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4 Resolutions for 2007: You Can Do It

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Recover from a Setback

Our makeover candidate, Lisa Renwick, was two pounds from her goal -- and fell off the wagon. Sound familiar? Steal her bounce-back tips.

Why I went overboard: "Daily cardio, my feisty kids, the monotony of work -- in spite of my husband's support, I wanted to combust. So I started binge eating my kids' sugary cereal. Even though I've been adding a little cardio each week to my workout, I still gained two pounds. When I'm feeling upset, I want that immediate gratification. One day I grabbed a box of Cinnabons and just ate until only crumbs were left. For two seconds, it's blissful, then I'm feeling lousy. It's a vicious cycle."

My Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Chew Absentmindedly

"I'm not buying that cereal anymore -- that's for sure! My life coach, Lois Barth, thought reading a book called Intuitive Eating would offer some perspective on my 'feeding' habits. So far, I've learned that I'm an unconscious eater. I inhale food because I'm always feeling rushed. I need to practice eating more slowly and taking smaller bites, which my nutritionist, Cindy Sherwin, RD, says will help me feel fuller and back away from my fork."

My Fat-Busting Plan

  • "Amp up my cardio."
  • "Do deep-breathing exercises to control sudden bingeing urges."
  • "Embrace the season! Who can be depressed holding a bowl of pumpkin soup?"

 

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