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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff -- Especially the Last Five Pounds

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I know we do a lot of talking about how to lose those stubborn 5 pounds and/or how to keep them off but really if 5 extra pounds is all you have you are doing pretty good. It is so very important to watch what you eat and to get in your physical activity so you can live long, healthy lives, however 5 pounds is not worth obsessing over.

I know fitDiva Lara has talked about this a couple of times. Life is full of so many things that it makes it hard to stay balanced. It is important to evaluate everything you have on your plate and really put them in order of importance. Family, friends, careers, paying bills, keeping your house in order, taking care of issues of all kinds, traveling, possibly moving, etc., etc. There are so many areas that need our attention that life can get overwhelming. Worrying yourself sick over 5 little pounds is really unnecessary.

Yes, your health should be at the top of your important list, but there is a difference between health and obsession. If you are stressing yourself over 5 pounds or 1 dress size, that is not healthy. It is not healthy for you and it is not healthy for those around you especially your children. Exercise, eat right, and teach your children to exercise and eat right, but try not to teach them to obsess. Let them have a treat or two, let yourself, and then don't beat yourself up over it or exercise an extra 2 hours the next day because of it. Try not to teach them that it is the numbers on the scale that matter as much as it is the numbers on their blood work.

Food is not an enemy, and it is often thought that it is. It can bring a lot of misery to people when really it shouldn't and often it is considered "forbidden" which makes it more tempting. If you develop a healthy attitude towards food, your health and your weight, it will be easier for your children to adopt that same attitude and you all will allow yourself to be happier.

I feel like my thoughts are kind of scattered today, but my point is hopefully clear. Make the important things count, don't sweat the small stuff. Be healthy, be fit and enjoy life.


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