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When Quitting IS an Option

You’ve heard the expression, “Winners never quit, and quitters never win”….and I generally believe that’s  true.  But sometimes, winners DO quit—in fact, smart winners quit in smart ways, and I’m not talking about giving up.

A smart winner quits when his or her current plan or program isn’t working.  Have you ever been to a gym and seen the same members on the treadmill for 45 minutes to an hour…day after day, week after week, and it seems like their bodies never change?   It’s because their cardio program isn’t working.   Their bodies are doing ONLY what is asked of them, nothing more.  Day after day, those bodies are used to that cardio program and will only expend enough energy (calories) to get the work done on that day.  Again, nothing more.   Those members need to shake things up!

If you find that the “diet of the week” isn’t working for you any more—you are tired of the same foods, you are not losing weight, you are always hungry, it’s time to “quit” that program and find something that works better for YOU.  Find a healthy, intelligent way to eat that works for YOU, and quit following the most recent fad.

If you’ve been going to the gym for a few weeks or months, you probably found that at first you were sore, and probably excited about all the new things you were learning. You probably started noticing changes in your body if you’ve been sticking with your exercise program.  But as time goes on, and your body gets used to those new demands you’ve put on it, it’s going to start only expending as much energy as it needs to, nothing more.  You may notice your weight plateaus, or you are not putting on muscle, or getting stronger.  It’s time to “quit” that program, and start shaking things up!   Add a Zumba class, try some high-energy plyometric moves, change the weights you are using.   You want to constantly keep your body guessing, so it has to work harder to keep up !

Quitting IS an option when you are not seeing results—but make sure you replace your old program with a new, fresh, challenging one….and you’ll get the results you want!

Easter basket remorse

I ate too much.  My Easter table was filled with ham, turkey, twice-baked potatoes, croissants, cheesecake and blonde brownies.  And I’m not above admitting that on a holiday, I have very little willpower.  And then, the Easter Bunny arrives with enough candy for my two teenage sons that their bags (not baskets, I think they went in the recycling bin two years ago) almost ripped!

Today I’m trying NOT to get into the candy so I can salvage my weekend.  I hope you can do the same.  To inspire you a bit, and perhaps take some of the fun out of the Easter baskets in your house, I’ve rounded up some of the worst  basket offenders.

1. Reese’s Reester Bunny.  Remember the commercial, “You got peanut butter on my chocolate”?  Great commercial because the end result is AWESOME!  But you’re better off avoiding this combo.  One of these bunnies has 798 calories, 42 grams of fat and 88 grams of carbs.

2. Hershey’s Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg.  It’s hollow, and it feels so light, how bad could it be?  These hollow eggs have more than three times as many calories as the Easter-candy favorite — the Cadbury Creme Egg.  At just less than 5 ounces, the shell alone has 570 calories.  If you factor in the four Hershey kisses inside  you’re looking at 660 calories and  41 grams of fat.

3. Marshmallow Peeps Chicks.  I really don’t get the love for this Easter favorite, but my son swears they are best when you’ve “nuked” them and they get puffy like marshmallows.  Peeps are super cute in all their different pastel Easter colors, but they have at least 140 calories and 80 grams of sugar (80!) for five of them.

4. A plastic egg full of Starburst Jelly Beans.  Jelly beans seem like a healthier choice because they don’t have all the fat associated with other chocolatey treats, but don’t be fooled.  Unless you have major willpower, the calories will add up quickly, because I’ll bet you can’t eat just one!  One plastic egg full of the Starburst variety has 190 calories.  And it  likely won’t fill you up at all.  If you really have to have one, just eat a few, close the egg, and hop away from the basket.

5. Large Chocolate Bunny.  Your basket might seem naked without one of these, but it’s also one that can derail your diet in one sitting.  If you have an average-sized seven-ounce chocolate rabbit in your Easter basket, beware.  That cute bunny contains more than 1,000 calories, making it the Easter bunny’s evil caloric twin.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your holiday weekend—It’s a new day, start strong, and hide the Easter basket!

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