Make 2012 YOUR Year!

It’s that time of year again…

YearThe time of year when we reflect back on the last year, and decide what kinds of positive changes we want to make in our lives in the New Year. With more than 64 percent of all Americans falling into the “overweight” category, it’s no wonder that many of us put “lose weight” on the top of our resolution list. If you’ve attempted to lose weight before, you know that losing weight can be really hard! Losing weight takes lots of willpower, not to mention time and effort. Some people attempt to lose weight time and time again, only to fail each time. If you fail often enough, it’s easy to say that “you just can’t do it.”

Well, nothing could be further from the truth.

Anyone-yes, anyone-can lose weight with the right plan. Follow our tips below and you’ll be enjoying a new, svelte figure in no time!

Record what you eat.

How often have you said something like, “I don’t know why I gain weight. I hardly eat anything at all!” Chances are, you eat more than you think you do. That handful of yogurt-covered almonds? The large soda? It’s easy to forget you consumed high-calorie snacks and drinks, but these things really add up. For the next couple of weeks, write down every single thing you put in your mouth. This will make you more mindful of what you eat.

Revamp your menu.

After one week of writing down what you eat, assess your diet. Cut out all of the high-calorie, high-fat processed foods, and fill your menu with colorful fruits and veggies, lean protein, and whole grains instead.

Commit to an exercise plan.

Get at least 30 minutes per day, and work up to more as you become more fit. In addition to getting some aerobic exercise, don’t forget to add some weight-bearing exercise as well. Choose exercise you enjoy so you’ll be less likely to skip it, and try enlisting a friend to be your exercise buddy.

Be accountable to others.

Tell people what your goals are. When you tell others what you are trying to accomplish, it makes you accountable to them. You won’t mind letting yourself down, but it’s lots harder to let down family and friends.

Keep your regular massage appointments.

Remember to come in and see us as scheduled. We can help to ensure that your muscles aren’t too tight, which will help you to enjoy your new exercise regimen with the fewest injuries and minimum pain. We can also help to make sure you are on the right track with your diet, and can answer any concerns that you might have.

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