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New Year’s resolutions

December 2, 2007

Good day to all! 🙂

With the new year quickly approaching, I know a few of you are probably pondering what your New Year’s resolutions will be. If you are like the majority of the population, one of those resolutions will probably include a fitness/weight loss goal. And this goal/resolution will probably be broken within the first 3-4 weeks of setting it.

Why do we do this? This cycle of setting goals and breaking them, or half-heartedly pursuing that which you so desire and wish for. I understand how tough pursuing certain dreams and goals may be, and sometimes it takes a few rounds of failure before we finally see the light.

However, there is ONE thing that you CAN accomplish and adhere to. There is ONE resolution that you CAN achieve this year, and that is the improvement of your current fitness level/weight/health. This, my friends, is in your hands.

So, why do we continue to sabotage our bodies and fail?

If a healthy body is important to you (and if you are reading this, it probably IS), why wait another day? The years pass quickly folks-and to spend year after year in a body that you are not happy with is not fully living at all.

Do not wait until it is too late or until a more (God forbid) serious ailment creeps into your body and gives you the final wake-up call. We see it every day-diabetes, cancers, heart conditions, muscle/joint pain-yes, some of these conditions do find their way in perfectly healthy individuals, but most of the time, we see them in individuals who abuse their bodies and who have done so for many years. Disease does not happen overnight.

DO NOT WAIT!!! Live the life you’ve always dreamed. DO what it takes. If that means spending an extra 30 minutes a day preparing food, then get off the couch, stop watching TV, and DO IT! Get in the extra cardio and weight workouts. STOP overeating, stop telling yourself that an extra bite will not hurt, stop telling yourself that life is too short to NOT indulge.

Because actually, life is LONG, and if you don’t treat your body with the respect and gratitude it deserves and demands, it will not be able to keep up. Life is too long to be unhappy with yourself.

Are you going to be another statistic or are you finally going to adhere to your New Year’s resolutions?

Okay, okay. I know what you may be thinking. What if you are already doing all the right things (or so you think), but things aren’t changing. You are still not happy. My advice to you is to truly dissect your life.

Is everything is balance? Are you consistent with exercise and truly being honest with yourself about your food intake? Have you researched (or asked me!!!) what a TRUE portion size looks like? (if you eat out, you ARE NOT getting true portion sizes!!!), have you considered getting a nutritional consultation to see if there are things you can add or tweak to your current diet plan? (give me a few years, I’m working on this one 😉 Are you working yourself hard enough? Are you sleeping enough? Are you finding ways to lower your stress levels? Are you taking time for yourself and not rushed 24/7? Are you reading about what other people did? Are you researching your current life situation (i.e. menopause!) Are you taking care of emotional/psychological issues?

If you truly want to achieve a healthy body and mind, then all these factors (and more) must come into effect. In today’s world, it is difficult, but NOT IMPOSSIBLE. It can be done.

I only wish the BEST for all of you in 2008. Seeing you healthy and thriving is my joy. I hope with each passing year, the awareness of our nation’s people continues to grow and we stop this obesity epidemic once and for all.

I hope to see each and every McDonald’s restaurant destroyed!!! Ha. That is my dream, actually. Wishful thinking, but NOT impossible!! 🙂

Please talk to me about any goals that you have in mind for 08, and we will discuss a plan of action. However, remember that the end result is ultimately up to YOU.

Be well! All the Best.

Love,
Jeannette

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  1. Jeannette permalink
    December 6, 2007 7:12 am

    This is from Debbie Wells:

    Holiday Eating Tips
    1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet
    > table knows nothing of the Holiday spirit. In fact, if you see carrots,
    > leave immediately. Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.
    >
    > 2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt
    > scotch, it’s rare. In fact, it’s even rarer than single-malt scotch. You
    > can’t find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that
    > it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn
    > into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it. Have one
    > for me. Have two. It’s later than you think. 2007 is almost over!
    >
    > 3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of
    > gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your
    > mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
    >
    > 4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or
    > whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car
    > with an automatic transmission.
    >
    > 5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control
    > your eating. The whole point of going to a Holiday Party is to eat other
    > people’s food for free. Lot ‘s of it. Hello?
    >
    > 6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New
    > Year’s. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do.
    >> This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the
    > buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of
    > eggnog.
    >
    > 7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like
    > frosted holiday cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself
    > near them and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the
    > center of attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave
    > them behind, you’re never going to see them again.
    >
    > 8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mince meat. Have a slice of each.
    > Or, if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin.
    > Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert?
    > …..Labor Day?

    > 9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the
    > mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost.
    > I mean, have some standards.
    >
    > 10. One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party
    > or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention.
    > Reread tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.
    >
    > Remember this motto to live by:
    >
    > “Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention
    > of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body,
    > but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand,
    > martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out
    > and screaming “WOO HOO what a ride!”
    > Have an amazing holiday season!

    My response to Debbie-

    “You think this is funny, eh? Wait until Sunday. I’ll show you funny”. Start getting nervous. 😉

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