Welcome to the February 18th episode of This [email protected] Your source for weekly updates on what’s happening at Columbia Association. Now for this week’s updates Columbia Association’s first annual Watershed Advisory Committee Speaker’s Forum will take place on Thu, Feb. 21, from 7 to 9pm at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. The forum will consist of creative insights on how to effectively “slow the flow” of rainwater runoff and the imminent stormwater utility fee. For more information, please visit watershed-speakers-forum.eventbrite.com. CA is looking for a resident to fill an at-large position on the Architectural Resource Committee. Applicants must have a background in covenant enforcement, architecture or other appropriate experience Have their principal residence on CA-assessed property And shall maintain their property in compliance with the covenants. The appointment is for one year. Letters of interest should be sent by Feb. 22 to [email protected] CA’s Sister Cities Summer 2013 High School Exchange deadline is coming up! Applicants must be high school students residing in Howard County And must have completed high school level three of French or Spanish By the end of the current academic year or have the equivalent language fluency. Prices for the exchange vary. And more information can be found at ColumbiaAssociation.org/teens Hi, this is Bonnie Pace, elite personal trainer and certified nutritional coach for Columbia Association. I’m affiliated with a couple of our weight management programs here: Dare to Lose and Optimal Health. Today, we are going to talk a little bit about New Year’s Resolutions and what people generally put on their New Year’s Resolutions is to diet. “This year I’m going to diet” “This year I’m going to finally lose that last ten pounds” And what I want to tell you is, if there is one thing you should do this year, it is to ditch the diet. Diet should become a four letter word. If there is one good takeaway from the next couple of minutes I’m going to give you, it’s diets are not good for you. Here’s why: diets have a start date and an end date And what we really want is to be healthy for a lifetime, not just for the next two months not just for the next six weeks, or as long as you can maintain that diet. Diets sometimes ask you to do really crazy things like cut out a complete food group for a really not good reason. Diets can also ask you to drastically cut your calories. This is really not healthy because, for one reason, it slows your metabolism which is the exact opposite of what we’re trying to do. Your body doesn’t really understand that you’re just trying to fit in a smaller sized jeans It doesn’t realize that you have a refrigerator full of food. What your body thinks is famine, slow down, hold onto the fat which is really the opposite of what we want to achieve. Also, dieting can damage your metabolism. It’s something that when you go over and over again each time you go through that diet cycle, it makes it that much harder to lose weight the next time Another thing diets do is they make you lose weight, especially when you lose weight quickly, as water and muscle. This is really the opposite of what we want. If anything, we want to retain our muscle. Our muscle is what dictates our metabolism. So sometimes when you diet and you lose that weight quickly, and then after the diet’s over and you start eating like you normally eat and you put that weight back on, you don’t always put that weight back on as muscle. You generally put it back on as fat. So here’s what happens. Over the course of – let’s say three years – maybe you dieted last year and you dieted the year before and each time you’re successful in losing that ten pounds with whatever that diet was and then you kind of slip back into your old habits and the ten pounds came back on. so if you’ve done that three times, over the past three years, you get on a scale and say I’m the exact same weight I was three years ago, why am I so much fatter It’s because, what you did was you lost the weight as muscle, as water. You put the weight back on as fat. The bottom line is add more vegetables into your diet Move a little more. Eat things that should be eaten occasionally, ocassionally – meaning once a week and not once a day. And if you’re looking for more information on any of our weight management programs, feel free to stop by the front desk of any of our gyms I’m Bonnie Pace, thanks. And now what’s coming up soon: It’s never too early to start training for the triathlon season! Columbia Association’s BeMore Tri-Coaching will be hosting an Indoor Triathlon Challenge On Sunday, March 10 at Supreme Sports Club. This is a non competitive indoor triathlon for beginners through advanced triathletes To have a fun triathlon experience while getting a head start on the racing season. The challenge is open to participants ages 11 And up and must meet a height requirement of at least 4 feet 11 inches. You must register by March 3 and can do so online at ColumbiaAssociation.org/login Or call Supreme Sports Club at 410-381-5355. That’s wraps up this episode of This [email protected]! See you next week Columbia!