Tips for Creating a Flab-u-less 2011
Did you know that insurance rates go up along with your weight?
Or that individuals who are overweight are paid less and assigned fewer hours of work?
Or that medical care costs are higher for overweight individuals than their normal-weight counterparts?
Or that clothing in larger sizes is more expensive? Or that travel costs more if you are overweight?
When these factors are combined, being obese costs individuals an additional $6,400 per year.
Carole Carson—dubbed “An Apostle for Fitness” by the Wall Street Journal and author of From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction—says that “for most of us, the dramatic escalation in lifestyle-induced illnesses and disabilities, combined with an inexorable rise in medical care costs, has made losing weight and getting fit a financial as well as personal issue.” Carole says there’s never been a better time to get FIT:
F = Face your challenge honestly and figure out a strategy that works for you. Fill your plate with vegetables, grains, fruit and lean protein, such as chicken or fish. Find creative ways (rather than eating) to comfort yourself when distressed. Forget your history; focus on each new day and celebrate a fresh beginning.
I = Integrate exercise and movement into your daily routine. Invest in a pedometer and start walking with a buddy. Imagine how much more energy and vitality you will have with regular exercise and wholesome food. Ignore the calendar; you’re never too old to begin a fitness program.
T = Team up with others to keep yourself motivated. Track your progress and correct backsliding when it occurs. Turn breakdowns into learning experiences. Target fitness as your goal with weight loss as a natural by-product. Trust yourself to make decisions that move you toward improved health.
If you want to begin 2012 with a thicker wallet and thinner body, you will have to make healthy decisions on a moment-to-moment basis from this point forward. Today is the best day you’ll ever have to begin creating a healthy, trim and fit body in your future.