Unlike my friend and co-worker, Lauren, I don't usually make New Year's Resolutions because I don't like setting myself up for failure. (In case you didn't see the breaking news last week: No one keeps their resolutions, ever.) But I do think the new year is a good time to take stock of the ways you could, theoretically, improve your life, even if they're just small changes here and there.
One simple mantra I really like -- and would like to follow more in the new year -- is "Eat Healthy + Move More = Live Healthy." It's what CNN's Fit Nation initiative is all about. Back in November, I attended the Fit Nation Solution Summit here in NYC, where Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent (and our next Surgeon General?) led a discussion with food & fitness experts about how to fight the obesity crisis in America. Each offered 5 tips for healthier living, which you can find here -- and see below for a few of my favorite photos and tidbits from the event.
Growing up, cookbook author Rachael Ray loved corn on the cob so much, "I would cry when my mother would take the cob away." Rachael suggests following the Blue Food Rule: "If it didn't come out of the ground blue, don't eat it."
Swimmer Eric Shanteau swears that despite being an Olympian, his life is not that glamorous: "I spend my life staring at a black line, running into walls." (And yes, Olympic swimmers really do eat that much: 7,000 calories per day would be a "safe guess," he says; on the heaviest training days, they can shovel in up to 8,000 or 9,000 cals.)
Even Jillian Michaels, fitness trainer from NBC's The Biggest Loser, has pretended to tie her shoes while taking a breather from running -- embarrassed that passing drivers would recognize her and say, "Did Jillian Michaels just stop running?"
So, now that we're approaching a week into the new year, spill: Did you break your resolution already? Are you still trying to come up with one? Or are you like me, sitting on the fence, pledging to better yourself -- but in a completely non-committal way?