New Year’s resolution hints for all year
It is not too late for a few New Year’s resolutions. One of the most popular promises is losing weight. This undertaking often involves many life style changes. Start small. Eliminating a few calories daily is a healthy change. Avoiding double portions, late night snacks or sugar in coffee can reverse the numbers on the scale.
Stay positive. Avoid striving for perfection. A glass half full is healthier than a glass half empty even though each contains the same amount. Overeating does occur but instead of a perpetual habit, a one time indulgence can be considered a treat and an invitation to return to more stringent portions.
Deciding to stop gaining is a strategic decision. In order to start losing, the gaining’s gotta stop. While avoiding the number-climb, the number begins to decline without much more thought.
There are opportunities for growth along the path of changing life style habits. Investigate what hindered achieving the goal and try to make corrections. Fine tune the transformation. Rome wasn’t built in a day nor was 50 pounds lost in a week. The path is long and the road can be bumpy. Prepare for setbacks and do not be surprised when they occur. Realistic goals occur while unrealistic goals do not. Do not make absolute resolutions. Resolving to do or die can result in unresolved intentions. Instead of saying I will lose 50 pounds in a week start with 1 or 2 pounds in a week. It may take an entire 50 weeks to dissolve 50 pounds but the resolve will result.
No man is an island as evidenced by the fact that people love to talk about themselves. Tell others of your resolutions and passion to address your body shape. The more a person hears their own voice tell others of their plans, the more they are apt to convince themselves. Partners in a goal help to shape goals and provide a nudge in the right direction should the course get off track. The more the merrier.
The success of a goal depends upon the desire to fulfill it. Making weight loss a meaningful goal will increase attaining it. Proceed with the goal of losing weight because it is important to you, not society. If there is not a strong, internal motivation to change eating habits, success will be limited.
By June of the coming year 60 percent of those who resolved will have forgotten their New Year’s resolutions. Less than half of those vowing to change eating habits will still be trying to make a difference.
Fat may still be covering the frame but the reward is in the effort. One excessive pound lost is healthier than another one gained. It is best to take weight change pound by pound.
A healthy resolution is to lose fat but gain muscle. Researchers report that it is more advantageous to be overweight with a strong muscle mass than thin, close to ideal body weight with less muscle mass.
Resolve to flex those muscles to improve the body. Resolve to tell that world that a healthier body is attainable. One step at a time, balancing life with a glass half full. It is not too late to make a New Year’s resolution.
Bobbie Randall is a certified diabetes educator, registered, licensed dietitian. She supervises a diabetes self-management training program at Aultman-Orrville Hospital, Orrville. Contact her at brandall@dunlap hospital.org or 330–684-4776.