It is the end of the first month of the New Year, how’s everyone doing with those resolutions you made January 1st?  Are you sticking to that diet?  How about sticking to that fitness routine? One way to make Big changes is to start small.  That’s right, Rome wasn’t built in a day! Rather than cutting everything out of your diet (and any eating plan is a diet), maybe you start with your portion size.  You still eat what you like just a little less.  If you want to exercise, schedule it!  Make an appointment with yourself, put it on your calendar!  And again, don’t say you’re going to workout 2 hours/7days a week.  Make it small, doable tasks, such as 15 minutes on a treadmill.  Personally, I don’t like restricting my food choices, I would rather move more, but I do have to put my pug on a diet!  I start by monitoring her treats. I, already, measure out her meals, but those treats can add up. (Of course, this is with the blessing of her Vet.) Our pets can’t monitor their own food intake, it’s up to us as their guardians.  Obesity in pets is on the rise and along with it are diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.  Here at East Paws Pet Services of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, we will administer insulin injections for your cat or heart medications for your dog.  But if you can prevent these diseases by not over feeding your pets, don’t you think you show and you’ll prolong their life, too.  Remember – Food is not Love.  There’s a saying “If your dog is fat, you need to exercise!” If you’re monitoring your diet, don’t forget your furry pal!

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