(ARA) Failed New Year’s resolutions are a dime a dozen. That promise to go to the gym every day dwindles to three days a week, then two days a week, before falling into “whenever I can make it” territory. Diet and weight loss resolutions are among the most common, year after year, which says a lot about what kind of results people are getting from the promises they make to themselves. The problem with so many resolu- How to make your New Year’s resolution last tions is that they are too strenuous, too unforgiving, and just plain unrealistic. We don’t become superhuman masters of willpower with the turning of the year, nor do our busy schedules change. The best, most effective resolutions, especially for weight loss, are the ones that fit in with the lives we’re already living. Resolutions for weight loss and those for eating better can easily go hand in hand. One key to a positive, effective plan for carrying out these resolutions is to not view food as the enemy -- or, at least, not all food. As a first step, start taking a good, hard look at the ingredient list on foods that you buy. You should also be honest with yourself about your eating habits. If you are a habitual snacker in the mid-afternoon, own up to it. Next, armed with that knowledge, shop smart and stock healthier options for your snacks. Many people starting out on new eating regimens buy products that sound healthy, but don’t satisfy cravings and can lead to too much snacking. Look for products that you know you like, but find versions that incorporate natural ingredients or offer lower fat options. When those hunger pangs come around, take a no-nonsense approach. Limit your intake by putting what you’re eating in a small bowl, which automatically helps you stop eating, or look at the Last MinuteGIFT GUIDE December 23, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II & IV • Page 13 nutritional label and stick to the serving size listed on the product. Eat slowly. You will feel full on a smaller amount of food if you don’t rush. If you have a sweet tooth, skip the candy bars and find some dark chocolate that you can break off in small pieces. Let one piece melt on your tongue and you will cut the craving with a minimal intake of calories. If you’re not a snacker, you can still apply those ideas to your main meals. Be sure to choose main dishes that are made with natural ingredients and give yourself some flavor varieties. Pay attention to what and how much you are eating. Turn off the TV, step away from the computer, and have a sit-down meal with the family or a friend. If you add in simple exercise, like going for walks on your work breaks, you will be taking an extra step toward a healthier lifestyle without having to turn your world upside down. With those simple adjustments, this can be the year that your resolution finally lasts. ������������������� ��������������������������� �������������������������������� ��������������������� ������������������������� ������������������������������������������� Stop in Dec. 22 - Dec. 31 12-23-09 ester/janine GenAndIHoliday3x3(12-23-09) 3 x 3” Rev1 ������������������ �������������� ���������������� ���������� �������� ��������� �������� ������������� • Hudson Jeans • Butter • Ed Hardy • Pinc •Us Angels • Little Mass • Le Tout Petite • 7 For All Mankind 201.847.8243 Holiday Hours: Thurs thru Sat 10am - 7pm ������� HURRY IN! ITEMS GO FAST!