The healthy you for 2012

Annette Sym
Annette Sym Cade Mooney

THIS is the perfect time to start fresh and new with your weight loss efforts. 

Let's look at what ways you can make 2012 the best year ever.

Here are my tips:

1. Take your life into your own hands and be responsible for your actions.

Take a fresh new look at how you live your life.

What areas do you think need improving?

If you want to make changes to your health then you must change some of the habits that have caused you to be unhealthy in the first place.

Be honest with yourself and let go of whatever is holding you back.

2. It seems so easy to gain weight but when you try to lose the weight it can seem a huge task.

No matter how difficult you think it is, being overweight is harder.

I guarantee that it is worth the effort in the end if you want to be rid of those extra rolls and bulges.

You deserve to have unlimited energy and good health so start now!

3. Set realistic goals for 2012 that are achievable.

You may need to make better food choices, cut down on your portion sizes and give up some unhealthy habits that have been weighing you down.

I guarantee what you will gain from being healthier is worth the effort.

4. Habits may need to be look at and reassessed.

What do you need to change to be able to move forward with your healthy goals for 2012? If you don?t make any changes, nothing will change.

5. Look at ways to keep motivated so you don't give up.

Look at the positive things that you will gain instead of focusing on the negative.

Surround yourself with like minded people and take things day by day, bit by bit, kilo by kilo.

6. Set your mind to whatever it is you want to achieve.

If this is the year that you want to lose weight and get healthy then you must change your thinking and actions.

If you do what a healthy person does you can and you will become one.

7. Remember no one is perfect so if you fall down pick yourself up and start again.

It's when you give up that you fail.

8. If you want to have a toned body then you must make time for exercise in your week.

Being a healthy person is not only about what you eat but also how active you are so make this a top priority.

Aim for at least 4-5 times a week as this will help you reach your goal weight.

If you are a busy person then write in your diary the days and times you will work out otherwise it may not happen.

9. Stop talking about it and just do it! If you believe that you can achieve your goal then you can, but if you have little or no faith in your ability then you are doomed to fail.

Forget all those failed diets from the past, today is what counts.

Look to your future with good intentions, I know you can do it.

10. Make 2012 your year to be the best you can be.

All you have to do is get started and don't stop until you reach where you want to go.

Make this your year to shine, your year to be all you want to be.

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Beef Tortilla Stack: Recipe from Symply Too Good To Be True, Book 3

Serves: 8

  • Cooking spray
  • 600g very lean beef mince
  • 1 cup onion finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic (in jar)
  • ½ cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup capsicum small diced
  • 1 x 415g can no added salt crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons no added salt tomato paste
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt-reduced chicken-style stock powder (Massel®)
  • 2 tablespoons salt-reduced taco seasoning (Old El Paso®)
  • 5 tortilla sheets
  • ½ cup 25% reduced-fat grated tasty cheese

Preheat oven to 180ºC fan forced.

In a large saucepan coated with cooking spray sauté mince.

When cooked drain and place in a bowl, leave to one side.

Add all the remaining ingredients to saucepan except the tortilla sheets and cheese.

Bring mixture to boil, simmer 10 minutes.

Remove 1 cup of the tomato sauce and leave to one side (this will go on the top).

Add the mince back into the remaining sauce and bring to boil.

Coat a quiche or pie plate with cooking spray and lay 1 tortilla sheet on base and spread 1½ cups of mince sauce over sheet, repeat this 3 times.

Top with last tortilla sheet and cover with reserved tomato sauce, sprinkle cheese over top.

Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese has browned.

Variation: Replace beef mince with 600g very lean chicken mince.


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