It's that time again when many of us resolve to change our eating habits to lose those unwanted pounds and keep the pounds off – until next year when we resolve to do it again. Our resolve to lose weight, and keep it off, annually hangs in the balance up against our difficulty resisting food temptations.
Plain and simple, resolutions are difficult to keep. We don't always follow through. Still, change is inevitable, and as we get older women most likely will add a few pounds to their frame and their dress sizes will increase. Men will gain significant weight, too. Years ago, my weight reached 300-plus pounds and I was headed to the grave.
There is nothing wrong with making resolutions. But for many of us, that's where our problems begin. We start with a plan but have no sensible goal or end in sight. If you resolve to lose weight or change your lifestyle, I recommend that you focus on doing so in incremental steps.
Be alert. Expect the fitness gurus to offer you a gym membership. They already know that one in 10 will take them up on the offer, and many of the others will become pre-paid collectables.
When it comes to our health, we tend to rely on the advice of friends, family members and co-workers. Input from others is good, but ultimately we'll have to make our own decision. Remember, no one knows your body better than you do. What might be good for you might not be good for the next person.
It's all right to have a workout partner, but always rely on yourself. If we depend on others to pull us through, we'll be disappointed, for sure. If you resolve to become healthier, you'll have to work at it. You can't give up or give in. Once you start, resolve to finish the course.
Finishing the course means you'll reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, heart disease and other debilitating diseases. You won't have to spend countless hours worrying about these preventable diseases when you succeed in reaching your goal.
Whatever your goal is, the first step starts with will power and a willing spirit. Change takes root in the mind; then implementation begins. But you have to make the change for yourself and remain in control so you can reach your goal. If you're able to do this, the next step should be a piece of cake.
The second step is to decide exactly what you're trying to accomplish. Is it losing weight, increasing your physical activity, learning how to cook, learning more about nutrition, regaining your health or learning how to shop for healthy foods?
The third step should be to rid your life of unnecessary stresses. To do that you must be committed to getting the required amount of sleep, learning how to relax, and discovering meditation and its benefits.
The fourth step is simple. If your health is in question, make the necessary changes to achieve positive results.
Changing old habits is very difficult sometimes, especially if you're used to overeating. Recent studies, however, have shown that a 10 percent loss in weight will help reduce an obese person's health problems. Change won't happen overnight, but you'll have to start somewhere.
If you're looking to achieve optimum health, try not to make one huge life-changing resolution that you have little-to-no chance of fulfilling. Success comes with small baby steps. Start by drinking more water and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables.
A healthy body is more than the absence of illness. Even so, you can expect high energy levels, and an increase in strength and longevity.
The benefits of changing your lifestyle and losing weight are vast. Just remember, move forward in incremental steps.
Happy New Year!