As we head toward 2016, will you make New Year resolutions? I don’t call what I do each year by that name, but I do make POSITIVE PLANS with prayer. I don’t commit to change completely at my age, which is what a resolution eludes to – rather I commit to tweak, keeping in mind that the goal is my overall good in life.
I could be like everyone else jumping off the cliff and say, “I’m going to lose a TON of weight”. Well, first of all, I know this body of mine – and I know, especially as I get older, a TON of weight will not just magically disappear. So I would rather say “I’m going to make better choices as I plan meals.” That doesn’t put pressure on me to do something massive in a short amount of time.
You want results yesterday, and desperation mode kicks in. Beware of the valley of quickie cures. – Pam Peeke, MD, author of Body for Life for Women.
I can’t pretend that I won’t need a little chocolate once in a while. I could stand in front of chocolate with my arms folded, refusing to partake… but guess what? That’s worse than buyer’s remorse! I’m going to think about that moment and pretty soon I’m saying, “You know what? I didn’t get that chocolate when I could have, so I’m going to go get some now to make up for it.” For Pete’s sake – just have a piece of chocolate and work it off! It’ll be okay.
There will be bumps in the road and it helps to keep a food journal to stay on track. It sounds weird to say I eat and forget what I’ve eaten – but that’s exactly what happens sometimes! I probably eat more calories than I realize I’m eating. If I write everything down, there it is on a list. If I’m getting close to my limit and I still feel hungry, I have to ask myself if I’ve drunk enough water or if I’ve gotten enough exercise. Hunger is not always about food. Sometimes it’s about water intake or lack of exercise.
Am I bored? Do I need to get involved in an activity such as blogging or a game – something to keep my brain busy? It’s not just a matter of denying myself food. It’s much more complicated than it seems.
Let’s face it – if this was easy to do, we’d all be walking pencils, wouldn’t we? Not everyone needs to lose weight, but a large group of type 2 diabetics would agree that they need to lose enough to get their hemoglobin A1C within normal range. I’m raising my hand – I’m in that group.
It’s my hope and prayer that in 2016, around week four, I don’t become a big bundle of excuses. I wish I had an accountability partner or someone who would be willing to drag their sorry behind to the gym with me. That would keep me psyched and energized. It’s more difficult if you’re doing it alone.
Positive Plan #1… make better food choices and keep track in a journal. I’m positive I can do this. 🙂