Happy New Year! By Judy Duarte

 It’s 2014!  Can you believe it?

At the end of each year, I promise to make some changes come January first.  And weight loss is always at the top of my list.  I vow to make healthier food choices and to exercise regularly.  And then somewhere along the line I falter…

But this time I mean it.  I plan to get fit before the next January rolls around.  And I’ve started already.  I’m cutting out carbs and sugar.  In fact, there’s a pot of vegetable soup simmering on my stove as I type.  J  And since the temperature is going to be a nice 72 today in Southern California, I’m going to take a walk. 





I’m also going to make sure I find the time to touch base with my family and friends more often.    

What about you?  Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions this year?  What are you determined to change in 2014?

One brave commenter will win an autographed copy of my latest book – a January Love Inspired Historical:  LONE WOLF’S LADY.  




But don’t worry!  I’m still writing for Special Edition and will have 4 books out in 2014, including THE DADDY SECRET, which will be out in March.   


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19 Responses to Happy New Year! By Judy Duarte

  1. Caro Carson says:

    I like New Year’s Resolutions, too. I’ve been surprised by how many people are down on them, but I guess if they make someone unhappy, they shouldn’t make any! I was really pleased with my goal of healthy food choices and more frequent exercise, but then I broke my foot in late summer and pfffffttt…. However, I’m all healed now, so I’m going to make the same resolution this year. Eat better, exercise more. I keep track with an app on my iPhone. Nothing like seeing my calories adding up to make me stop and consciously decide if I really, really need to pop that extra Ritz cracker in my mouth. Good luck with your resolutions, too!

    • Judy Duarte says:


      I fell downstairs a couple years ago and tore the ligament in my ankle. It took forever to heal. So I know what you mean about an injury slowing your progress.

      I’ll have to check into one of those apps for my iPhone. I think it would really help. I graze, too–especially when I’m writing. My office is way too close to the kitchen. :)

  2. Linda Henderson says:

    I don’t really call them resolutions, I call them goals. To me they are less intimidating that way. I’m going to live a healthier life and have a more positive outlook on everything. I tend to be a negative Nelly so this will be a BIG one for me. I’m going to start a positive thoughts jar, maybe it will inspire me to greater levels. There are a few other minor goals, to save some money, read more and try to stay better organized. I think most of these are possible.

  3. Joanna Sims says:

    Hi Judy,

    My New Years resolution is to write more and eat fewer donuts (I seriously have a problem with donuts). Congratulations on your four SE titles in 2014! I sincerely hope I’m that prolific one day…I am a very pokey writer. Hopefully this year I’ll be able to pick up the pace a bit!

    Happy New Year!


    • Judy Duarte says:


      I love donuts, too. And so I try to avoid stopping to pick them up. But my grown up kids love them and always like to surprise me with them… Sigh… And I just hate to say no to the kids. (Especially when they’ve got a box with a nice assortment…) :)

      As a side note, I wasn’t always prolific. I’ve learned to write faster with time. So I’m sure you will, too!

      Happy New Year!

  4. Happy New Year to you, too, Judy!

    Wow, you are a busy writing lady. Congratulations on the SEs and the LIH

    I know that the weight loss thing is usually the first resolution to go out the window, so I started by joining weight watchers right after Thanksgiving. Instead of hitting Christmas with extra pounds to lose, I lost 5 pounds and I’m heading into 2014 set in a routine.

    Walking is definitely a doable resolution and everyone would be better off for it. So let’s all get mobile in 2014!

    Oh, and I resolve to start blogging again at the SE group blog. :)

  5. Judy, happy New Year!!! My resolution: Less wine, more walking. Doing okay so far. But then, it’s only the 2nd. ;) xoxoxo!

  6. C-Jay M says:

    My goals for the new year: declutter the house and my life :) and get a bit more organized! Happy New Year!

    • Judy Duarte says:


      I’ve finally got my house de-cluttered. The only problem is, the clutter seems to have congregated in my office! So now I need to focus on getting more organized there–especially since I spend so much time there! :)

  7. amy o'neal says:

    the only resolution I made was to read more. because I know that’s one I can keep

  8. Debbie Haupt says:

    Hi Judy, Happy New Year. I’m a resolution type of gal myself and this year my resolution is to get more fit, not putting any restrictions on myself, not dieting I just don’t want the arm flappings of a 60 year old woman even though I am :)
    I hope yours and mine and everyone’s resolutions are fulfilled.

  9. Marcy Shuler says:

    My goal for 2014 is to get my home more organized. That means a lot of sorting, donating and discarding as needed. Yikes!

    • Judy Duarte says:


      Good luck organizing your house. I’m working on my office. It’s half-way there, but I’m not happy with it yet. I tend to make piles, which bothers me when they get too high. :)

  10. Amy Woods says:

    Best wishes on sticking with those resolutions, Judy!
    My resolutions are to eat more veggies and stick to a consistent writing schedule. :-)

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