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Doing it for YOU

Do this for YOU! How do YOU want to feel, how do you want to look? Push yourself to your level of comfort and push harder when it feels too easy. Start slow and work your way up.
Set daily goals of 10 minutes of exercise and work up from there. 10 minutes can be done with kids, walk your pe...

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Give back

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

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Focus on People.

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

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Just Say No

If you're already overworked and over scheduled, don't take on more tasks in order to please others. You have to remember to please yourself, too.

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Be Patient

Even though you want to reach your goals with the speed of light, changing your habits takes time. If you expect overnight success, you're setting yourself up for disappointment

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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.

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Be Optimistic

A positive outlook is associated with better health, a longer life, and greater joy. When you look to the bright side and believe people are good, you directly increase your own happiness.

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Allow periodic splurges

Forbidding goodies entirely is almost guaranteed to send you straight to the vending machines at work. The occasional treat is OK, as long as you're eating healthy most of the time.

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Keep things in perspective

Most setbacks are easier to handle when you avoid making mountains our of molehills. Don't let a missed workout or extra cookie throw you off track. Pick yourself up and keep going!

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It's National Peanut butter Month

It's National Peanut Butter Lovers Month. Peanut butter may be high in fat, but it's the HEART-HEALTHY kinbd. Make sure you choose a "natural" peanut butter that doesn't contain added oil on the ingredients list, or make your own from scratch!

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