Last Year’s resolutions are today’s promises
The last week of the year is a fine time to work on your New Year’s resolutions. Not the ones that you are going to make but the ones that you made 12 months ago.
The most popular resolution deals with weight loss. Fad diets to medically-necessary meal plans top the wanna-do list.
Look at the calendar. Plan to spend the last few days of 2011 fulfilling your lofty goals. Get out those walking shoes and do a few laps around the block. It is not too late to begin.
With only a few days to go this year before the ball drops in Times Square promise yourself that weight loss is possible. Controlling portion size during holiday events is a tough resolution but if you haven’t been doing it for 11 months, doing it for a few days is worth a try.
By reaching for the fresh vegetable tray instead of the meat and cheese tray, calories are reduced and fiber is increased. More fiber was on that “Things I want to do” list for the past year, wasn’t it? Chewing celery or cucumbers is like rattling a noisemaker in your brain. The noisy crunch reminds you that something is happening; perhaps a new you.
Just for the last few days of this year, switch to soda pop that is artificially sweetened or a diet brand. The best low calorie drink is water; squeeze a lemon or lime to create a satisfying drink.
The end of one year marks the beginning of the next. End the year with a success. Finishing out with a completed goal creates a sense of accomplishment, even if it was ignored for 11.5 months.
When the body exercises in colder weather it uses more calories. This is an excellent reason to work up a sweat by moving your body. For the next few days hide the television remote. Get up out of the chair each time the volume or the channel needs to be changed. Its only for a few days, you can do it.
Stock up on fresh vegetables and actually eat them instead of letting them go bad in the bottom of your refrigerator. Give away those holiday treats and goodies, don’t let them cross your lips. Allow your feet to take you to places you rarely go. Its not too late for last year resolutions.
One of the problems with making New Years resolutions is changing habits. The first week of January is an emotional time of the year; calendars are flipped; bookkeeping is new; resolutions are made. Old habits die and new ones begin.
If you begin working on last year’s promises to eat healthy and exercise at the end of the year, when 2012 rolls around the changes have already been begun. When the ball drops from the sky to indicate a new year, your ball will already be rolling down the path of new habits.
Bobbie Randall is a certified diabetes educator and a registered, licensed dietitian. She supervises a diabetes self-management training program at Dunlap Community Hospital in Orrville. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330–684-4776.