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Subject- Home Runs, Issue #2013-2 - Be energized for Spring
March 20, 2013

How to Lose Weight for Spring Break

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I know how you feel on this one. My daughter joined a new sport in the winter, and I gained 5 pounds! This sneaks up on a lot of us and it did on me.

What happened? I was splurging (an extra sweet or two) on a regular basis - more than I realized. I was inactive a lot more (hours of extra driving and sitting half the day in gyms). I was still exercising which kept my weight gain to just a few pounds.

Here's my plan to lose that winter weight:

1 - Drink a little more water.

2 - Snack on only healthy food (no splurges on snacks, but I can still have dessert at night).

3 - Increase my exercise intensity a little. For me, that's doing intervals on the treadmill - walking and jogging. (I was so tired in the winter, I was just walking. I can burn a few more calories by adding some jogging.)

4 - Have realistic weight loss goals. 1-2 pounds per week. So far I'm on track; I've been losing 1/2 pound a day.

Click here to reinforce the basics of a healthy-weight lifestyle plan.

Easter Dinner Recipes

Soon, we'll be celebrating Easter.

How do you make your family happy but also have a healthy meal?

Here are recipes that are tested and approved by our family. You may be surprised by the bread recipe!

Click here for Easter Dinner Recipes.

Confused about Carbs?

Carbohydrates really got a bad reputation lately. Should you avoid them? No.

You brain uses only carbs. Repeat after me, "Carbs are good!"

But carbs are not all created equally. GOOD carbs will digest slowly, keep you full longer, and have a smaller effect on your blood sugar.

You're welcome to print out our comprehensive Carb Chart. There's also a link to the US goverment's enormous carb chart. Ours is summarized and divided by categories, which make it easy to use.

New Running Section

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Spring sunshine and warmer temperatures make us want to breathe fresh air as we exercise.

I'm really proud of our new website section on Running.

We just talked about burning extra calories by running. Investigate just how many calories you burn in your jogging workout.

Dr. Dave's How to Start Running is one of the best on the internet. It's realistic and motivating.

The hardest part to starting running is getting over that painful "hump" until you're used to jogging. Dr. Dave shares sample workouts to get you there.

You can experience that happy "runner's high" and weight loss from your workouts.

See you next time . . .

We'll see you again around Summer.

Get a jump on losing winter weight . . .

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