Most of you know by now that I teach fitness classes at a gym and am big into being healthy. There is a huge difference between being healthy and always being on a diet.

Diets are meant to take weight off fast. If you immediately revert back to the way you were eating prior to your weight loss, obviously, you will put the weight back on. You don't need a diet. You need a lifestyle change.

If you simply change a few things here and there with your eating habits, you will notice a change. Instead of fried chicken, choose grilled. Instead of buying a pizza, make one with whole grain flat bread and vegetables. Eat more protein. There are a million little things you can do but the bottom line is, dieting isn't the answer for long term health.

The same thing doesn't work for everyone and you have to find your own balance. It took me quite a while and it was a struggle but I'm proud to say, I think I've finally made it. You don't have to stop eating the things you love either. I LOVE french fries. Anyone who has ever gone out to eat with me knows this. I never pass up french fries and I know they aren't healthy for me but I don't eat them every day. I don't even workout every single day anymore. Why don't I do this? Well, honestly, it wasn't working.

You need a healthy balance of food, "good" and "bad" and exercise. If you are putting food into your mouth, you need to exercise. You wouldn't go a week without eating so why would you go a week without exercising? Make it a priority. You get one life and your health should be one of your top priorities. If you change your lifestyle to include healthy habits, you will feel better, look better, and live longer.

I don't eat the way I do or workout for anyone else. When I look in the mirror, the only person that's starring back at me is myself. If she's not happy, then I'm not happy. Do yourself a favor and think about the little things you can change to make your health more of a priority! Here's to a healthier Southern Tier!