As January comes to a close, it might be a good time to check in on how you’re doing with your new year’s resolutions. And, since losing weight is usually up there on our lists, I thought I’d share a few tips just in case you could use a little encouragement.
Making Healthy Choices. I believe that making healthy choices is actually a more important goal than weight loss. There are a lot of unhealthy ways to lose weight. You could suffer short or long term consequences from losing weight by making poor health choices. And you will likely regain the weight you lost over time. However, making healthy choices as part of your weight loss plan will reap you far greater long term consequences. You only get one body, treat it right.
Look at labels. If you think about your body a little like you might think about your bank account, it would help you to make better choices. What do you want to deposit into your account: empty (and possibly hurtful) calories that are found in most processed foods and junk food or nutrient dense calories from whole foods that have not been processed. If you look at a label and find ingredients that you can’t pronounce or ones you can because you learned them in your science class, then put that box/jar/container right back down. You need a snack, grab an apple or a banana or even a healthy homemade baked treat that isn’t loaded with sugar and white flour. Put rich foods, not nutrient deficient foods, into that bank account called your body.
A note about exercise. I LOVE to exercise. I realize that makes some people mad. I’m not saying that I do it all the time; I don’t. (It’s hard with two little ones at home.) But I say that to say that while exercise is a healthy and possibly fun activity, it is not required for weight loss. If we are eating as we should, we should not HAVE to exercise to maintain. I’m not saying don’t exercise. Not at all. DO exercise. Find something you love to do and do it regularly. Enjoy it. Make it part of your lifestyle. But do not do it simply as a tool for weight loss. I say that because I know that sometimes we get injured or sick or you name it. If you rely on exercise, you WILL gain weight when you’re out of commission. However, if you make healthy choices as part of your lifestyle, then if you take a break from your exercise routing, for whatever reason, you can still maintain your weight. Realizing that helped me so much in my own journey.
You can do it. Every day is a new day. If you made bad choices yesterday, start over today. If you made bad choices at your last meal, start over at your next meal!
How are you doing with your new year’s resolutions?
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