Real readers on how they stick to their New Year's resolutionsMaking a New Year's resolution is easy. Keeping it? Not so much. So we rounded up tips from our Facebook readers to get their take on how they make a resolution--and stick to it. Here's what they had to say:
1. Don't try to be perfect: "Accept that it's not going to be perfect, but rather an overall picture. Success comes in overall consistency, not perfection. If you lace up more times than not, if you add up those days over a lifetime, you will be fit rather than just working out sporadically! Life happens, get back on the train! It's a lifestyle!"
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2. Make monthly resolutions instead: "I like to break my New Year's resolutions down into monthly resolutions, each month working toward the bigger goal. If my goal is to save money, one month I may resolve to track my expenses, the next to bring my lunch to work or cut back on Starbucks."
-Kimberly Rae Miller
3. Spread the word: "I tell someone what they are and write them
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- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Jan 3, 2012 9:54 AM EST
Real readers on how they stick to their New Year's resolutionsMaking a New Year's resolution is easy. Keeping it? Not so much. So we rounded up tips from our Facebook readers to get their take on how they make a resolution--and stick to it. Here's what they had to say:Read More »from Real Women Share: "How I Stick to My New Year's Resolutions"
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Jan 3, 2012 9:14 AM EST
These four websites will help you stick to your resolutionsMaking resolutions has become something of a New Year's tradition, though the stereotype of the January gym-goer fizzling by MLK Day (January 16, 2012) suggests a lack of resolve in those resolutions.Read More »from Digital Determination: 4 Sites to Help You Stick to Your Resolutions
Luckily for would-be resolvers, there are a host of new websites and apps aimed at helping more people hit their targets by using new techniques based on research into goal-achievement and motivation. Having an important goal integrated into your digital life can be an easy way to keep it front-and-center and enlist support from friends and family.
But even the slickest web app isn't a magic bullet for changing habits and can't compensate for poorly constructed goals or a lack of motivation.
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"Seeing other [online goal-setters] succeed could provide vicarious reinforcement that allows people to imagine succeeding at their own goals. Seeing others fail could help people avoid letting a missed goal discourage them. People can
Cleanse for weight loss: Would it work for you?Cleanses have been around for centuries, but it was Beyonce Knowles' dramatic 20-lb weight loss from using The Master Cleanse to prep for her role in Dream Girls that brought the therapy out of the "alternative" camp and firmly into popular culture. With this new-found popularity, the number and type of cleanse diets has soared, from food-based "liver detoxes" to liquid-only fasts for several weeks and everything in between. While the extreme cleanses often get a bad rap-Beyonce confessed that drinking the maple syrup-lemon-cayenne pepper concoction made her "cranky"-many women swear by cleanse diets to lose weight, increase energy, and even help clear up acne.Read More »from Does Cleansing for Weight Loss Really Work?
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Jeni S., a 31-year-old mom of two and group fitness instructor, first discovered cleanse diets after talking with a fellow fitness instructors. "I was complaining to her about my post-holiday bloat and she recommended I try a cleanse to "flush" it all out and sort of reset
Think guys don't care about makeup? Think again. They may not know much about it or understand exactly how it gets applied (and that's OK, we don't expect them to), but they definitely have an opinion when it comes to how much of it you should be wearing, and when.
We talked to different guys-including one Hollywood A-lister who actually prefers his gals au' natural-to get the scoop on what they really think about the face-enhancing goop. Here's what they had to say:
Glenn Yeffeth1. Glenn Yeffeth, 49, publisher, BenBella Books: "I think a lot of makeup actually makes women look worse. Have you ever noticed how the women look on the final episode of Survivor, when they're back from the island and finally get all made up? They go from being naturally beautiful individuals to sort of generically pretty."
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Adrian Grenier2. Adrian Grenier, 35, actor: "Less is more. Definitely. You don't want to overdo it. If you don't exudeRead More »from What Men Really Think About Your Makeup
Make 2012 the year you change your life--for good!You swore this was the year you'd stick to those resolutions, but that jumbo tin of caramel popcorn and comfy couch are calling your name. Join the club: About 40 percent of Americans make a life-enhancing vow on January 1-and half "relapse" within the first 21 days. How to sail through that critical launch period and keep on going? Start with these five no-fail strategies.Read More »from 5 Ways to Change Your Life — for Good!
1. Watch your wording: Many a resolution have failed simply because they were expressed too vaguely. So rather than saying, for instance, "I will be more organized," try, "I'll spend 15 minutes of each day de-cluttering part of one room," advises executive coach M.J. Ryan, author of This Year I Will.... Likewise, in lieu of "I want to lose weight," shoot for "I plan to drop 1 pound a week by cutting out late-night snacking." Hoping to eat in more often? Commit to whipping up a home-cooked meal just three nights a week.
