Healthy Resolutions by Sarah Van Peenen

Read below as Sarah, the secretary of Operation Beautiful, offers advice about the beginning of 2013 and the new year resolutions that come with it.  Sarah gives tips about setting healthy resolutions, instead of unrealistic and harmful ones.  Take a look!
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Occupied machinery, lines at the jac-card desk, occasionally having to wait to even enter the cardio room…..if you’ve been to UREC at all over the past few weeks you know exactly what I’m talking about. The only thing that can explain the spontaneous overflow of gym rats is the ringing in of a new year. As frustrating as it is to go into a completely and sometimes overly packed gym, it’s inspiring! So many new years resolutions are being carried through before the work load gets heavy. If getting fit or leading a healthier lifestyle is one of your resolutions, good for you! Don’t forget a couple important things to incorporate in your new healthy lifestyle.
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1. There are no bad foods! Once you realize that, you won’t feel like you have to limit yourself or cut certain things out because they’re “not healthy”. What IS bad is eating foods in copious amounts. MODERATION is key!!
2. Exercise is important! Figure out what y0u like to do. Not what is going to burn the most calories. If you enjoy it, it won’t be such a burden and you’ll see the results.
3. Just like eating foods that you like, exercise should be done in moderation as well. Don’t make it your life, but don’t completely avoid it.
4. If you want to succeed, set realistic goals for yourself. When I don’t make it to the gym on a day I was planning to, I don’t sweat it. Sometimes there are other priorities that are more important.
5. Even the healthiest health nuts splurge. When I do, I just promise to do something good for my body the next day. I don’t beat myself up anymore because that only makes it worse.
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So! Think about foods you consider “bad” and try to incorporate them into your diet moderately and in a way you can thoroughly enjoy them without worrying about how many calories there are. Try finding a workout buddy to come with you to your favorite fitness classes or practices. Before you know it, you’re going to be an expert on living a healthy lifestyle.
-Sarah V.
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Meet Our Exec: Hannah

Hannah Foley
ImagePosition: President
Studying: Health Communications 

“I think that a healthy body image is so important because when our vision is clouded by concerns for the way we look, we lose sight of the important things in life, our relationships with our family and friends, and our true priorities fall out of line. We often forget that “perfect” is not “real” – you are enough, just the way you are! Confidence and healthy body image bring out the best self we can be and once we can accept ourselves, we are capable of achieving anything – A happy you is a beautiful you”

“I hope that this club and this blog can share the importance of being healthy and being able to maintain positive body image. My goal is to teach others how valuable it is to have a healthy body image and the amazing impact it can have on your life. I hope that by spreading this message we will be able to change the conversation around body image by rejecting fat talk and eliminating the obsession around the thin ideal on this campus and in our everyday lives!”

Meet Our Exec: Maddie

Maddie Hankin

ImagePosition: Event Coordinator
Studying: Hospitality Management

“Body image is one of those ideas that is brought up or thought about on a day to day basis. People seem to have an idea of what the “perfect” body image is supposed to be however, who is to say what’s perfect. Maintaining a good diet, regular amount of exercise and a positive attitude helps contribute to what a healthy body image is and how it can be achieved. In my mind healthy means happy; no one can take that happiness away. It is up to the individual to take control and strive for that healthy and happy lifestyle they deserve.”

“I plan to put on social events to promote the club and what it is we are here to do. Our focus is to promote positive body image so I will be helping spread the understanding of what that exactly means and allow JMU students to join in our activities to help us spread the knowledge as well.”

Don’t Be Defined By A Number

While watching Family Feud on a late Tuesday night, I saw this Special K commercial. It speaks the truth: all our life we’ve been defined by a number – our weight, size, height, etc. Special K says they believe in a more powerful motivation, like pride, joy, and self-esteem. How will you let yourself be defined? Don’t let numbers define you.

Operation Beautiful at JMU

Logo2013 is just around the corner, and this means that Operation Beautiful will be officially kicking-off at James Madison University.  We encourage you to take interest and participate in our efforts.  Keep an eye out for our logo (above).  Our fabulous exec members will be proudly wearing it around campus!  Ask us about our efforts!
Love, Operation Beautiful