Another Year, Another Resolution!

It’s the beginning of February! Have you started or broken your resolutions? It doesn’t matter if you broke them. January is one month out of twelve. Every time a new year rolls around, I say I’m going to lose weight, but then the excuses begin to filter in. This is a big year for me, so I’ve decided to change the way I approach losing weight.

We all know what’s good and bad for us. Most of us know what we should be eating; no one needs to tell us. Plus, what works for one person isn’t necessarily going to work for another. We’re all built differently, different chemistry, so we have to find what’s good for our bodies. There are a few things I stay away from because I turn into the Michelin Man when I eat them.

Last year, I changed the things I put on my body and face by reading about carrier and essential oils. Taking steps to improve my skincare needs has been a blessing, so it’s time to shift gears with my weight goals.

Over the past decade, I’ve yo-yoed with my weight. I’ve always been a healthy eater, but I fall into depression when I get my migraines, reaching for food to comfort me. Since my migraines come often, the downs follow the same amount of days. I have to retrain my mind during my migraine days.

Luckily, I’m a good eater and so is my husband. We love healthy food just as much as crap food and are open to many things. For the last five years, I’ve changed the things we buy and put into our mouths. Now I need to stop with the excuses. Excuses are a way for us to cope with failure. “I’m too busy.” “I don’t like vegetables.” “I hate working out.” Let’s face it, if it’s really important to us, we’ll find the time. We’ll find a way to eat vegetables. We’ll find an activity that’s right for us.

This year, I’m not going to lose weight. I’m going to get healthier. As I get older, I realize the importance of health. I’ll stand behind a thin woman at a grocery store, checking out what she bought (candy, pop, packaged foods). It’s proof that thin doesn’t always mean healthy. For me, the emphasis on health will create a snowball effect, and ultimately, I’ll lose weight and feel good! Here is my list of things to improve in 2018:

7 THINGS TO A BETTER HEALTHY MIND AND BODY 

1) PRESERVATIVES: For many years, I’ve reduced the amount of preservatives we eat. I truly believe that preservatives play a huge roll in health. I’m not saying we don’t eat ANY preservatives, but we can read and understand the ingredients of the things we buy. I try to make foods from scratch, such as tomato sauce, jams, applesauce, beans because I have control over what’s going into them.

2) SERVING SIZE: This is an important thing to remember. If there’s one thing to do, it’s eat one portion (serving) size. In the past, I have lost weight by simply eating portion sizes. It applies to everything, meals and snacks. I’ve watched people buy healthier snacks and then scarf down the entire thing. Let’s say the snack has 15 grams of carbs and 160 calories for 1/4 cup. Eating 1/2 cup brings it up to 30 grams of carbs and 320 calories. It’s so easy to forget that double the serving, double the cost. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to something you love, but keep it portion size.

3) BEANS AND WHOLE GRAINS: Grains are still a controversial subject. Some people believe they’re bad for you while others promote the nutrients and health benefits. If interested, check out The Whole Grains Council website. When it comes to me, I like beans and grains. As a child, my mom would make a protein, vegetable, and starch. I’ve abandoned this thinking long ago. I know I need something to fill me up, so I’ve swapped out enriched, starchy foods with those full of fiber. Instead of the typical pasta, potato rice sides, I’ll cook beans, natural brown rice, whole grain pasta, barley, quinoa, and polenta, and when we make pasta, it’s whole grain. Many times I’ll also use lentil tortillas (Aldi) in place of bread. From what I learned years ago, if the fiber is 5 and up, you can deduct the fiber from the carbs to get an accurate carb count. This might have changed though.

4) ACTIVITY: With health issues on the rise as you age, I know activity is extremely important. No matter what you do, it’s important to keep moving. I enjoy doing things outside (when the weather cooperates, which isn’t often). In the morning, I normally walk our dog, Shakespeare for at least 40 minutes to an hour. My husband and I also like to bike ride.

I’m not a gym person. The thought of me leaving sweat drippings while exercising is too embarrassing, and I don’t want to be subjected to anyone else’s. I’m all about working out in solitude. I’ve ditched high cardio and weight workouts for things I enjoy, like yoga or short workout videos.

We have a computer connected to our TV for movies, tv series, and YouTube. I love YouTube! My yoga practices are with Yoga with Adriene. She is knowledgeable and fun. Adriene has created different lessons for so many things, such as Yoga for Headaches, Yoga for Anxiety, Yoga for Teachers, Yoga for PTSD, and so on. There is plenty to choose from depending on how you feel each day. She rocks! 😀 And I recently found a channel for quick target area workouts, Lumowell.

5) WATER: This is a big one! Drinking water throughout the day fills me up and keeps me full. I recently bought a 24-ounce plastic water bottle. It’s entirely psychological, but I drink more water using it. I go through about 3 to 4 fills a day, and my complexion has been clearing up.

