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We have entered the time of year when most resolutions go out the window. The exercise and healthy eating you promised yourself has become too hard, so instead of readjusting the plan, it is just easier to give up. Many of us fall into this trap each year. Don’t make it harder than it has to be. Start small.

The number on the scale is just that, a number. Don’t get caught up in it or get discouraged. Try to limit stepping on the scale to once a week in order to take the stress away. Instead, focus on your eating by implementing more fruits and vegetables, and smaller portions. Notice, I did not say you need to give up your favorite food, just limit the amount if it is not the healthiest.

Next, increase the amount of movement in your life. My husband cannot stand still when he talks on the phone but just think of all the calories he is burning as he paces. Be creative in how you introduce movement into your daily life; take the stairs rather than the elevator, park at the end of the parking lot. My favorite, while waiting for the copier to produce your stack of copies, do some stretches. That will give your co-workers something to talk about at the water cooler.

As long as you are healthy, blood pressure and cholesterol numbers are where they belong, do not stress about the scale. With little changes, that will eventually become a way of life, the numbers will start dropping. Remember, seek approval from yourself rather than others.

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