3 things to start off the New Year right... 1. Be realistic - Set goals that you can reach, set a short term goal (8 weeks of this challenge) and a long term goal for a little farther off. Remember baby steps. We'll get it done! 2. Make time for yourself- It's ok to say NO in order to put yourself first. If you don't take control of your time, someone else will control your time for you. 3. Persevere - Decide to do well on this challenge, then follow thru. Change is typical - If you wait for the perfect moment it will NEVER happen. Do it now. I have some tips that I'd like to share that have helped me and many successful healthy people lose weight and keep it off. 1. Limit your starchy carbohydrate intake in the evenings. We are mostly sedentary during the evening hours, why load up on carbs (energy foods) when we are most sedentary? They just turn to fat when we sleep. 2. Limit stress - stress limits weight loss. Stress leads to our hunger being out of control. Meditate, exercise, adequate rest, practice positive self talk to limit stress and keep control of our hunger. 3. Eat Less,Move More-Use www.myfitnesspal.com or journal to log all of your eating and exercise during this challenge. EAT LESS, MOVE MORE. 4. Drink more water-80% of all headaches are from lack of hydration.According to the center of disease control and prevention we need at minimum 64 ounces of water everyday. This is dependent on our body weight, if you weigh more you need more water.Water helps prevent arthritis and pack pain.Water improves your immune system.Water prevents memory loss.Water keeps your skin soft and hydrated.Water reduces aging effects.