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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Almost 2009!

I've always felt New Year's Resolutions are unsuccessful attempts to rid ourselves of our vices…losing weight is always at the top of most people's lists. This is the time of year when everyone is at the gym and on a diet…until the Easter Bunny emerges with candy and a few extra pounds in his basket.

The problem with "I'm going to as cut as Michael Phelps/Kelly Ripa by July" is that there isn't a plan of action. You're better off starting out with "I'm going to drink two fewer Starbucks lattes and just have regular coffee" or "I'm going to eat out only three times a week".
To be successful with a weight loss resolution is to make it something that is actually something you can fit into your lifestyle.

Sure, you can forgo bread for a few weeks, maybe a month, avoid anything with fat. However, you're going to raid the office vending machine with the ferocity of a hunter on the first day of doe season in search for peanut M&M's.

Adapting a healthy lifestyle takes time.

Here are a few tips to eat less:

§ Keep a food journal- You're more likely to think about whether you're really hungry or bored.
§ Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables.
§ Choose a variety of groups at meals - think about a protein, starch, vegetable and fruit.

Remember life is an endurance sport. It’s not a race to the finish line.