It’s the Little Things!

This week I would like to share with you some of the little things that I do every day. These small changes to my lifestyle have helped me lose 71 pounds and now help me maintain my weight loss. Below is my Top 10 Little Things list.

This week I would like to share with you some of the little things that I do every day. These small changes to my lifestyle have helped me lose 71 pounds and now help me maintain my weight loss. Below is my Top 10 Little Things list.

Top 10 Little Things


  1. I use skim milk in my coffee instead of cream.
  2. I never miss a meal or a snack, so I can keep that metabolism cranking!
  3. I don’t buy junk food, so I simply won’t have it in my house during those weak moments.
  4. Green tea with a packet or 2 of no-calorie sweetener helps me out when my sweet tooth kicks in, and green tea is excellent for you.
  5. When given a choice, I always take the stairs. I look for ways to burn more calories throughout my day.
  6. A tall glass of skim milk with sugar-free chocolate syrup is my new milk shake.
  7. I always drink ice cold water, so my body has to warm it up to body temperature, thereby burning calories.  
  8. I try to think positive, be happy and surround myself with others who are the same.
  9. I keep busy, but find time to meditate and exercise every day. Boredom leads to bad habits.
  10. I like to try things I thought I couldn’t do, but always wanted to. I encourage you to do the same. Make it happen.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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