If you’re looking to get healthy in 2012, Kathy is sharing her ideas and tips for making a resolution and having it stick.
I hope that everyone had a fabulous Christmas. Our family had and is still having a wonderful time. Our daughters and their husbands/boyfriend are in town and we are enjoying time with them.
As the end of another year comes to a close, New Years resolutions start coming to mind. You probably guessed it, the number one resolution is to lose weight. As a person who has lost a lot of weight, I can tell you that I made that resolution more times than I care to count. Losing weight is a great idea but since so many people break that resolution, I would say you may want to narrow it down. One of the best things that you can do for yourself is to get healthier. There are some great things that you can do to make yourself healthier and maintain that resolution all year long.
Make simple changes. Small changes can lead to big results. As I have mentioned in the past, eating more fruits and vegetables is such a great benefit to your overall health and diet. Just swapping out vegetables instead of something like mashed potatoes in a meal can make a big difference. I have found the more vegetables that I eat, the better my weight loss is. You can make vegetables taste great with different seasonings. Try different things on them. That is a change that I have made and continue to enjoy. Spices and seasonings make some boring foods taste great. Roasting cauliflower in the oven with seasonings such as Mrs. Dash, can be a great side dish or even an appetizer. Putting asparagus on the George Forman grill for just a couple of minutes is good too. Sprinkling a little parmesan cheese on it can add flavor without too much fat and calories.
Making the decision to move a little more is also a great benefit. Small changes can make a difference here but I suggest taking at least 15-20 minutes a day to do some exercise where you get your heart rate up. Brisk walking is excellent. It helps with burning calories and strengthening your heart. We can all use that!
Keep in mind that if you break that resolution early on, that is no reason to give up! Like I said, I have made the resolution to lose weight so many years in a row. In 2007, I made that one again. I can tell you that I finally followed through with it beginning on August 13th! Better late than never! Even though I have lost the weight that I carried for a number of years, I still chose to work on new challenges and continue to become healthier. Getting and staying in shape is a continuing process.
A new year is in front of us, leave the past behind and start for a new and healthier you. Making a resolution to make you a priority this year. Make small changes. Just by cutting and/or burning 100 calories a day, you would lose 10 pounds in a year! Imagine the possibilities if you exercise and burn 400-500 a day!
It is within each and every one of us to make changes. We all can do it. In 2007 I started my journey. Make 2012 the year that you start yours!
Kathy has been posting with us every Wednesday and sharing her story and ideas for weight loss and a healthy life. Miss any of the previous posts?
Find them here:
- Eating Healthy as a Family at Christmas
- Smart Snacking
- Stress and Eating Around the Holidays
- Staying Hydrated
- Healthy Thanksgiving
- Healthy during the Holidays
- Having a Workout Buddy
- Eating Healthy While on Vacation
- Recognizing When You Are Full
- Ideas for a Healthy and Hearty Breakfast
- Exercise for Health and Weight loss
- Kathy’s Tips for Dining Out
- Healthy Salads
- Kathy’s Weight Loss Philosophy
- Kathy’s Story