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It’s still early in the year 2014 and many people started the year with that tried and true resolution of losing weight.  Already it’s the 24th day of your journey and a few of the pounds have come off.  Hooray for you.  However, if you’re worried that you’re going to crash and burn, just keep the end goal in mind and develop a habit or routine that will better able you to stick to your goal of losing weight.  Trust me, it gets easier along the way and the progress will motivate you.

Of course a healthy and modified diet is always a good start and contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to sacrifice good taste for a better and healthier diet.  If you are a cook, there are tons of cookbooks that will help you to prepare healthy meals that are chockfull of flavor.  In addition, these same recipes provide the nutritional information that you need to set up a pattern or keep a watchful eye on your intake of calories, carbs, sodium, etc.  I don’t cook much, so when I go out to eat, I am mindful to go to restaurants that provide nutritional information.  Perhaps you could do the same. You may be surprised at the  availability of restaurants nutritional info.

Don’t Forget to Incorporate Exercise Into the Mix

How many times have you given charitable donations to the local gym?  That is essentially what you do when you pay for memberships and never go there to workout.  As well intended as you may have been, you just could not muster up the energy to face a rigorous workout.

Well here’s some good news, walking cost you nothing and if you have the physical ability to do so, then taking brisk walks beats no exercise at all.  Whoever said that you need exercise equipment in order to exercise.  Don’t worry if in the beginning you tire easy.  Start with a short distance of say, 1/2 a mile and work your way up slowly.  Before you know it you’ll be walking a mile, then 2 or perhaps even 3 or more miles.

The key ingredient to all of this is the formation of a routine.  Without a routine, it will become easy to get side tracked.  For example, if you decide to walk for exercise, commit to a distance and the number of times per day or week that you’ll walk.  You can even decide on the days of the week that you’ll walk and if you skip a day, just make it up another day in the same week.  Oh and if you are able to download apps to your phone, try Map My Walk to track your distance and time and perhaps use My Fitness Pal to record your food intake.

Eat Better.  Look  Better.  Feel Better.

By the way, I’m not telling you what somebody told me.  I’m telling you what I know.  In 2013, I lost 52 lbs doing nothing but walking at least 1.75 miles at least 3 days per week.

“Every day presents an opportunity to hit The reset button on your life.”  Charita Cadenhead

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