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Q: I can’t stick with weight loss attempts. What am I doing wrong?

Posted January 01, 2014 in Advice Column, Ames

A: This is the time of year when we look for a fresh start and unfortunately many of us fall off our wagons of good intentions. Here are my top three recommendations to make 2014 better than all the rest:

• Change the way you think about weight. Shift your focus from weight to health including your fitness level and cholesterol numbers. Could your HDL (good cholesterol) be higher? How long can you hold a plank position? Making progress has to be measurable. Make it a challenge to improve your numbers other than the ones on the scale.

• Stop being a slave to your scale. Start getting in touch with how your clothes fit as opposed to a number on the scale. When we weigh daily we continue a vicious reward and punishment cycle that often sabotages our good intentions to make healthy choices. If you insist on weighing yourself, make it once a week at most.

• Believing is seeing. Create a wellness vision for yourself in 2014. Close your eyes and see the person you want to be. Who are you with? What are you doing? What are you wearing? Clip pictures from magazines that speak to you and arrange them on a dream board. What is your “theme” for 2014?

Information provided by Nicole Arnold, Hy-Vee, 3800 Lincoln Way, Ames, 515-292-5543,

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