Step away from the fruitcake
Published: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 3:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 3:49 p.m.
It's been almost a week since New Year's resolutions went in to effect, and it's finally time to put away the fruitcake until next year. That means you can have an excuse to wear big baggy warm-ups and not have to explain to everyone how you ate your way through the holidays.
Whether your goals are to become more organized, keep your house clean, eat better, exercise more (or more likely start exercising), read more, go to church, save money, or anything else on your list, you could go crazy trying to attain too many goals. And as many of us know, that had the wonderful opportunity to experience holiday driving down Newberry Road, we don't need any more crazy people. So let's embrace sanity and set out to make one or two realistic goals for today. Let's not even say 2005, that broad of a time frame allows you to make excuses and not get where you want to go. We can start with the simple goal of getting more active today. We can all benefit from moving more. You may not like to exercise per se, but what about moving more? A terribly easy way to get started is to invest in a pedometer. Consumer Reports tested 12 basic pedometers ranging in price from $15 to $55, they found only 3 to be accurate within 5 percent at 2.5 mph. The average price for their recommended pedometers is $20. So do a little research before you purchase.
Once you have the pedometer wear it all day. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends walking 10,000 steps per day. The pedometer will keep track of your steps each day. Now set a goal to try to walk more steps than the day before. You need to know that by moving more you are burning more calories and that will assist you in losing weight. Now we've got you moving more, set small attainable goals to increase your steps daily. Keep a journal of how far you go each day. Reward yourself with a "small" treat if you hit your goal for the week and then if you hit your goal for the month. But leave the fruitcake packed away. I'm sure you can find a better treat for all your hard work. The treat doesn't need to be food, how does going to a good movie, buying a new CD, or even getting a wonderful massage, sound? So, keep moving, set small goals, and be kind and reward yourself. This will get you started on the right foot today and we will tackle the rest later.
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