are constantly stressing and worrying about what everyone thinks of us.

"I want next year to be a year for me to be happy, spend more time with family and true friends, and live my life for me and not for anyone else."

Kim McCosker, of 4 Ingredients fame, may be the only person on the Coast dedicating her new year resolution to grocery shopping, claiming her main goal for 2014 is to be better organised in planning the family menu.

"When I do that, I'm super-organised and save so much money," she said.

"When I have no plan, I walk up and down the aisles aimlessly. …

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