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your look ● fitness A New Year’s Revolution Try and Try Again: Thirty-five percent of us who make New Year's resolutions break them by the end of January. Don’t let it get you down. Start over. Patience makes perfect when it comes to losing weight, so make your resolutions realistic and set your weight loss goals accordingly O ops! We did it again. We pigged out over the holidays, eating and drinking like there was no tomorrow, but tomorrow is here, and we’re left staring at a tubby tummy and a little extra junk in our trunk. And if you’re anything like us, you’ve made a resolution to lose X number of pounds— again—only to break it less than one month into the new near. It’s a vicious cycle and it’s time to get off the fat carousel of broken promises. Keep your chins up, the year is young, and while you may have derailed your new year’s resolution earlier, it’s not too late to get back on track and attack your goals with a solid strategy. Follow these 5 sim- ple fitness tips and turn your new year’s resolution into a lifestyle revolution. schedule for your workouts and plan what exercises you will do, for how long, and when. A host of archived articles, fea- turing just about every exercise you can think of, await you at Adopt any of these fitness rou- tines to your workout plan. Soon, exercising will become a routine part of your new way of life. Your daily goals should be consistently sticking to your routine. The pounds you shed will no longer be your main objective; instead, they will become rewards that keep you motivated to continue your healthy habits. 1 IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN, YOU PLAN TO FAIL 2 CONSUME LESS CALORIES While many, many people are motivated to use this landmark time to get healthier or lose weight, they often set lofty goals that are difficult to achieve. Most people want to see a significant weight loss within a month or hope to change eating habits within a couple of weeks. Unfortu- nately, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a lot more compli- cated than that. Instead of aiming for a magic number of pounds you want to lose or trying to beat a personal bench mark of miles you can run when exercising, concentrate on develop- ing a healthy lifestyle and creating habits and routines you can consistently adhere to. Create a weekly menu and plan what you eat, how many calories you consume, how often, and when. If you focus your attention on sticking to your food plan and make healthy eating a way of life, as opposed to a means-to-an-end, you are more likely to adopt this healthy habit permanently. Likewise for exercise. Create a It’s been said a thousand times, but it bears repeating: Diets don’t work. Diets are a temporary solution to a life- long problem. Oftentimes when people reach their weight- loss goal, they are satisfied by their accomplishment and abandon their diet. Usually, the first thing they end up eat- ing is the foods they felt most deprived of, so you return to your old habits and gain the weight back, and then you go on another diet, beginning the cycle again. The bottom line: Diets don’t teach you to change your eating habits per- manently. Creating a weekly menu will grant you the op- portunity to think about what you will put into your body and how you can cut your caloric intake. Carefully consider this basic guideline when designing your weekly menu: Drink More Water: The more water you drink, the less hungry you’ll feel. Drinking one glass of water right before each meal has been scientifically proven to help you eat less 114 PAGEANTRY