Don't Fall Off the Fitness Cliff!
We may have (sort of) managed to avoid falling off the fiscal cliff this year, but there's another cliff just ahead: the fitness one! With the start of the New Year, millions of Americans resolved to get—and stay—fit and healthy, but as February creeps along, that resolve wavers, little by little, until finally, many people throw in the towel altogether.
In fact, a study done by Gold's Gym shows that today, February 7, is the "Fitness Cliff." Although there's a steady decline in gym check-ins beginning on January 30, the biggest drop in gym sign-ins occur today, 38 days out from the New Year.
"A lot of people have a mindset where they think, 'Well, I just went through this 30-day ordeal, and now it's not working,'" says Belisa Vranich, Psy.D., an author and clinical psychologist. "The psychological reasoning behind it is two-fold: Every year our world moves faster, so we assume that everything, including weight loss, will happen faster and faster. But with lifestyle changes, that's not how it works. In fact, because we're so surrounded by temptation, such as high-calorie foods, permanent changes often go really slowly.
Although it can be frustrating when you're dieting and exercising to see the scale stubbornly refuse to budge, studies suggest that if you want to lose weight in the long term, slow, gradual weight loss is better than fast weight loss, Vranich says. "People often think they're going to have this motivation and see an incredible makeover. The fact is, if you're doing it right, the changes you see will be much more subtle."
If you feel you're about to fall off the weight-loss resolution bandwagon (or already have), first remember that you're not the only one! Then try these simple tips from Vranich to get back on track.
"Women are often caregivers who put others' needs ahead of their own," Vranich says. "I had a client once who told me she spent a lot of time in the kitchen making sandwiches for her son and husband to take for lunch at work or school. I told her, 'They can make their own sandwiches. Take care of yourself.'"
This is one of our favorite pieces of advice at SHAPE. If you hate spin class, don't go, but if you love salsa dancing, go as many times as you want, Vranich recommends. "Don't think you have to be crawling across the gym in pain to get in shape
Think about it in terms of love: "You love your body, so you want to fuel it right and treat it really well," Vranich says. "Take care of your body the way you'd take care of your kids. You need it to last a long time."
NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY RESULTS...
Yesterday I offered some opinions on the primary results in New Hampshire.
DONALD TRUMP won with about the margin that polls predicted.
BERNIE SANDERS' VOTERS OVERWHELMED HILLARY CLINTON WITH A 20+ POINT MARGIN. This was precisely what the polls indicated would happen and it did.
I had predicted that Ted Cruz would come in second place. Although he didn't, his third place finish was impressive considering how little money and time was spent in New Hampshire. Here is a screen shot of my hotel television (Fox News) showing how much money was spent per vote received from 5 Republican candidates. It appears that one does not and cannot buy victory these days.
I had predicted that Jeb Bush would not finish in the TOP FIVE... He did manage to do a bit better than I had predicted, although it each vote cost hime $1200.00! Marco Rubio was apparently damaged by his ROBOTIC DEBATE PERFORMANCE this past Saturday.
Your Food Diary For:
|KELLOGGS - RAISIN BRAN||380||92||2||10||420||36|
|Quaker Oats - Instant Oatmeal Apples & Cinnamon||480||99||6||12||600||36|
|Sausage Patty, 3 patty||240||9||9||30||780||3|
|L U N C H|
|HYVEE - HUGE SPINACH SALAD||750||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mcintosh - Apple, 3 medium apple||240||66||0||0||0||51|
|D I N N E R|
|SUBWAY FOOTLONG FRESH FIT - 9-GRAIN WHEAT BREAD ROAST BEEF||640||90||10||48||1,400||14|
|Subway - Broccoli Cheddar Soup||180||16||11||5||990||3|
|Mcintosh - Apple, 2 medium apple||160||44||0||0||0||34|
|S N A C K S|
|Hyvee - Yogurt Pretzels||280||40||10||2||0||24|
|Whole Cashews - Unsalted, 28 g||160||9||12||5||0||2|
|Your Daily Goal||3,792||474||126||190||2,300||142|
|*You've earned 1,862 extra calories from exercise today|
|Your Exercise Diary for:|
. . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . .