No matter what list you look at, the number one resolution is the same on all of them. This is a no-brainer: LOSE WEIGHT. Depending on which survey you read, 75% of people will not make it to 3 months on keeping any resolution. Frankly, this writer thinks that is way too optimistic. For those hoping to lose weight, my guess is that you won’t make it to three weeks, and I think a more realistic number would be 3 days.
Why can’t we keep resolutions? You can Google that subject and find hundreds of articles on why we cannot keep resolutions. So to make it easy on you, I have cut to the chase on how to approach weight loss in 2015. Simpler is easy to keep than complicated! The rule to follow is: KEEP IT SIMPLE.
1. TAKE IT DAY BY DAY. Today, plan to eat a plate that is half full of vegetables (or a salad with a low-calorie dressing on it). Today, allow yourself only half of your dessert, if you eat dessert. Today, exercise for 15-30 minutes instead of watching TV. Today, look up portion control to see where you are going wrong. People way overestimate what they need in terms of energy (calories). The typical female over 60 needs between 1200-1600 calories, even when exercising. You can research the calories for your age online. Pick something good and do it for today only.
2. KEEP EXERCISE SIMPLE. If you think you need to belong to a gym or work out to a collection of exercise DVDs, you are wrong. Just GET OUT of the house and walk. You can certainly find 15 minutes in the day to do that. Please don’t make excuses that your schedule just does not allow it. It does—if you truly want to lose weight and are committed to a healthy lifestyle! Everyone has the same 168 hours in their week. You brush your teeth daily, right? So treat exercise the same way and do it once a day.
3. USE YOUR COMMON SENSE. You should know what is healthy and what is not. If you think frozen yogurt is healthy, then you need to educate yourself (it is not—it is full of sugar). You should know that eating corn, a baked potato, and bread rolls at the same meal is bad for you, very bad, as all that raises your blood sugar to extreme highs because they are all sugary starches. Eat one roll OR eat a half of a baked potato, but don’t eat all starches.
The true key to success is taking one day at a time and focusing on it. Everyone can certainly do that. Getting in 5 fruits and vegetables in a day may be hard for some people, but you have to start some place, so start small. Do you weigh more or less than what you weighed on January 1, 2014? If you are not happy with the response, then it is time to do something about it—for real.
To end the year on a funny note and make you laugh, a friend of mine gave me the towel you see in the photo. It is funny, for sure. Truth is, people are in denial about what it takes to eat a healthy diet and live a healthy lifestyle. It is not rocket science. So, whether you start January 1 or January 5 to focus on one day at a time (Monday is a popular day, but your body has no idea what day it is), JUST DO IT–ONE DAY AT A TIME.