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Are you ready to lose weight? Are you motivated to make the necessary changes to your daily routines? Are you prepared to do what it takes to get your weight off forever? Successful weight loss depends on permanent lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy foods, making better choices at the grocery store, and food prepping. 
One of the most important steps toward reaching your goal is to be honest. 
Knowing that you need to make changes in your life and actually doing it are two different things. You might need to overhaul your entire diet, everything from your food to your drinks!  And, this can be a bit overwhelming at first. But, if you are motivated for better health, feeling better about yourself, better appearance, fitting into your clothes again with ease, find your motivation and keep that at the center of your focus. 
Part of making changes to your habits is to deal with your distractions. Life can be stressful. There are so many situations out of our control, whether it is dealing with marital problems, job stress, financial worries, or illness, eating poorly will not change these life issues.  The only thing we get to do is manage our response to these issues.  There are many tough circumstances, but you can change how you handle these stressors without indulging in food or alcohol. Try to convince yourself that eating poorly will make you feel even worse, not better. 
Another key point is to set realistic goals for your end results. Do not pick some number out of the sky because it “sounds good”, or because you “remember being that small “ when you were way younger! Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a lifelong process. If you have ten pounds or a hundred to lose, the most important point is to set small, and attainable goals, then continue to set small goals. I think 10 pound increments is a good start. If you maintain consistent, all will be well. 
So, make this the week that you choose to change one small habit. Maybe you stop using cream in your coffee? Especially, the non- hydrogenated types. Or, you make two or three meals in advance this week? Maybe you will try a new vegetable? I tried a new one, its called Jicama! I made a salad with it, and some fries, too. It was fun, and different. 
This is your year! It is not to late to start changing your habits. Just make up your mind that you are ready to press on. 


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