As the New Year approaches I am grateful for the spirit of renewal, re-birth and restoration. But most of all I am grateful for the ability to lie to myself again about how much I’ll work out, eat right, pray like a saint and spend time writing poems like I did the year before. And the year before that. It’s become sort of a game with my cashing in just a few days shy of the end of January and spending the next few months feeling despicable about the fate of my fitness routine.
Is anyone riding in the same boat that I am?
Perhaps it’s time to ban the New Year weight loss resolution cliché and focus instead on measurable goals, accountability and healthy opportunities make progressive lifestyle changes. If we spent the past year struggling with losing weight and sticking to a fitness routine, let’s start there first instead of declaring war on a series of bad habits that won’t change just because the numbers on the calendar do.
Skip the New Year’s weight loss resolution and focus on a few key solutions that will help you get the job done:
Change your eating habits … slowly
Eating clean isn’t for the faint of heart nor something that happens over night. By slowly switching out the bad for the good, you can effectively change your routine and train your body to acclimate to healthier options.
For example, start small by trading fatty salad dressings for olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Or remove potato chips from the pantry and snack on baked sweet potato chips, veggie chips or salt-free blue corn chips.