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How to keep your New Year’s resolution

How to keep your New Year's resolution

So you’ve got a resolution. Now what? How many of us actually keep our resolutions past the first two weeks of January? Any hands out there? I’ve come up with some Lincoln Park spots that can help us all (yes, me too!) get on track for 2012.

Get fit: There are a lot of options for working out in Lincoln Park, but the newest addition has to be Flirty Girl Fitness, the (pole) dance/exercise studio/spa. Expanding from its first Chicago location in the West Loop, the new facility is conveniently located near Halsted and Webster. It’s slated to open early 2012 and no, you don’t have to wear six-inch stilettos and booty shorts. Unless you want to.

Get your finances in shape: The Christmas season did not do my bank account so well. Take your self-help finance books (I’m currently reading Suze Orman’s Young, Fabulous & Broke), to Next Door, the coffee-shop/State Farm hangout on Diversey that lets you buy muffins, do yoga, and listen to live music, all while getting some financial coaching. Sounds like a win-win.

Drink less: Sounds easy enough right? Except for the fact that there’s nothing to do in January but drink. Work is slow, everyone’s back in town, and a glass of wine or three makes you feel warm inside when it’s too cold to go outside. While everyone’s going to Benchmark, head to the 24-hour Starbucks at North and Wells. You can build up an appetite waiting for your friends to get out of the bar at 2 a.m. and then you can meet them at Baccis pizza. So much for getting fit…

Fast-track your career: Maybe you’re in a dead-end job, or not where you expected to be in 2012, or maybe you have no job at all. Head to Lincoln Park’s newest workspace/coffee shop, Topics. Re-boot with some java, come up with a game plan, and then sign up for their Job Happiness class, which kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 11.

What’s your resolution for 2012? Let me know on Twitter @natcammarata.

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