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Take Control of Your Health

Posted By Fitness on Feb 13, 2007 at 1:00PM

As 2007 is well under way, maybe you're not making as much progress as you wish you were on your new year's resolution to get healthy.

Best friends, husbands, parents and even coworkers may seem to have the best intentions but their actions may not agree. It is important that you, and your close ones, realize that your decision to get healthy is a positive one and also not one that you are pushing on them. Some people are intimidated by those who are dieting, working out, eating right, etc because it makes them wonder if they should be doing the same and some people are just plain clueless.

So take control of your situation with these simple ideas:

  1. Do the grocery shopping for yourself. If someone else does it for you, then provide a list so that you don't end up with random snacks and sweets. Tell them you appreciate gifts, but cookie dough is not the kind of gift you're looking for right now.
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  3. Plan group outings. For dessert, walk to the nearest place (ice cream, cake, coffee, etc). Chances are by the time you reach your destination, you won't want it anymore and then whoever you are with still can satisfy her sweet tooth however she wants.
  4. Invite others to play. If your husband or roomie complains they are lonely while you are at the gym, offer to let them come with you and use your guest passes.
  5. Crunch Numbers. If your husband or parents are complaining about how much money you are spending on your gym membership and gear, kindly remind them how much you are saving on not buying junk food. Also, keeping healthy will save you a bundle in health bills down the line.
  6. Be gracious, but don't back-track. If your roomie, parents or husband see all your hard work and kindly reward your efforts with a gift certificate to The Olive Garden then kindly thank them but remind them that a truly great reward would have been a new heart rate monitor or something more relevant to your goals.
  7. Cook. I know, here we are again doing all the work, but sometimes it is just easier to cook the food yourself and know that it is healthy. I love my husband to death but that man loves butter and will cook anything in it, because he doesn't know any better. If I cook he is still satisfied, but he has no idea I used olive oil instead of butter

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