Every year millions of us vow that when the clock strikes 12 on December 31st, this will be the year to slim down. And every year fewer than 1 in 10 people actually keep their new year's resolutions. The health and fitness experts at Avera McKennan say skip the resolutions and go for a lifestyle change instead. They say you'll have more success.
In the summer of 2008, Mary Frederick of Sioux Falls got tired of spinning her wheels and decided to make some changes in her life. She jump started her plan by using the Optifast medically supervised meal replacement program through Avera McKennan and by calling her long time friend Jackie Haggar-Tuschen at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center.
Mary says, "In July of 2008 was the when and a lot of people ask me about the why. I can't say there was one defining moment, but I decided I needed to do something. I have a little Granddaughter who is 2 now, but she was a baby at the time and I decided I wanted to be something different for her. I wanted to have the energy for her so part of it was Ellie that spurred me on."
Jackie says, "A lot of times when you say New Year's resolutions it starts to wane after 4, 6, 8, 12 weeks. We encourage life style changes. We encourage you to know your fitness level and have goals and re-establish those goals."
Jackie says those goals have to be attainable. Don't say I'm going to lose 25 pounds in a month. Instead start small by changing 1 or 2 of your bad habits. For me, that would be not eating a donut everyday and replacing it with a piece of fruit. Maybe for you, that could mean knocking down your pop consumption from 4 bottles to 2 and eventually zero adding in water instead. You'll notice the changes.
Mary says, "You have to change what you eat. For me, I've also changed how I cook."
Mary works out everyday for an hour and a half and changes up her workouts.
Mary says, "I feel great. I start my morning here at 5:30 at the fitness center. It's a good way for me to start the morning. I'm a procrastinator at heart. It's in my nature, but it's hard to procrastinate at 5:30 because I have no other appointments to get to. "
Jackie says, "I see Mary like when I first knew her knew Mary. We grew up together so I've known her a long time. I see youth and I see someone who looks so much younger, like when I first knew her."
In a year and a half Mary has lost and kept off 80 pounds. She's added muscle and improved her cardiovascular health. What's she's gained is a whole new level of confidence and energy and I have to say it looks good on her!
If you need help getting started and/or you need someone to hold you accountable the Avera McKennan Fitness Center can hook you up with a personal trainer. Click HERE for more information.