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Keeping Track of Your Fitness Resolutions

…be gentle with yourself and take a few small steps that can change your outlook and set you in the right direction for the coming year.

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lived in Los Angeles working in the
entertainment business. She is a
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…be gentle with yourself and take a few small steps that can change your outlook and set you in the right direction for the coming year.

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. How many people do you know who set a resolution and actually keep it? Rather than making grand resolutions to get in shape or lose weight, be gentle with yourself and take a few small steps that can change your outlook and set you in the right direction for the coming year.

There are plenty of free apps to download on your phone that can help. Simply put in your age, height and weight and they will estimate how many calories you need each day to maintain or lose weight. Some of the most popular ones are Lose It! and MyFitnessPal. Try tracking your food intake for just one week. You’ll get a good idea of your habits and where you might need to make some adjustments. You would be surprised to see how many calories are in certain foods, for example, we New Yorkers love our bagels with a schmear, but you’re looking at almost 500 calories!

Another step to take – literally – is to use the fitness app on your phone or get an inexpensive wrist tracker that tells you how many steps you take in a day and how many calories you’re burning. It can be fun to set a goal for a certain number of daily steps and reach it. If you compare your activity with your food intake, you’ll get an even clearer picture of where changes need to be made to reach your goals in a healthy and consistent way.

As far as activity goes, your gym may be closed but there are still plenty of wonderful options to get you moving. Walking is one of the best ways to start; it’s free, easy and lets you be socially distant. Long Island has a wealth of beautiful places to walk, whether you prefer beaches or hiking trails. If it’s cold outside you can still bundle up and take a stroll—it’s refreshing, clears your mind and exciting to watch those steps add up.

YouTube is also an excellent resource for exercise. There are work outs of every kind, for all fitness levels, that target any area of the body. Some videos are as short as eight minutes and will teach you how to do specific exercises safely in the privacy of your own home.             Now is the perfect time to find an activity you enjoy and will stick with a few days a week. Just keep it simple, be gentle and remain aware. Try making these few easy lifestyle changes and you will be on the road to reaching your fitness goals for 2021 and beyond.


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Some Secrets Aren’t Meant to Be Shared

From author Meg Mitchell Moore comes a warm, witty and suspenseful novel filled with small-town secrets, summer romance, big time lies and spiked seltzer. In “Two Truths and A Lie” the leader of an idyllic beach town “mom squad” has made surprising effort to include a new resident and her daughter in typically closed-group activities, though they’re not the only ones she’s been spending more time with. A blend of propulsive thriller and gorgeous summer read, Moore’s latest novel is a reminder that happiness isn’t always a day at the beach, some secrets aren’t meant to be shared and the most precious things are loved ones.

Romantic Adventure Proves Anything Can Happen

No. 1 “New York Times” bestseller Susan Elizabeth Phillips returns to her Chicago Stars series with a romance between a quarterback and one of the world’s greatest opera singers – and a major diva – in “When Stars Collide.” It’s Mozart meets Monday night football as the temperamental soprano and stubborn jock embark on a nationwide tour promoting a luxury watch brand, they engage in soul-searching, trash talk and backstage drama. Threatening letters, haunting photographs and a series of dangerous encounters also complicate their lives and make them wonder if it’s the work of an overzealous fan or something more sinister.

Transatlantic Love Story Raises the Royal Stakes

“New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author Alyssa Cole’s second Runaway Royals novel, “How to Find a Princess,” is an Anastasia-inspired romance featuring a long-lost princess who finds love with the female investigator tasked with tracking her down. When a threat to her grandmother’s livelihood pushes the princess to return to Ibarania, the investigator takes her on a transatlantic adventure. When they finally make it, they realize there’s more at stake than just cash and crown, and the princess must learn what it means to fight for what she desires rather than what she feels bound to by duty.

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