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2. Build your case: To help clarify your goals
BLT with avocado and sproutsCraving a BLT or reuben-but not the calories? We've made over your lunchtime favorites by putting veggies center stage. Get your brown bag ready!Read More »from 5 Healthy Sandwich Makeovers
1. BLT with avocado and sprouts (left):
PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME: 20 MINUTES
6 slices turkey bacon
1 Hass avocado
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1⁄8 teaspoon kosher salt
8 slices multigrain bread
8 leaves red-leaf lettuce
2 medium tomatoes, thickly sliced
1 packed cup alfalfa sprouts
1. Cut bacon slices in half and cook according to package directions. Arrange on a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
2. While bacon is cooking, slice avocado in half, remove the pit, scoop out flesh into a small bowl, and gently mash with the back of a fork. Stir in lemon juice and salt.
3. toast the bread; top each of 4 slices with 2 lettuce leaves, a quarter of the tomato slices, 3 half strips of bacon, and a quarter of the sprouts. Spread 2 tablespoons of the avocado mixture on each of the 4 remaining
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Dec 28, 2011 11:26 AM EST
By Jessica SmithRead More »from Injured? 3 Tips for Staying Active While You Recover
Injured? Tips for staying healthy while you recoverDoes an injury have you sidelined from your regular workout routine? Don't sweat it. While getting injured can be frustrating (and painful), it doesn't have to mean you'll gain weight. In fact, it may be a great time to take a break from your current workout and focus on other ways to stay fit. And the good news is, when your body is ready to go back to your workout routine, it will have to work even harder than it did before, making it even more effective.
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In the meantime, here are three ways to avoid gaining weight while you recover:
1. Look for alternative methods of exercise.
Can't run on your injured knee ? This might be a great time to try Pilates instead with a qualified instructor or a physical therapist, says Lisa Hubbard, founder of Rhythm Pilates™ and star of the Element: Total Body Pilates with Mini Ball DVD. "Many physical therapists use Pilates to assist in the increased range of motion of a joint, tissue and
Miley Cyrus2012 is almost here! Whether you're excited for a night out with friends and family or you're convinced the end of the world is here, why not go out in style? Here are eight celebrity hair-dos that are fun and stylish. They'll go perfectly with any New Year's Eve outfit and are quick and easy to recreate.Read More »from 8 DIY 'Dos like the Stars
1. Messy braid: Miley Cyrus (left)
Tips from Angelo David of Angelo David Salon
Step 1: Spray a detangler onto wet hair, followed by the Angelo David Sea Silk Styling Mousse to prepare for styling.
Step 2: Begin blow drying hair by section using a round brush. Then, create a deep side part.
Step 3: Run fingers through hair to create a messy feel, then sweep hair to one side. Take front section of hair and create small loose waves with a curling iron.
Step 4: With the rest, divide hair into two sections. Take a small portion of hair from one side then bring it to the other, repeating this process back and forth. It is okay if hair falls out of the braid or there are knots and
- SHAPE magazine | Fashion – Wed, Dec 28, 2011 10:24 AM EST
The classic New Year's Eve outfitRing in 2012 in style! Whether you're going to the "it" event of the year or a casual house party with friends, we've got all your fashion bases covered.Read More »from Found on Pinterest! the Hottest New Year's Eve Outfits
1. Classic New Year's Eve party (pictured at left): For the typical New Year's party, you can never go wrong with a shiny dress and a pair of nude pumps. Just don't forget your bling or to trade in your everyday handbag for a compact clutch.
Party with the upper crust this New Year's Eve.2. Partying with the upper crust: If you're going to a super-fancy party-passed h'orderves, crystal champagne flutes, men in suits or tuxes-go with a showstopping dress or gown and the "it" shoe of the season. Your footwear alone will be a great conversation starter with other party guests.
This outfit is cute, chic, and office appropriate!3. Office holiday party: Transform your usual work ensemble-shorts with tights and heels-to a fun party look by wearing a sequined top, cocktail jewelry that pops, and a cute clutch. You won't look over-the-top, but you sure will be party-ready.
Dance until the sun comes up in this outfit.4. A fun night out: Whether you're out with a date or with your
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 27, 2011 10:02 AM EST
We found the best foods so that you can get on track and refuel your body post-holiday without feeling deprived. Read on for more!
Berry-Yogurt smoothie.1. Berry-yogurt smoothie: Yogurt smoothies aren't just easy to make, but they're also one of the healthiest meals you can eat. Combining frozen fruit, yogurt, honey, orange juice and a banana is a great way to get a nutrient-packed breakfast on the go.
Serves: 1 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: N/A Ingredients
Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
1 cup mixed frozen berries (raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries) 1⁄2 cup nonfat yogurt 1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 2 teaspoons honey 1⁄2 banana (optional)
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Green eggs, no ham!2. Green eggs and ham (minus the ham): Scrambling eggs with sautéed greens Read More »from The Morning-After Meal: Get Back on Track, Post-Holiday