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Being healthy and happy beats being skinny

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Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 12:00 am

Dear T2T: Every year I make the same New Years resolution to lose weight and every year I fail. It makes me just want to give up. I have some friends that have lost weight and look really good even though they aren’t naturally skinny, but I just can’t seem to get there. Have any of you struggled with weight? How do you get thin? I just can’t seem to stick to any program. — Resolution fail

Dear Resolution Fail,

We here at T2T totally understand where you are coming from. Even those of us who are “naturally thin” struggle with being happy with our bodies. We think that the key is to be realistic about your body shape and to just focus on being healthy instead of being skinny. We all watch things like the Victoria’s Secret fashion show and then compare ourselves to standards that are not realistic. We are all made different and beauty comes from who we are, not just how we look. We would suggest that you change your resolution to being healthy and happy with who you are one day at a time. Instead of making your resolution a weight loss goal, make it about your overall health and happiness. Try to do little things like drinking more water, drinking less soda or coffee drinks and cutting back on bread, pasta or sugar. You don’t have to do it all at once. Just pick one thing to focus on and do that for a few weeks until the behavior comes more naturally. It’s always good to start a new year trying to cut out negative behaviors. Focus on your good traits and don’t dwell on things you aren’t or can’t have. Trust us when we say that a beautiful personality comes before a beautiful body! We wish you a healthy, safe and happy 2014.

Your friends at T2T

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