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BKP4166
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It's foolish to ask God to direct your steps, if you aren't willing to move your feet.


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January, 31 Days to Unbreakable Resolutions

Day 1:

Happy New Year! If you haven't yet settled on your top goals for the year, do so today. Writing down your goals (in specific terms) means you're more likely to achieve them.

Day 2:

Are your goals specific and positive? Rather than vowing "to exercise" for example, reword each goal so that it is clear and measureable: I will walk 30 minutes every day. I will complete a 5K race. I will do a yoga DVD twice a week.

Day 3:

Post your written goals in places where you'll see them often--on your computer or fridge, in a picture frame on your desk, as a bookmark, and in your wallet. These reminders will help you stay focused and on track.

Day 4:

Develop an action plan for every goal. For example, a healthy eating resolution may involve learning more about good nutrition, visiting a dietician, finding ways to adapt your recipes, buying containers to pack lunches, learning how to prepare new foods, and planning extra time for shopping and cooking. Don't overwhelm yourself with every action step at once, but focus on a few things each day.

Day 5:

Make a realistic timeline to stay on track. Deadlines turn wishes into goals. Give yourself adequate time to complete each action step and choose a date when you hope to reach your overall goal. If you haven't started working on your goals yet, today is the day!

Day 6:

Share your goals with family and friends for invaluable support and assistance. Confiding in them is a powerful motivator for helping you remain consistent and persistent. Some may be willing to modify their own lives to help you giving up soda or watching the kids while you hit the gym, for example.

Day 7:

Enlist a diverse support system instead of just one buddy. These people should be encouraging or knowledgeable in helpful ways, whether swapping healthy recipes, exercising with enthusiasm, or sharing weight loss tips.

Day 8:

Start a journal. This can be a simple notebook or a computer document. Use it to track your progress, record your successes and learn from your mistakes. When you have a bad day, use it to remember why you chose these goals and how far you've come.

Day 9:

Create a motivational collage. Find inspiring pictures, encouraging words and quotes, or anything that reminds you of your goal. Glue it all together and place it where you can see it daily. This is your vision, a clear motivating, and energizing reminder of who you want to be.

Day 10:

Don't expect perfection. You will mess up, make mistakes, and forget along the way. The key is persistence and a willingness to learn from your mistakes. Focus on what you have done right instead of dwelling on the negative.

Day 11:

Practice saying, thinking and writing positive things about yourself. Acknowledge and take credit for the things you've done well, and recognize your abilities and talents. Keep a list to add to, think about, and read to yourself daily.

Day 12:

Develop a plan B. Work, travel, or kids will disrupt your routine, so create alternatives. Walk during lunch, choose healthy fast foods, or wake up early. Doing something is always better than doing nothing.

Day 13:

Take advantage of technology. Sign up for motivational emails or text messages, set reminders on your computer, or have a friend call and check in on you. These little things will keep you focused no matter where you are.

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


ORARMYMOM
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Sorry I haven't posted the Jan. calendar yet. This is the first time I have been on this year. I will be checking in on Sundays so will post one week at a time.

Nina

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


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Thanks Nina!
I was trying to figure out where to find this information to keep everything moving ahead...only to find that you took care of it.
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Kathy from Oregon

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It's foolish to ask God to direct your steps, if you aren't willing to move your feet.


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Day 24:

Downsize. You don't have to stay to the end of every party or attend every gathering. Look at your list of events and obligations and see where you can cut back on time, energy, and money.

Day 25: Merry Christmas

Make healthy substitutions. Try applesauce in place of oil, two egg whites instead of one egg, and skim milk in place of regular milk when baking. Look for ways to cut sugar and use whole grains too.

Day 26:

Rest up. Don't skimp on sleep during the holidays--you'll only feel stressed out and run down. Plan your days so you can check off your to-do list and still make it to bed for 8 hours of shut eye.

Day 27:

Drink water. Holiday beverages, from eggnog to champagne abound! But they also add empty calories to your diet. Stay hydrated by drinking water all day. At the party, alternate water with other beverages.

Day 28:

De-stress. You'll enjoy the holidays more if you're calm and relaxed. Make stress relief a priority by journaling, meditating and exercising regularly. When things get hectic, take a step back and refocus on what matters most.

Day 29:

Embrace the season. Instead of avoiding the cold and the snow, try a winter sport like ice skating, snowboarding, hockey, snow shoeing or sledding. Enjoy these opportunities while they last.

Day 30:

Get some sun. It will help improve your mood and energy levels throughout the stressful season. Open your shades during the day, sit near windows when indoors, and spend some time outside each day.

Day 31:

Set realistic goals. No one can expect to change a lifetime's worth of habits overnight. Select a few reasonable resolutions, and create an action plan to achieve them. Happy New Year!

