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Life Change or Lifestyle Change for 2015?

Posted on: January 5th, 2015 by Sandra O'Hagan 1 Comment

Sandra Weight Loss photo 2009

People often believe they have to schedule a date to start exercise or diets.  They believe life has to change and they recruit friends and family members for support for their big endeavor.  Initially, they have great success and gradually fall off the wagon and stop talking about whatever activity they had thrown themselves into or the diet that was going to change their lives.  Does this sound familiar?  Most of us have been there.  

It doesn’t work because it is often not sustainable.  Changing your life on a given start date is too difficult to maintain and when you reach the plateau, which you most certainly will, you become discouraged and often return to your old life.  Starting a workout that isn’t fun or is far too advanced is also a recipe for disaster or again, just not sustainable.

What if you adopted a gentler approach, a less stressful change and a change that was manageable and sustainable?  What if you just changed one aspect of your life at a time?  What if you just reduced your caloric intake by 200 calories a day by reducing the sweetened beverages you drink or had one less alcoholic beverage?  What if you reduced the number of times you ate out in a week?  What if you started power walking for 10 minutes a day?  What if you picked up the pace going up the stairs each time?  Do you really need to do all or nothing?  Does it have to be a life change or can it be a moderate sustainable “lifestyle” change one thing at a time?

Consider this, if you burned 100 calories doing activity and reduced 100 calories from your diet per day, that would work out to 73,000 calories per year or a weight reduction of 20 pounds.  Picture yourself 10 – 20 pounds lighter in one year and think about how that could change your life.

What could you do today to improve your health, longevity and become SO Full of LIFE?  What would your baby step be?

PHOTO: Me after dropping from size 10 to 4 over about 1 year eventually leveling out at size 6

How can the 80/20 Rule take the Pressure off Weight Loss?

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by Sandra O'Hagan No Comments

2014-10-20 80 20 Rule for healthy eating

Are you a yo-yo dieter?  Do you lose weight for special occasions and promptly put it back on once the event is over? Wouldn’t it be great to maintain your weight without having 3 sizes of everything in your wardrobe?

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, author of THE DIET FIX, promotes maintaining the healthy weight you can sustain. Now that is a great concept!

You have probably heard of terms like cheat meals, food tracking and portion control as ways to lose weight and while all of those are pieces of a great weight loss/maintenance plan, there is a very simple way that requires none of this.

Like so many things in life, the 80/20 rule applies even with weight loss.  Consider creating an 80/20 meal plan where 80% of the time you are eating, whole, raw unprocessed foods and the other 20% you are eating what you enjoy “in moderation”. If you knew you could eat what you wanted, wouldn’t that take the stress out of the perpetual diet plan you are on?

If you are still trying to get into that size 6 dress from 20 years and 3 children ago, please burn the dress, move on and enjoy the “healthy weight you can sustain” now.  Thank you Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, simple wise words we can all live by. Do you think this would work for you?

Remember, you only have one life to life, make it SO Full of Life!