6) VEGETABLE AND FRUIT SMOOTHIES: I don’t always get in the daily recommended vegetable and fruit servings, so this is a great way to help. I know, I’m so behind with the times. This year I bought a Nutri Ninja, and so far so good. I’ll make a smoothie for a snack or when I’m not that hungry. It’s a great investment.

7) NEGATIVITY AND STRESS REDUCTION: This is such a huge issue in everyone’s life. By nature, I’m a bit high-strung, I can never completely relax. Even when I do yoga or sleep, I feel the tension all through my upper shoulders, back, and back of the head. This is why Yoga is helps me, but I also need a little pick-me-up throughout the day. Germany has lots of rainy, dreary days, which can knock you into a depressive state. To stay away from this negativity and calm my senses, I light candles and listen to meditative music. It’s amazing what you can find on YouTube when you type in “meditation music relax mind body.” The music or sounds can really get me to relax. I’ve also found some great apps that help if I’m not home.

What are your goals? What are your practices toward a healthy path? Weigh-in (not literally)!

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10 thoughts on “Another Year, Another Resolution!

  1. I definitely relate to a lot in this post. I’m finding I really like the gym though, and I don’t know why I didn’t join one sooner. It’s great motivation to finish my work by five so I can make an evening class. Monday is for cycling. I get so sweaty, but not sweaty enough yet because I’ve yet to look down and have it drip on the floor. I will be excited when that happens 😉

    1. Sounds good, Jeri. You did great with activity while you were going through your treatments. I truly admire you for kicking cancer’s ass. And the sweat thing, yeah, it’s good to see this result after a hard workout. 🙂

  2. Happy New Year! First of all, I love the image of the trail. It reminds me of home. I really enjoyed reading your post and can definitely relate. I started the first week of January on fire! I had a meal plan and I stuck with it for 7 days in a row! That was a big deal for me because I have a hard time sticking with these things, but every day after that first week has been a battle.
    In 2017 I reached my highest weight ever so this year I am working hard to get back on track. I am turning 30 in August and want to be healthier by then. I love how you have shifted from trying to lose weight to simply living a healthy lifestyle. It sounds like you already have very healthy habits.
    I can also relate to your workout style. The thought of going to the gym is too overwhelming and I am far too shy to put myself on blast like that 😉 I have also been watching youtube videos and did 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene in December. I haven’t done her True challenge yet because I was so busy focusing on nutrition.
    Good luck with all of your goals. I also hope your migraines will go away. Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks!

    <3 Alana

    1. Hi Alana,

      Nice to see another Yoga with Adriene fan! Yeah, I do eat mostly healthy, but from time to time I hit roadblocks. One thing I do is I don’t cut out anything from my diet. I eat pizza, fried chicken, doners and stick with serving size. If I counted calories and removed things from my diet, I’d only want it more.

      Thanks for chiming in, and I hope you reach your goal.

  3. These are all great points. I do most of them already, but it’s easy to fall of the diet bandwagon when someone puts cookies in front of me. I work out most days—I really enjoy my Zumba classes, but recently discovered yoga, which I highly recommend!

    1. Marcia, I hear you about falling off the diet bandwagon. Put chips and dip in front of me and it’s like feeding time at Jurassic Park. I totally forgot about Zumba. I need to look for the CDs I have and give it a go again. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Great post! Thanks for sharing your how to improve thoughts on a subject which is probably the most important to good health. I agree if one can eat healthy with appropriate portions, the result will be losing weight. The long term rewards can so outweigh missing the short term gratification of unhealthy eating.
    As I age I’ve learned weighing less has a litany of beneficial side effects for one’s body. Just a few are reduction of stress and pain on joints, elimination of borderline diabetes, lowering high BP and cholesterol and yes the cause of sleep apnea problems. Odds are overwhelming that if you lose weight you will feel and look better!

    1. Thanks for your take on it, Veejay. Yes, healthy lifestyle is a great way to eliminate some health issues, plus, you save money for not needing prescriptions for those issues. I feel so much better when I’m on track. When I eat poorly, my entire body feels it, inside and out.

  5. I haven’t broken them yet but I haven’t started on some. I’ve planned my resolutions to really run all the way through the year so I hope I can keep it up!

    I really like the sound of not losing weight but getting healthier! One way to really help with keeping consistent with healthy eating is meal prepping. It means you have ready made healthy self-cooked dinners ready ahead of time so you don’t reach for take out, or have to cook!

    I have a health fitness account called yogidragoness on instagram and its all about clean eating and yoga. The people who interact with me on there and the other similar niched accounts I follow helps keep me accountable and motivated for myself 🙂

    I really hope this goes well for you and your husband!

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