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Some people don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. I tend to be one of those people because I don’t want to set myself up for failure. I’ve accepted that at some point I will likely find myself elbow deep in a bag of potato chips or crying, wine in hand, through whatever Netflix series I’m binge-watching at the time.

Joking aside, I do believe we should take the opportunity to improve ourselves whenever an opportunity presents. Whether it is in lieu of a new year, new habits or new perspectives, we are all on our own journey of self-improvement.

To determine the healthy habits I really want to have, I leaned on the advice of celebrity personal trainer and fitness guru, Erin Oprea. (If she can help transform Carrie Underwood and other red-carpet celebrities, I figured she might be able to take me on.) Looking for small, realistic habits to slowly incorporate into working out, I was inspired by the manageable suggestions Erin gave me for the year ahead:

Snack Smart

Sometimes our diets can kill our social lives. We all know the pain of abstaining when you’re out with friends at a restaurant. Erin’s tip? Say yes to dinner and eat before you go out! By eating ahead of time, you’re able to stick with your healthy lifestyle. You can still order something off the menu, but you’ll be much less likely to fall victim to your cravings.

Keep Moving

Regardless of your workout regimen, you should still aim to achieve the experts-recommended 10,000 steps a day. Workouts are important too, but both need to be accomplished. Focus on movement throughout the day. Take the dog out on a walk through the park or rake your leaves in your yard. You can even work steps into your normal day-to-day activities. Instead of fighting for that front-row parking spot, park in the back. Before you check out at a store, make an extra lap through the aisles or visit each department again. You’ll have 10,000 steps in no time!

Prep Meals

Take an hour a week and prep your food. You may think you do not have time to prep food for an entire week, but when you come home exhausted or in a time crunch, you’ll be thankful you did. By planning and prepping your meals ahead, you are not only setting yourself up for making healthy choices all week, you’re saving both time spent worrying and money on wasted ingredients.

Wishing you the best in the year ahead. May we all be the best versions of ourselves in 2017.

Karen