Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Fingernails On a Chalkboard!

I heard it yesterday for the first time this season. New Year's Resolution. I cringed as if I had heard someone run their fingernails up and down a chalkboard. I wanted to say "No, not again. Don't go there". People have been making New Year's Resolutions for years and if most were kept to a degree of any significance by now we would see a vast difference in the face of our country. Literally. I say that because some say that the #1 resolution is losing weight. With the statistics of overweight and obese Americans, losing weight is certainly one to be taken seriously.

Wikipedia says "A New Year's resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The New Year's Resolution is an example of a rolling forecast-method of planning. According to this method, plans are established at regular short or medium-term intervals, when only a rough long-term plan exists."

So, if losing weight or getting out of the shape you are in and into a better shape is in the forecast for you for 2010, let me make a few suggestions.

#1. Write down what you want to accomplish. In other words, make yourself part of your to-do list.

#2. Give yourself time. Try not to think so much about losing 20 pounds, but focus on changes such that weight loss will be the end result.

#3. If you are not exercising everyday, start now. Walk around the block as a beginning. The all or nothing approach doesn't work. If it did, again, we would see a vast difference in the face of our country.

#4. Change should be considered positive instead of negative. Refrain from thinking thoughts like "I have go on a diet". Think about creating healthy meals that will benefit you for a lifetime.

If you need more suggestions, get in touch.