Only hours in, and already struggling to find your footing among this year’s list of New Year’s Resolutions? Don’t write off sitting on the couch—though it might seem counterintuitive, copping a cozy squat might be just the thing when paired with an inspirational classic DVD suited to your lofty goals for 2009.
1. Getting fit: "Rocky"
Rocky Balboa agreed to take on the champ and needed to make himself a body that could take a beating and still keep getting up off the floor. All your underdog self needs to do is make it into the gym occasionally. By the time Rocky crests the steps for the first time (after wiping away the tears), you’ll be setting your alarm for an early workout.
2. Make yourself over: "She’s All That"
Think it’s time for a look freshener? An hour or two of Tivo’d "Oprah" how-tos can be instructional, but it’s far more fun to indulge in Rachel Leigh Cook’s 90-minute movement from gangly teen to sought-after swan.
3. Lose the last 5 pounds (Again!): "Shrek"
Facing down another year spent thinking adios-ing those last few lbs. is going to make life perfect? Follow an ogre’s lead, and accept yourself for who you are on the inside. Those five pounds might not seem so monumental in the face of the big finale of Princess Fiona’s opting for a deeper kind of beauty.
4. Get finances in order: "Wall Street"
Greed was good for Gordon Gekko, but for you, not so much. Watch the cautionary tale, and get inspired to cop to your fiscal excesses a la Bud. You may not be looking to avoid a prison sentence as Charlie Sheen’s character was, but the celluloid Jiminy Cricket might just might get you to start paying off your personal financial mistakes and staunch the credit bleed in ’09.
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