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Challenge Yourself

Focus on Your Healthy Weight: Traditionally, many Americans begin a “diet” the first week in January and find it difficult to stick with their plan. This year, avoid thinking about dieting. Challenge yourself to stop dieting and vow to normalize your life with long-term, sensible healthy eating and activity habits. The goal is to focus on eating well, living actively, and feeling good about yourself and others.

Try to monitor your health habits each day and see how well you can develop a healthy plan during this challenge:

1. Enjoy living actively: Focus on the pleasure of movement and its health and energy benefits, not calories burned. Don't overdo it, or it won't become a habit. If you're not regularly active now, start with 5 minutes a day for the first month, and then gradually increase time. For most adults, an appropriate level is about 20 to 30 minutes a day for at least five days a week. Try to avoid long periods of inactivity.
2. Enjoy eating well: Eat at regular times, typically three meals and small snacks to satisfy hunger. Tune in to your body's internal signals of hunger and fullness – eat when you're hungry and stop when full and satisfied. Enjoy your food! Notice how much better you feel when you eat wholesome foods. Try to include an array of food groups every day: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and lean proteins. Choose balance, variety and moderation.
3. Practice relaxation: Take time for a daily relaxation session. Or just empty your mind and let your body relax with a few deep breaths for 30-second relaxation breaks occasionally throughout the day. Listen to your body. Be flexible with inevitable stress – practice dealing with things positively.





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