New Year's Resolutions

How to kick start your New Year's resolution NOW!

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If I had to guess what the No. 1 New Year's resolution most Americans will be making, I bet we could safely say it has to do with health and fitness. As a matter of fact, according to a Nielsen poll, 37% of Americans resolved to stay fit and healthy and 32% would like to lose weight in the new year. So where do you line up here? If it's within the 69%, here are some tips below on how to kick start your new years resolution now! Without the slow start on Jan. 1! But first, whip out those pens and jot down your goals. This is important to list them out, as it will hold yourself accountable.

Prep your body

Before going on any serious diet, you should prep/detox your body. When you detox your body, you are getting rid of waste. Everyone builds waste in their body, no matter how healthy they eat. Your body absorbs toxic chemicals from the air, environment, as well as food. After you start your diet, (and likely start to lose weight), it is important to continue to flush out the toxins. Pesticides and plastics are stored in fatty tissue, and once the weight melts away, those toxins get released in the process.

In order to detox, take a look at your diet. If you know you are putting harmful items in your body you know you are not supposed to: sugar, processed meat & grains, etc. Cut those out asap, for at least 10 days, this will help reduce any cravings you have for that certain food after 10 days. There are several ways to detox, but keeping a clean diet, while drinking juices is a safe detox. There are many fads to "juicing." However often when only drinking juice, with no food, your body is fatigued and always hungry. Be sure to start a natural detox, with whole fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and healthy fats. And when you are looking to make or buy juices, be sure they are filled with plenty fruits and vegetables. Kombucha is another drink you can try while whipping your body into shape. Kombucha has actually become the new hot drink in 2018. It is a fermented tea that has plenty of antioxidants. Kombucha is very beneficial in probiotics and has plenty of health benefits!

Once you prep your body the transition to eat clean will be smooth in the new year! Detoxing also helps kick start your metabolism. And hopefully it won't just become your diet, it'll become your lifestyle!

Bring your spouse or friend along for the ride

Let's face it, breaking out of old habits and into new ones is always much easier with a partner in crime. Try to make it a habit of your household. When everyone that surrounds you is in the same health mind set, as far as diet, exercise…everything, it will make your life much simpler.

Research

Since you are planning far in advance...Do your research! You should research how you want to approach your detox and what juices to make. As well as the most important, (your New Year's Resolution), whichever diet you choose to start in January. Especially the one you are looking to continue as a lifestyle. While doing your research one item you may overlook is your sleep! Be sure in this transition that you are getting a full eight hours of sleep! You don't want to miss out on any hours. Sleep deprivation can increase hunger and make you feel sluggish during your workout. Here are some tips to keep in mind: Stay hydrated, low sodium, try to eliminate sugars and alcohol, do eat veggies, fiber, and protein.

So why wait? Kick start your New Year's Resolutions now. Tons of gyms are doing their promotions now!

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Houston drops the game to Arizona

D-backs outslug Greinke and Astros to take series opener

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With the series win over the Rangers by taking two of three games in the middle of the week, the Astros welcomed the Diamondbacks to Minute Maid Park for a three-game weekend series, Houston's final three regular-season home games. Here is how the opener unfolded:

Final Score: Diamondbacks 6, Astros 3.

Record: 25-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Zac Gallen (2-2, 3.00 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luis Garcia (0-1, 2.53 ERA).

Houston scores first, but Arizona grabs a lead against Greinke

Houston would get on the board first on Friday night, with George Springer reaching base in the bottom of the first on an error, moving to second on a walk, then to third on a single, as the Astros loaded the bases with no out to threaten a big inning. Instead, they would come away with just one run, with Springer taking home on a wild pitch, grabbing the 1-0 lead, but leaving runs on the table.

They doubled their lead in the bottom of the third, getting a two-out RBI-double by Kyle Tucker to make it a 2-0 Houston lead. The D-backs responded in the top of the fourth, getting back-to-back singles to lead off the inning before a three-run homer by Kole Calhoun off of Zack Greinke would put Arizona in front, 3-2. Greinke would finish one more inning before Houston would move to their bullpen, striking out the side to bring his total to nine on the night, making the bad fourth inning the one blemish on his night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 89 P.

Astros tie it, but D-backs take the opener

George Springer would get Greinke off the hook in the bottom of the fifth, leading off the half-inning with a solo bomb to tie the game at 3-3. Luis Garcia was first out of Houston's bullpen and retired Arizona in order for a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the sixth. He returned for the top of the seventh but would allow a leadoff single, RBI-triple, and wild pitch to bring in two runs. He would face two more batters, allowing a double and getting a strikeout, before Dusty Baker would come out to get him, now down 5-3.

Blake Taylor would make his return from the IL after Garcia, getting back-to-back outs to finish the inning. He continued on in the 5-3 game in the top of the eighth, but allowed a one-out solo homer to Calhoun, his second of the night and fourth RBI. That made it a 6-3 D-backs lead, which would go final as Houston would go scoreless after Springer's home run back in the fifth.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will start Saturday at 6:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Luke Weaver (1-7, 6.70 ERA) for Arizona and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.22 ERA) for Houston.

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