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12/31/09 9:43 A

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Thursday, December 31, 2009:

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

Last Day of 2009! Happy New Year's Eve!
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12/30/09 9:32 A

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009:

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.

I sure do miss the sunshine! Anyone have any they want to share??

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12/29/09 10:14 A

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009:

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!

How about shoveling the driveway & steps?? Oh, wait! Did I enjoy that??


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12/28/09 9:55 A

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Monday, December 28, 2009:

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.


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12/27/09 9:32 A

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Okay Now! Christmas is over and the company is gone...so here's your updated tip list! Hope your Christmas was Merry and that you are looking forward to 2010!

Sunday, December 27, 2009:

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.



Saturday, December 26, 2009:

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.



Friday, December 25, 2009:

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



Thursday, December 24, 2009:

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.


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12/23/09 2:08 P

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Thank YOU for posting!

Have a wonderful holiday!

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12/23/09 12:49 P

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Man! I'm so far behind!! Hope everyone is enjoying this special time of the year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009:

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


Tuesday, December 22, 2009:

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.


Monday, December 21,2009:

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.


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12/20/09 11:19 A

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Sunday, December 20, 2009:

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.


uh.....if you let me know when & where...I'll try to come and cheer you on if it's fairly warm and no snow on the ground!


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12/19/09 10:56 A

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Saturday, December 19, 2009:

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


Friday, December 18, 2009:

Start a new tradiiton. 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.


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12/17/09 3:45 P

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Thursday, December 17, 2009:

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.


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12/16/09 9:08 A

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009:

Stay postitive. 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.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009:

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.


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12/14/09 5:02 P

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Monday, December 14, 2009:

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


Sunday, December 13, 2009:

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.



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12/14/09 4:10 P

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This is the December Sparkpeople Calendar Tips! I've just passing them along....slowly but surely! Glad you enjoy them.

Saturday, December 12, 2009:

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!

Friday, December 11, 2009:

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.

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12/14/09 11:45 A

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These are great, thanks

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."


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12/11/09 9:18 A

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Thursday, December 10 2009:

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).


Wednesday, December 9, 2009:

Think before you bite. Before you try every irresistible 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?


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12/8/09 1:44 P

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009:

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!

I've always been a list maker and can't function without one. Just this morning, had a bunch of work related errands to run. Made my list and crossed everything off before getting to the office! YAY!


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12/7/09 2:51 P

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Monday, December 7, 2009:

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

Sunday, December 6, 2009:

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.


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12/7/09 8:58 A

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Saturday, December 5, 2009:

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.



Friday, December 4, 2009:

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 someoneís honor.


Edited by: BELTONWALKER67 at: 12/7/2009 (09:04)
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12/3/09 8:41 A

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Thursday, December 3, 2009:

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.

Our parties start tonight, with the Bunco Christmas Party. I'm taking Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad. Maybe it will help me to think healthy while filling my plate!


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12/2/09 8:59 A

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009:

Stay active. Donít 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.

I'm still wearing my trusty pedometer and shoot for 10,000 steps per day. Somedays I go over..somedays I go under. But it makes me feel like I'm

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12/1/09 9:31 A

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I posted these tips for another team of mine last month. There are some great ones out there! Keep 'em coming as a reminder to me!!

Happy December!!

Kim

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Love All Dogs, but partial to Cocker Spaniels...! Spaniel Lovers Team
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12/1/09 9:12 A

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Gathering with close friends and family members during the holidays creates lasting joy and memories. But with so many parties, celebrations and errands to run, it can be hard to keep up with your healthy lifestyle! Here are 31 daily tips that will help you make healthy choices throughout the holiday season.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009:

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.

Tip: If you are eating out..most restaurants have their menu on line. Check it out ahead of time so you will have your order ready when you arrive!


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