Heart Smart MinuteThe biggest resolution is always to lose weight and get healthy as the New Year approaches. By January, everyone is ready to start the New Year with the greatest intentions that this year will be different, this is finally the year you will lose the extra weight, stop eating junk and get happy and healthy. By February, 95% of weight related resolutions will fail and you’ll be right back to where you are now.

Make this year the time when you DON’T make a resolution to LOSE WEIGHT, make it a time for GAINING LIFE.  What’s the difference? Weight loss will come and go, diets are easy to fight through for 6 weeks, until you crash and burn and find yourself looking for the next “easy” fix. Make your goal to GAIN LIFE–how do you want to feel about yourself? The strength in your body is much more important than the jean size.  Food is fuel, only put the best quality in your body.

Here are some HEART SMART MINUTE tips to GAIN LIFE in 2013

DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST: Keep your metabolism burning all day long by eating a healthy, lean breakfast. Go for an egg white omelet and skip the cheese!

MOVE YOUR BODY: I say this over and over again, if you aren’t moving your body at least 20 minutes a day, you will never see the benefits of exercise. Do something you like, walk your dog, rollerblade, snow shoe, whatever makes you happy do it for at least 20 minutes every day.

SERVING SIZE: The average American eats for three. That means your serving size is three times what it needs to be. Most people grossly underestimate their daily calories. Read nutrition labels and learn to measure out serving sizes of meat, rice, pasta, or cereals. Free pour items and very easy to overeat!

WEIGH IN: If you are looking to lose a few pounds, that’s great but only weigh yourself once a week. Water weight varies from day to day making it an emotional roller coaster for daily weigh-ins. Once a week allows you to catch yourself quickly enough if you see the scale moving in the wrong direction.

ENJOY LIFE: Give yourself one day a week to eat and do whatever you want. It’s all about realistic fitness and nutrition. Everyone needs a pizza night so enjoy yourself and get right back on your Heart Smart Minute program the next day.

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