One tip: Use a pedometer and try to reach a goal of 10,000 to 15,000 steps a day. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

(18) You absolutely, positively have no time to work out? How about a 10-minute walk — five minutes in one direction, then turn around — in the morning, at noon and when you get home at night? Be careful, though. You just might inspire yourself.

(19) Register to walk a half marathon. You can download free training programs online. The Long Beach Half Marathon, slated for Oct. 13, 2013, is especially friendly to walkers, giving them a head start on race morning.

(20) Don't you wish someone would pay you to get in shape? Pay yourself. Put $5 in a jar every time you work out. Or every time you bring a healthful, delicious lunch to work. If you work out three times a week and take lunch two times a week, you'll be sitting on a sweet $1,300 come the 2013 holiday shopping season.

(21) Your two best fitness buddies: Your kids and your dog. Walk to parks and just have fun. Kick a soccer ball around. Play Frisbee. Tag. Fly a kite. You won't just burn calories, you'll model healthful habits for your kids.

(22) Explore Los Angeles. Playing tourist in your hometown — crawling museums, hiking scenic trails, strolling boardwalks — is a blissful way to add steps to your pedometer.

(23) Earn your dessert. Craving ice cream? Make it a single scoop that comes at the halfway point of a four-mile round-trip walk. And then enjoy every creamy bite.

(24) Create a private Daily Mugshot account and commit to taking a picture of yourself every day in 2013. (Men go shirtless, women in a sports bra.) Take a spin through those photos when you need encouragement. And just imagine the photo gallery at year's end. (

(25) Read fitness magazines that will inspire you with new workouts (and not depress you with ridiculously skinny models).

(26) Scour the Web for fitness blogs written by people like you, and bookmark them. The next time you feel like skipping a workout, tap into that community for motivation.

(27) Parents: You do more for your children than for yourself. Use that to your advantage! When you find yourself reaching for a doughnut, think of your kids: Do you want to saddle them with a morbidly obese, Type 2 diabetic mom or dad? That's right. Step away from the doughnut.

(28) Do some year-end, rear-end projections. If you slash your Oreo consumption in half from eight cookies a week to four, you'll save more than 11,000 calories and lose nearly 4 pounds.

(29) If you have a salad bar at work, use it. Bring a protein from home — grilled chicken, hard-boiled eggs, tuna — and drop it onto some salad bar greens.

(30) Many people plan weekday meals and go wild over the weekend. Plan weekend meals too. If you are meeting friends for a celebratory dinner on Saturday night, make sure the rest of your weekend meals stick to your program.

(31) Let co-workers take the elevator. You take the stairs. (Pretty soon they'll be following you.)

(32) Keep a food and fitness journal, but don't beat yourself up about the findings. Instead, like a detective, use the journal to spot bad habits and find a way to gently correct them. We like the free tool Lose It!, which also has a smartphone app. (

(33) Do not skip meals. Ever. If you miss breakfast, there's an extremely good chance you will end up overeating at some point during the day.

(34) Prepare for the apocalypse. Have healthful snacks, such as almonds or beef jerky, in your desk drawer. In your glove compartment. In your purse. In your gym bag.

(35) Supermarket survival tips: Just don't buy it and don't shop hungry. If you don't put it in your cart, you can't devour it at 3 a.m. And how many times have you purchased chips and scarfed half of them before you pulled the car into the driveway? (Or is that just me?)

(36) When you hear the candy dish at work calling you, ask yourself, "Will that get me closer to my goals?"

(37) One personal trick: I like to download books, especially thrillers and mysteries. But I have a rule: I cannot listen unless I am walking the dog. I'm so eager to find out what happens next that, more often than not, the dog gets a three-mile walk.