A New Year Again

Terri’s View: Well, a year has past since I first started blogging for Dr. Oz and I remember my first blog was about the New Year. We always marvel about how fast the past year has gone and we can’t believe time has just flown by. But time doesn’t seem to fly by when we are on a diet, does it? We can’t wait to get on the scale and see some changes, but if things don’t go our way, the disappointment that follows sometimes allows us to slip backwards.

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Terri’s View: Well, a year has past since I first started blogging for Dr. Oz and I remember my first blog was about the New Year. We always marvel about how fast the past year has gone and we can’t believe time has just flown by. But time doesn’t seem to fly by when we are on a diet, does it? We can’t wait to get on the scale and see some changes, but if things don’t go our way, the disappointment that follows sometimes allows us to slip backwards.

Well, the year has passed. Have you made any positive changes in your life? I’m not even talking about a 50 pound weight loss. I just mean, have you given up soda and replaced it with water? Have you walked more or taken up an exercise class just because you enjoy it? Small positive changes can lead to bigger more drastic changes down the road. If you have not embarked on any positive changes, then why not start now with the New Year?

Yes, it’s cliché, but why can’t you be the one that does not throw in the towel by February. You can make this a year that is positive and one that can end with you being much leaner and healthier you. I plan to get back into my workouts and healthy eating. I have been very wishy-washy and not having my head in the game. I have not given up my new lifestyle, but have not been doing 100% the right thing for the past few weeks. My body is craving the discipline and exercise it has been missing.

So if you have not yet started a program, make this the year to do it. Small baby steps and will lead to big giant steps. Two words that say it all: diet and exercise. There’s no magic pill; just portion control, healthy choices and proper exercise. That’s how Ed and I did it. That’s how we maintain. You can do it in the New Year and beyond. I told you last year and my words held true – the New Year’s going to be here anyway, and here it is! Where are you going to be next year?

Ed’s View: With the end of 2010 at hand and the start of a new year on the horizon, it’s time to get our heads back into the game. All the rushing around and getting ready for the holidays could have easily side-tracked our progress. Now, we need to look into ourselves and ask, “Why did I start this change?” I’m sure many reasons will come to mind, but the most important reason is our health. During the holidays we toast each other and say, “To your good health.”

Now is the time to set the goals for working out; time to bring in the good and get rid of the bad. Along with the New Year’s fresh start, it’s time to renew ourselves and get back into the game.

With a good amount of change this year for our family we did manage to continue our lifestyle change. I still was able to get to the gym 3 to 4 times a week and I look forward to continue this in 2011.

My goal for the upcoming year is to continue the life I have chosen; eating right, getting to the gym and trying to remember to set time for myself as well as family. I can say achieving the goal is hard; continuing to maintain it is harder. It is what we learned about getting there that can and will make all the difference in our journey.

I hope that you reach all your goals for the New Year, and if you are starting your change for 2011, I wish you all the best.

Blog written by Ed and Terri Masak
Ed and Terri have been married for almost 20 years. Together, they made the commitment to get healthy for each other and their 2...