TOPS gives tips to boost self esteem

February is International Boost Self-Esteem Month.

With the blahs that often take their toll during the winter months, this annual observation is a reminder to focus on ways to improve self-image and personal quality of life says TOPS Club.

TOPS, a nonprofit weight-loss support organization, offers these ideas to improve self-esteem when establishing a weight-loss goal and sticking to a plan.

A Healthy Body

Where fitness and healthy eating are concerned, keep these ideas in mind to boost self-esteem:

•Establish realistic and measurable goals for your good health.

•Keep track of calories you consume daily and pay attention to your food choices.

•Exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes of exercise several times a week, to strengthen bones and muscles and to burn calories.

•Partner with a friend on your wellness journey. You can motivate each other.

A Healthy Mind

These tips can help boost morale and help keep you on the path to wellness:

•Join a weight-loss support group that can help you to stay on track to accomplish your goals to wellness.

•Forgive yourself for mistakes but learn from them to avoid making the same misstep more than once.

•Keep track of your progress and consider posting your successes (and failures) online using social media, like Facebook, Twitter, or a personal blog. Praise and support from your friends is a great motivator.

•Compliment yourself regularly, either in a journal or by looking in the mirror and saying something you like about yourself.

•Treat yourself to something special, like a pedicure or a new piece of costume jewelry.

TOPS Club was founded more than 64 years ago and is a nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss organization.

It promotes successful weight management with a “Real People. Real Weight Loss.” philosophy that combines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise, and wellness information.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Membership is affordable at just $28 per year in the U.S. and $32 per year in Canada, plus nominal chapter fees.

To find a local chapter, view or call 800-932-8677.

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