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


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I am going to post the rest of December here so you can read them all. Will start again in Jan.

Day 16:

Stay positive. Everyone makes mistakes, so there will be times when even the most disciplined person overeats or skips a workout. Don't worry--just get back on track. Staying positive is half the battle.

Day 17:

Just say no. Just because everyone is eating does not mean that you have to. Choosing smaller portions shouldn't offend a host, but sometimes it may be necessary to decline.

Day 18:

Start a new tradition. Focus on fun activities, not food. Take a walk to see the neighborhood decorations, sing some holiday carols, see a play or volunteer to help those in need.

Day 19:

Tiny-size it. Cut calories by cutting portion sizes. Cut pies into 10 slices (not 6-8). Cut brownies and cakes into bite-sized pieces, and bake smaller cookies and mini-muffins.

Day 20:

Join a holiday race. Most cities offer running and walking events on and around holidays. They not only raise money for charity, but also keep you active on a day otherwise filled with overindulgence.

Day 21:

Don't skip meals. If you eat healthy foods at regular intervals throughout the day, you're much less likely to overeat at a party.

Day 22:

Give back. Too often we focus on ourselves, but the holidays provide ample opportunities to give back. Whether you donate your money or your time, don't forget about those in need.

Day 23:

Use a smaller plate. Make just one trip to the food table, and fill only a salad-sized plate with your favorites. This helps keep portions under control.

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


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Day 15:

Bring a healthy dish. When attending a party, cook a healthy low-cal dish to share. This way, you'll have at least one healthy option when you're there.

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


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Day 14:

Sweat more. Some research shows that adding just 10 more minutes of intense exercise to your usual workout can stave off holiday weight gain.

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


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Day 13:

Shop when full. Shopping on an empty stomach can lead to overeating on the unhealthy food court fare. Also stash some emergency healthy snacks in your car or purse. Try nuts, whole grain crackers, and dried fruit.

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


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Day 12:

Wash your hands. The holiday season coincides with cold and flu season. Keep germs at bay by washing your hands well after shopping, visiting and more. No one wants sickness to interfere with their fun!

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


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Day 11:

Enjoy a pre-party snack. If you arrive famished, you're more likely to devour too much of the wrong things. Try a combination of fiber, protein and healthy fats for more filling power.

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


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Day 10:

Walk more. Keep a brisk walking pace while you do your holiday shopping. Instead of wasting time looking for a closer parking spot, take a far-away one to increase your activity (and save time).

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


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Day 9:

Think before you bite. Before you try every irrestible food that crosses your path, think first. How will you feel after you eat them? Is the taste really worth it? Could you enjoy just a small amount instead?

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


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Day 8:

Stay organized. Keep a running list of errands, groceries, and gifts, and make a plan to finish as many things in as few trips as possible. You'll save time, gas and your own sanity!

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


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Day 7:

Budget wisely. Watch your food intake during the day if you're going to a party that night. Make healthy, filling choices beforehand, budgeting a few more calories to account for the party fare.

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


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Day 6:

Focus on people. Too often, food takes center stage of our holiday gatherings. Instead, focus on your loved ones, activities, and other traditions that make the holidays meaningful.

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


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Day 5:

Try healthier recipes. When treats are in the house, more of the dessert usually ends up in your belly than in your guests. So keep some low fat, low-calorie recipes and foods on hand.

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


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Day 4:

Simplify gifts. Your loved ones probably feel just as overwhelmed about gifts as you do. Instead of buying for everyone, draw names from a hat or give to a charity in someone's honor.

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


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Day 3:

Splurge wisely. The holidays only come once a year, but the parties, events, and gifts of food never seem to end! Decide which ones are really worth splurging for, and leave the other foods on the table.

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


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Time for getting healthier for new beginnings to a new year.

It's Only Temporary

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'It's only Temporary'

Water is very important for us. We may, and I do, require more than the 8 glasses a day. The link goes to a water calculator I use to see what I need for my current weight. Mt requirement has dropped 9 ounces due to weight loss. Yipee!
fitnessgear101.com/fitness-calculato
rs/water-requirement-caculators.aspx


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Day 2:

Stay active. Don't mistake being "busy" for being "active." You still need to exercise at least 30 minutes each day. Break it up into a few smaller sessions throughout the day if you're pressed for time.

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


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31 Days to Healthier Holidays, December:

Day 1:

Take inventory. Identify all the situations (office parties, mall food courts, family gatherings) that make it difficult for you to eat healthy during the holiday season. Make a plan for staying on track in every situation.

May God abide in all of us and help us in our weight loss goals.

God bless our military personnel and bring them safely home to us.

May the sun be ever at your back and may God keep you uplifted.


 
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