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It’s the New Year! Time for new beginnings and starting with a clean slate. For me, it’s time to get serious about losing those extra 40 lbs that have crept on the past 4 years. I’ve had success in the past knocking off the extra lbs and getting back into shape so I know I can do it again. Here’s what I plan on doing. Please note that I’m not a Dr., dietitian, nutritionist, etc. I just a single gal in her 40’s who loves to talk about health and fitness!
- Pick a mantra I have more than one mantra. When it comes to losing weight, my mantra is – I crave exercise and foods that will help me lose weight.
For a general mantra I usually say, good things are going to happen to me today and low and behold, every day usually holds a unique blessing.
- Track, track, track! Tracking calories and exercise has been an effective way for me to lose weight and keep it in shape. I find the times I stop tracking are the times I gain weight. I use myfitnesspal.com. It’s an effective tool and it also allows me to connect with friends to help motivate each other.I’m also a big fan of checklists. Here’s an example of mine. I create one page for each week. It provides me with a nice check list of activities so I can make sure I stay on target. My favorite part of the calendar is the use of stickers!! I give myself a sticker for each task completed.
Here are the goals I track:
- 10,000 steps a day This is sometimes hard on days I work from home. On my work at home days, I usually walk to the El and back to mimic my normal commute.
- DANCE! I LOVE to dance, it gets my heart pumping and the right songs just get me in a happy mood! My two favorite morning songs to dance to are:
- 45 minutes of cardio (3x a week)
- 1,300 calories a day This one was really hard at me for first, but once I started tracking what I was eating, I realized how many empty calories I was eating. Lots of heavy breads and sugary treats. Once I started eating more salads and protein, it was much easier to stay within the 13,000 a day calorie range. I still eat carbs and even pizza sometimes, just much less of it.
- Eat fruits and veggies! Eating fruits and veggies helps to fill me up and keep me going.
- Keep healthy snacks on hand For me, having healthy snacks on hand and cut up make it much easier not to grab unhealthy alternatives. It takes very little effort to grab a candy bar, but often, more time to cut up veggies or prepare a salad, so I pre-cut veggies so they are easy to grab on the go. One of my favorite snacks is Justin’s almond butter single serve packs and celery. I can throw both in my bag when I’m on the go so I have something to eat instead of opting for a fast food option.
- Take Ester-C to make sure my immune system remains supported
Keeping my immune system working at its best all the time is important to help me keep on target with my goals. Ester-C® is a unique, exclusive form of Vitamin C designed to stay in your white blood cells for 24-hours, providing around-the-clock immune system support. It’s also stomach friendly for people who have problems taking regular vitamin C formulas.
It is made using a proprietary, water-based manufacturing process that results in a pH neutral product containing naturally occurring vitamin C metabolites*. I found the Ester-C in the Vitamin & Nutrition isle of a neighborhood Walmart Market.
Well there you have it! I’ve created a blank tracking form so you can keep track of your goals for the New Year!
I’d love to hear what they are and the steps you plan on taking to accomplish them below.