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Time for a lifestyle upgrade

Maybe the enthusiasm you felt on January 1st for your New Year’s resolutions has worn off, or maybe you didn’t make any because you’ve been down that road, only to be disappointed when you couldn’t stick with it.

For all those years that I was obese, I’d draw a line in the sand: “From now on I’ll always eat the right thing… I won’t cheat … I’ll do my workout every day!” I’d tell myself. When my follow through fell short of my intentions, I felt like a failure. What I never asked myself is, “What if I could just do better today than I did yesterday?” Over time those “betters” add up to a lifestyle upgrade.

The benefits of healthy changes are cumulative: they’re not an all-or-nothing kind of thing. That’s why this week’s blogs and video are especially timely.

If you’re on a mission to improve your fitness, this week’s video is just the ticket. In it I explain how I trained myself to run faster. Great thing is, it works with walking too!

Building a consistent exercise habit is also key to what I call the Gear Up Phase of the Eat Like It Matters Program. If you want to lose 10-30 pounds, this is the plan for you!

And to reinforce why these healthy habits are so important, I’ve included three blogs from the archives related to fitness. The overriding theme to all of them is that it’s not so important what you do as it is why you do it. (Hint, hint: it’s because you’re worth the time and effort it will take to get healthier!)

Have a happy, healthy week!

– Marilyn

Video: Running Tutorial: How to Build Speed


Does your outside match your insides?

TV host Stacy London (What Not to Wear) has a new show on TLC called Love Lust or Run. Her guests are women whose wardrobes are what most of us would consider garish, even bizarre. Read more…

Eat Like It Matters: The Gear Up Phase

The Gear Up Phase of the Eat Like It Matters Program is for those who would like to lose 10 – 30 pounds. This is the sexiest of the three phases of weight loss, as far as I’m concerned. Read more…

Recipe: Un-Sloppy Joes

This comfort food makeover is a great addition to your recipe repertoire for two reasons: it’s healthy (buffalo is as lean as ground turkey yet the taste is virtually indistinguishable to beef), and it’s versatile. Read more…

Does everybody have an “inner-athlete”?

I don’t know. I do know that 120 lbs. ago I would’ve told you I didn’t have one. Turns out, I was wrong. Read more…

Building Sweat Equity

The blog I wrote last week, “Does Everybody Have An Inner-Athlete?” really got me started thinking. What is it about becoming an athlete that has not just changed my body, but changed how I think about… Read more…

You Must Intrinsically Enjoy It Or It Won’t Last

This is #4 of the “top 10 lessons that becoming an athlete have taught me about weight loss” that appeared in the “Building Sweat Equity” blog. Read more…

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