By banning the TV, cell phone, and computer from her meals, Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed., a psychotherapist based in Sarasota, Florida, eats less. “Dining without distraction keeps me focused on my eating behaviors and helps me really taste my food,” says Koenig, author of Nice Girls Finish Fat. Being mindful at mealtime helped her gradually lose pounds and keep them off without dieting.
6. Vary your activities.To avoid exercise plateaus, Dr. Peeke says, it’s important to introduce your body to new challenges. “I challenge myself by varying intensity, intervals, and workouts,” she says. Taking a new class, such as Curves Circuit with Zumba, is a perfect way to wake up your muscles and recharge your metabolism. “Even working out to new music and adding some running intervals to your daily walks can change things,” Dr. Peeke says. “It’s all about looking for healthy fun.”
“This may mean choosing a running or walking trail with more hills, parking farther away from a destination, biking instead of driving, or simply taking a longer route to a co-worker’s desk,” Mitchell says.
Striking a balance between work and family is a priority for Nadia Rodman, RD, director of nutrition for Curves. “Even though I love my work, it can get stressful,” Rodman says. “When I am not at work, my e-mail on my phone is off. I need that break from work to enjoy life.”