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Are New Years Resolutions really necessary?!

New Year – New You, right? That’s what everyone seems to think, at least.

I would love to say that “YES, this is the year of change! I will lose 25 pounds and learn how to play the keyboard better than Ross in Friends!” but let’s be honest, who has time to do all of that?! Let alone, will you actually stick with it?

I find that each year that I make a resolution, it’s not for me. It’s for me to look better in the eyes of others. Think about it … when was the last time you wanted to lose weight to have a healthier, longer life? Instead, it’s about losing weight to be seen in a bikini in front of OTHERS. How messed up is that? You are supposedly making a resolution for YOURSELF,  yet you think about how your change will look to others?

Now- if you were making a resolution to aid a benefit program, like St. Jude’s for instance, then yes- your change does affect others. It is a good thing…. and trust me, so is losing weight— for the right reasons. (We donate to St. Jude’s every month- we completely believe in their service and hope you do too. Please learn more about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org )

But- if you are like most women out there, weight loss is definitely on your mind for the New Year. Here are some ideas on the resolutions that you should be making in order to be a healthier, happier YOU.

  1. Eat more GREENS: Research has proven that adding more veggies to your diet works wonders! You get your digestive track moving and flowing better and you are getting tons of fiber. Fiber makes you lose. Don’t believe me…. Google it.
  2. Go to bed: I recently read an article in Prevention Magazine stating that people who average getting 8-9 hours of sleep a night for 5 days avoided gaining an average of 2 pounds. Sleep- so easy! No put down the laptop and get to bed! — well, after you read the rest of this article that is! 🙂
  3. Drink more Water: SERIOUSLY. If  I have learned anything over the years of losing the weight and toning for cheerleading- this would be it. I found that drinking one glass of water before each meal made me consume less. It’s a filler and it helps your body maintain that glow. To read more on the benefits of water, click HERE —  thank you Web MD for showing me something that doesn’t make me  jump to the worst conclusion!
  4. You better Work Betch: Yes , I know. Who honestly wants to get in 30 minutes of cardio a day?! You are home from work and exhausted. We have all been there. So change your routine! Do it in the morning- or on your lunch break! It doesn’t need to be anything crazy. Walk! Just get moving! And when you absolutely, positively cannot fit this in- jump rope for 5 minutes! This boosts your heart rate and helps get your body moving for that day! Any time you start your day with a workout has positive benefits- I promise!

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Four easy things to try to a new, HEALTHIER you. That’s the resolution you should be making.  Let’s do this ladies! Changing your perspective on losing weight makes all of the difference. Instead of looking at the scale to see if the numbers go down, focus on a healthier lifestyle. I promise, the healthier and more proactive you are, the looser those jeans will fit next week.

Happy New Year Dolls!

Listening to: Beyonce- XO

Photo Credits: Weight Watchers Scale at walmart.com

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