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Keeping up with the Holidays

 

Only 8-10 percent of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions. That’s because when it comes to health goals, particularly all-or-nothing goals, too many people leave very little wiggle room. Their unrealistic expectations are doomed to failure. Needless to say, I’m not a fan of resolutions to kick off the New Year. So, you’re on the road and here at the Sundance Film Festival. Maybe exercise isn’t the first thing on your mind, but if you’re one of the 10% of people still sticking to your New Year’s resolution to lose weight or just stay healthy and fit, I’ve got 5 tips to help you survive the 10 days of festivities and meetings.

1. Exercise first thing in the morning. No matter what you do, whether it’s walking, jogging or lifting weights, do it first to get your metabolism charged up and burning calories throughout the day.

2. Eat breakfast. Skipping breakfast sets you up to overeat later in the day. A bowl of oatmeal, eggs, berries and yogurt are great choices. Even if you’re not a breakfast eater, start the day with a cup of coffee or some yogurt.

3. Carry flavored water with you if possible. One of my secret weapons in the battle to keep my weight in check is to drink flavored water before a big meal. That way I’m not tempted to binge on excess calories.

4. Weigh yourself every other day. Checking your weight occasionally helps keep those extra 2-3 pounds from sneaking up on you.

5. Treat yourself. Now and then it’s okay to treat yourself. After all, life is short, so no need to beat yourself up over your diet. In fact, in my experience, the occasional dessert helps me actually maintain a constant weight.

By Chris WIllardsen

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