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P Section D HaysFreePress.com ! - CLASSIFIEDS PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY January 20, 2010 Page 1D Keep your New Year's resolutions / ::: .: : i h BUDA T TapPy NewYear II"- everyone, I can't !! J.believe it is already 2010. Along with the New Year comes the infamous NewYear's Resolution. After the guilt and indulging of all the holiday treats, most resolutions pertain to weight loss or living a healthier lifestyle. It begins with the overwhelming excitement that this is a new year, a new day and the beginning of a lifestyle change. Which is fantastic, but most often individuals are quick to stray offthe path and revert back to their old ways within a couple of months. If you're beginning to revert I hope this article finds you in time for a couple of tips to keep you motivated and walking on that path to a healthier lifestyle. First and foremost, be patient with expectations. Most people have an idea in their head that they want to loose "x" number of pounds in "x" amount of days. Goals are essential in any weight loss or health program, but you don't want to set your- self up for failure. Begin with a true self-evaluation of your fitness level and eating habits. If you're not sure or would like someone else's assessment, I would recommend a personal trainer at your local gym. After your assessment, be- gin with small changes that will result in a healthy and safe progression to your . goals. A quick fix could lead to possible injuries from a workout by trying to do too much at your current fitness level and promote a yo-yo diet effect. Next, make your work- outs fun and change it up. A lot of folks stray from exercising because they get bored with their workouts. It is most importantto find active activities that you enjoy. That's part of the excitement in changing to a healthy lifestyle. In your quest for health you might find new hobbies or things that you were unable to do before. If you need a little help getting steered in the right direction here are a couple of ideas: hitting the hike and bike trails at local park systems, kayaking, shooting hoops, attend- ing exercise classes at your local gym; yoga, pflates, or playing with the kids in the backyard. If none of those work try a couple of ses- sions with a personal trainer for new creative ideas. Last and probably the most important is to remember the old saying "you are what you eat." I can't stress enoug h how im- portant it is to nourish your body with healthy food: Practice the same principl with the workouts, keep it fun and change it up. Here are a couple of tips to help guide your food selection: If you're trying to loose fat, then don't eat a lot of fat. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that you get from fish and nuts are good, but tryXo refrain from the saturated fats mad items with hydro- genated oil. Usually the more color the food has the more nutrients it contains (ex red peppers, carrots, spinach, strawberries, sweet potatoes, etc.). Whole grain and fiber items are very good for long lasting energy. The essential com- ponent with food selection and losing weight is taking it easy on the sugar as much as possible. Good luck to all those on the weight loss journey! Drink lots of water and keep local parks in mind for your exercise needs! PHOTO BY TERRY CAPPS Wayne Kramer, Kate Williams and Julie Williams (left to right) place their bets at the Buda Chamber's Lone Star Safari Awards Banquet Saturday night. A Safari of sorts Buda Area Chamber of Commerce hosts annual bash BY JEN BIUNO0 jen@haysfreepress.com he Buda Area Chamber of Commerce roared its way through the 2010 Lone Star Safari Awards Banquet this week- end with dinner, dancing, a silent auction and casino games. About 250 members of the local business community turned out to the event Saturday at the Texas Dis- posal Systems Exotic Game Ranch. U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett and State Representative Patrick Rose made an appearance. The event is the main fundraiser for the Buda Chamber. 2010 BACC AWARDS: Businessperson of the year - Hank Gerdes, State Farm Insur- ance Small business of the year-- Shear Impressions Salon Largebusiness of the year - Hays Communities YMCA Volunteers of the year - Jim and Sally Fletcher for their work with the Lions Club Citizen of the Year - Buda Fire Chief Clay Huckaby COURTESY PHOTO Terry Capps shows off a string of tickets he won on the casino tables. The tickets were used in prize drawings at the end of the night PHOTO BY JEN BIUNDO ' , PHOTO BY TERRY CAPPS Buda Fire Chief Clay Huckaby (left) accepts his Citizen of the Year award from" Destini Doherty shows off the Colts Jersy she won in the chamber president Dick Schneider. , silent auction. "=PHOTO BY TERRY CAPPS Animal pdnt .was the order of the night, as modeled by Julie 'Williams and Wendy DeVries. Some, like Eric Devries, stuck with argyle. PHOTO BY TERRIY CAPPS Buda Drugstore owner Tammy Gray and husband  en)joy their success at the casino tablles. PHOTO BY TERRY CAPPS TDS employees Duane Oltmann and Sarah Ledoux helped make the night a success. Foreclosure stats signal recovery BY JIN BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com Though foreclosure rates remain elevated in Hays County, 2010 has brought the first small hint of the , possibility of recove This week the county re- leased the list of properties scheduled for the February auction. For the first time in 14 months, the number of foreclosure postings is lower than the year prior. The 127 properties listed this 'month represent a scant two per- cent decrease fom the 130 postings last February. Last month saw 147 list- ings, a 62 percent increase from the 91 postings in Jan- uary of 2009. Foreclosure listings spiked in early 2009, mir- roring a nation-wide trend in the housing market. The " year closed with more than 1500 listings, a 57 percent increase over 2008. Economists suggest that the market may begin to pick up again this spring. BIZ NOTES STAFF REPORTS There are plenty of new businesses in the works in north Hays County. Tuscany Park Apartment Complex Will hold its grand ribbon cutting on Jan. 26 from 11.30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The apartments are located on Overpass Road just east of IH-35. Comfort Suites Buda will also celebrate its grand opening next week with a bash from 5- 7 p.m. on Jan. 28. The 72-room hotel is located at 15295 IH-35 and includes 13,000 feet of meeting space. Therapy Center of Buda, specializ]flg in pediatric speech,language, and oc- cupational therapy, opened its doors in Buda earlier this month. The occupational therapy section of the clinic is expected to open as early as February 2010. Speech- language pathologist Amy Ranle is co-owner of the new ousiness. Terry Capps has been hired by Javier Ledesma, dba lackson-Hewitt Tax Service, as Director of Mar- keting Consultant. Terry oversee the marketing of Iackson-Hewitt Tax Ser- vice locally. Some old businesses are also making a comeback. The Motley Menagerie, a tea room, caf, gift shop and resale boutique, is back in its old location on Center Street in Kyle. Its hours are Tuesday hhrough Thurs- day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., featuring a dinner menu and live music, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 t.m. with a breakfast buf- An older local business is trying to get students who volunteer to apply for scholarships. Time Wmner Cable is seeking seniors to honor in their Rising Hero scholarship program. TWC wants to laonor those stu- dents who go the extra mile in making the community a better place. Scholarship information cm be found at the college counselor's omce at Hays or Lehman hi schools. texas Gas Service re- minds everyone that they can expect higher than nor- mal heating bills, due to the recent cold snap. Cus- t6mers should take normal precautions to reduce their consumption, including common-sense conserva- tion steps - cleaning filters, stopping dr_afty_ Windows anddoors and lowering the thermostat when no one is at home or during the night. Texas Gas Service also offers an average bill calculation olan, which spreads con- sumption over a 12-month period. Contact the service for more information. The same service is also offered by Pedernales Elec- tric Co-op. Co-op members can call orgo by [ocal offices to sign up tor rials service.