“Wrapping” it up!

The end of the year is just around the corner and not only are we wrapping up our gifts but also tying up loose ends at work and/or tidying up the home before family or friends arrive. Not only that, you may also be working hard on finishing up this Holiday Challenge.

At the beginning of November, I challenged everyone to a Holiday weight loss challenge in hopes to kick off the New Year without weight gain and possibly even some weight loss. I have been giving tips each week to help you to stay on track with your goals. Take some time to review these tips as we are nearing the end of the challenge.

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Celebrating Success

As we look forward to the New Year and start to think about our resolutions for 2012, it’s important to reflect on this past year. Looking back helps us to realize that though there are struggles and challenges, we have been able to accomplish a lot of good things as well. Every year, the NCMC Bariatric Department gets the opportunity to put on a Christmas Gala for their patients as part of the monthly Bariatric Support Group. This has always been a great time of celebration for those who have been able to accomplish their yearly goals.

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Staying Active: Part II

Last week, the challenge was to get back into shape with some suggestions for physical activity in the form of aerobic activity. Remember, we need at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 5 times a week. You can break it up into 10 minute bursts three times a day if you prefer.

Besides aerobic exercise, it is important to incorporate strength training and stretching into our exercise routine. Strength training is good for building strong muscles and bones, reducing body fat, and can improve your ability to lift and carry objects. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn. Stretching is important for improving flexibility and preventing injury while exercising.

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