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30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge Day 17: The Balancing Act

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Deborah Day is a lifestyle and entertainment writer and editor. Former editor in chief of and executive editor of, she has been published on,,, and other media sites, as well as in Maxim, Interview and Time Out NY magazines.
30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge Day 17: The Balancing Act
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Balance. It's essential if you want to reach your goals. Tracking your nutrition and focusing on your fitness are critical, but you need to balance your fitness routine and your life. You're working hard, and you're in the zone. It's common to make your transformation the primary focus of your attention, but don't take on too much at once.

You're juggling a lot. You're working to replace old habits with new ones that support your new healthier lifestyle, but you don't need to change everything at once. It's not all or nothing.

How to Find Balance and Be Healthy

Like the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race. Don't overwhelm yourself by attempting a complete life overhaul. You'll have greater success if you make small, meaningful changes and build from there. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

Manage your expectations and set yourself up for long-term success. For example, you're not going to get six-pack abs, run a marathon and cook and eat five healthy, perfectly balanced meals a day — all in your first month. While that's wonderfully ambitious, it's not realistic.

Be kind to yourself and use your resources to achieve and maintain balance. You've got an arsenal of tools at your disposal, including the LIVESTRONG.COM community to provide support and accountability to help you out. A balanced approach will help tip the scales in your favor — toward success.

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Why the MyPlate Calorie Tracker Helps You Lose Weight

Documenting your food and activity might seem like overkill, but it’s not. People who track their calories and physical activities enjoy greater success losing weight and keeping it off for good!

Tracking everything honestly is essential to making the 30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge work for you. Sometimes you’re not even aware of everything you consume, but once you start tracking it, you’ll think twice before you make poor choices. And that’s a good thing!

With LIVESTRONG.COM’s free MyPlate Calorie Tracker — available on desktop and for iOS and Android devices — you can track it all:

  • Daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacks
  • Exercise and activity
  • Weight
  • Water/hydration
  • BMI (Body Mass Index)

Read More on How to Find Balance

Readers — Are you joining us in the 30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge? If so, what's your weight-loss goal? Have you ever done a weight-loss challenge group before? How did it go? Have you joined our LIVESTRONG.COM Challenge Group on Facebook? Leave a comment below and let us know.


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