Ah, it's February: the month of love poems, flowers, and romance. In the process of going from a very happy-to-be-on-the-couch “before” to a can’t-get-enough-veggies “after,” I’ve found that falling in love with healthy living is very much like falling in love with a person. So rather than stress about all the mixed signals and cryptic text messages, shift your focus and apply all the rules of dating to your health and fitness goals.
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Before you start dating, you have to think about what you’re looking for in a relationship: Someone to grow old with? A date to your cousin’s wedding? Just a fling? Once you figure that out, you can decide whether you should join an online dating site
or just hit up the local bar at last call. In the same way, you should figure out what you want from a health and fitness plan.
Do you want to get in shape and stay in shape for the next 10 years? Lose 5 pounds by your cousin’s wedding in August? Lose 20 pounds by your high school reunion next weekend? (We don’t recommend that last one.) Once you know what you want, it’s easier to figure out the best way to get it.