See You Next Year

It’s New Year’s Eve! We’re going to splurge. Our last dinner of 2010 is going to be Italian, I’m thinking I’ll pick up take out from the Macaroni Grill. Something extravagant and yummy!

So, what about New Year resolutions?

I don’t recommend general “weight loss” resolutions. Why? Because weight loss starting in the winter, right after the holidays, is difficult. The weather is colder, so it’s difficult to become active and start exercising. Metabolism is down, way down, and depression is up due to the lack of sun. It’s difficult and expensive to find fresh seasonal produce, thus making it harder to eat healthier.

Winter, in my opinion, is not the optimal time to start a whole ‘gung ho’ weight loss commitment!

“I want to lose weight, I want to eat healthier, I want to exercise more” are all too broad and general, and sadly bound for failure.

Weight loss requires a lifestyle change. And that requires baby steps, gradually making small changes, leading to larger changes.

How about one of these baby steps instead:

I am going to stop buying processed food (Lean Cuisine, Campbell’s Soup etc) for lunch.
I will start eating 100% whole grain/wheat bread
I will limit my sodium intake to under 2500mg per day
I am going to start drinking 8 glasses of water every day.
I will eat one meatless dinner per week
I will exercise at least one time per week
I am going to start eating homemade meals at least 3 times per week
I am going to sign up for a local CSA share.
I will eat an apple or other fruit once a day.
I am going to start taking a multi-vitamin every day.

Baby steps lead to real lifestyle changes!

So, what are MY New Year Resolutions?

  1. I would like to read and clean up my email inbox. That would be a nice challenge, for the new year. I also need to unsubscribe from a lot of newsletters and lists that I don’t ever read. They are just clogging up my life and my inbox.
  2. I also would like to commit to be nicer to others. I can be so hot headed sometimes, and I speak before I think. I would like to make up for some mistakes in the past. KARMA baby!!!!

Final Thoughts

My health is good. I feel terrific! I don’t remember feeling this good EVER. My energy is up and so is my metabolism! The 60 pounds that I’ve lost has lead me to a wonderful new appreciation of myself, and I’m looking forward to 2011 as being another healthy happy year.

I wish everyone reading this a Happy Healthy New Year. I hope my words haven’t discouraged anyone from starting on their weight loss journey! I wish only success to those that are yearning for a healthier lifestyle!


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