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Week 3: Find Support

Make the world your ally.

In Norcross's research on dieters trying to keep New Year's resolutions, those who took their promises public fared best. No need to wait until your next dinner party; spill the beans ASAP by starting a blog. The pressure will keep you on track: "If you cheat on your diet or stop exercising, you let down your readers as well as yourself," Norcross points out.

Find fit friends.

Enlist a pal to be your regular gym buddy so that you have someone to keep you accountable and share your struggles with. If you can't find a willing recruit, no worries; just ask a friend to check in with you every few days to see how your workouts and eating are going, Chambliss suggests. Making friends at the gym can help too. Strike up a conversation with the biker next to you, scan the bulletin board for workout buddies, or sign up for a group fitness class.

Get competitive.

Walk or run with people who are faster than you or position yourself next to speed demons in Spinning class so you'll push yourself to keep up. This also works outside the gym. "In the mall parking lot, try to beat other people to a store's entrance," Chambliss suggests, "or race up the stairs to see if you can arrive before someone who is taking the elevator." Even these mini triumphs will keep your motivation high.

Tech yourself out.

Set the alarm on your cell for when it's time to head to the gym (some phones have a "remind me" feature that will send you a text message). Clock your meals too: Eat breakfast within 45 minutes of getting up, then program the alarm to go off every three hours to remind you to have a small meal or snack, Diekman says. Eating frequently helps steady your blood sugar levels, keeping energy up and appetite down.

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1/13/2012 04:06:16 PM Report Abuse
franring1 wrote:

Dear 60- You can do it! I'm71 and have lost 20lbs in the last few months. Only 10 more to go. Slow and steady wins the race! Health and enjoying life make it really worth it.

8/4/2011 07:39:09 PM Report Abuse
juststuff4 wrote:

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1/4/2011 02:34:41 PM Report Abuse
jcforhisglory30 wrote:

Dear "60" - I'm right with you but we can do this. Instead of jumping in with both feet I am going to take their suggestions on making small changes in eating, behavior, excercise. Forget your weight - think in terms of "health". I am a cancer survivor who gained a lot of weight with chemo but never lost it. 2011 is our YEAR!!!

1/4/2011 06:21:05 AM Report Abuse

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