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(credit: Joy Bitonio)
The new year offers a brand new opportunity to make your actions speak louder than words. Do you dare to do things differently and become a better person than you were twelve months ago? We’ve found some of the top local experts for some of the most popular (and most difficult) resolutions that will happily lend an assist. Now what are you waiting for? Ready, set, go!
Get In Shape
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Barry’s Bootcamp
1106 N La Cienega Blvd #104
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-6262

What better way to start off your new year’s resolution than to finally get in shape? Ever wonder how the celebs train to get award-show and camera-ready? Training for a great fit body requires hard work and Barry’s Bootcamp is the right place. Enter Barry’s Bootcamp, the famous fitness boot camp studio that differs from typical gyms with a fun, “night-club” party atmosphere, and a no-nonsense method of delivering results. Celebrities and regular clientele alike have been flocking here in search of what Barry’s Bootcamp calls, “The Best Workout in The World.” So, this year, try something different. Try this fun workout option and see some results!

Quit Smoking
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(credit: Endless Vapors)

Endless Vapors LA
11390 Ventura Blvd, Ste 8
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 217-0724

According to the American Lung Association, cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease and death worldwide. Kicking the habit is an uphill battle, but a new road has been paved on the journey to being smoke-free, and it’s one that may finally lead you down the path of success.
A vaporizer is an easy way to crawl before you walk. Vaporizers are devices that allow you to receive varying levels of nicotine (from 0mg-36mg) and it allows you to start at a level equal to the amount of your regular cigarette habit and gradually taper down to zero. Not only does it eliminate the added chemicals and offensive odor found in traditional cigarettes, it mimics the oral fixation of smoking that methods like cold turkey or nicotine gum fail to satisfy.
Endless Vapors LA offers personal vaporizers, e-cigarettes, e-juice and accessories. It is locally owned/operated by a seasoned Certified Respiratory Therapist whose professional knowledge of the devastating effects of traditional cigarette smoking (and his own struggles to quit) inspired the opening of this shop to help others discover a better way.

Stress Less
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(credit: Chakra Integration)

Chakra Integration
63 Swarthmore Ave
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 499-6960

Where our mind goes, our body follows. It should come as no surprise that how you’re feeling inside will reveal itself on the outside. Chakra Integration offers a holistic approach to releasing physical and emotional pain and tension. Programs include massage therapy, energy healing, life coaching and homework to help achieve your goals. Sessions are tailored to bring peace, balance and total well being to each individual. In order to assure individual attention and program success, a limited number of clients are taken on at a time. Call to inquire on availability; sessions are by appointment only.

Eat Healthier
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(credit: Studio City Farmers Market)

Studio City Farmers Market
Ventura Place (Between Laurel Canyon Blvd & Ventura Blvd)
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 655-7744

A trip to your standard chain supermarket is more than meets the eye. Aisles of packaged and processed foods filled with additives and stripped of nutrients line the shelves. If you think you’re eating well because you’re buying mostly produce, think again. Most of it comes from halfway around the world and is in transit for days to weeks before being delivered to the store, losing vital nutrients with each day that passes after being picked.
On the contrary, choosing to shop at your neighborhood Farmer’s Market gives you access to whole, locally grown food direct from local farms. They offer seasonal crops harvested at optimum freshness (usually within 24 hours before you purchase it). This is produce at its best, especially when you choose organic, ensuring no GMO or chemicals, like those commonly found in conventional food. Since you’re buying local, food transit is minimal and therefore it creates less impact on the environment.
The Studio City Farmers Market is a favorite spot for chefs and food lovers alike. It’s held every Sunday from 8am – 2pm, providing access to locally grown produce and artisan foods. You can find everything you need to fill your kitchen with clean, great tasting, and nutritionally dense foods. Offerings range from seasonal produce to organically raised chicken, artisan breads, homemade Kombucha

Get Financially Fit
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(credit: Gerber Kawasaki)

Gerber Kawasaki Wealth & Investment Management
2716 Ocean Park Blvd, Ste 2020
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 399-6397

As Winston Churchill says, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” In the areas of finance, this is no exception. No matter what stage of life or income, working towards financial security puts your hard earned money to work for you instead of against you.
Gerber Kawasaki is a respected wealth and investment management firm that can provide you with the professional guidance you need to create a plan that works. They offer 2 financial planning programs to suit different clients. The Wealth Building Plan teaches Generation X and Y clients about the options of saving and investing. From there, a personal plan is built to help achieve life goals. On the other hand, the Wealth Management Plan caters to established families and individuals looking for portfolio management services, family insurance protection and retirement/estate planning.

Joy Bitonio has the phrase “Joie de Vivre” tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. Check out her other articles on CBS L.A. She also covers fitness on Examiner. Follow her on Twitter.