02 January, 2012

Celebrating...resolving to lose weight

It has been researched that losing weight is among the top 10 New Year's Resolutions. So it should come as no surprise that 1/2/12, the first non-holiday day of the year, is used as weigh-in day.  This is the day used to set the benchmark for the weight loss that individuals hope to accomplish for the year. 

At this time of year, there is alot of information floating around to help with weight loss.  My suggestion, however, is to be smart.  The weight didn't come on overnight and it took you a while to get out of shape, so make sure you take the proper time to modify your eating habits and increase your exercise habits so that your hard work to improve will stick! 

Join a recipe site like http://www.food.com/ or http://www.allrecipes.com/ or some other site and seek out more healthy recipe options.One of the things I plan to do this year is to try out a new recipe every week.  I think this will help make my "eat healthier" goal more fun and will help me to look forward to some of my meal planning.

As for exercising, start slowly.  Just by adding 10-15 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week, you'll see a big difference.  And once you start to see a difference, you'll start increasing the amount of time that you exercise.  My suggestion is to try doing different things to keep exercise from being boring or getting monotonous.  Try walking one day, the next day crank up your favorite song and dance, dance, dance.  Take up swimming or skating.  The next day play some ping pong---just start moving your body!!

Most of all, just stay committed to your goal.  Don't be too hard on yourself and don't set-up a regimine that is too strict and too difficult to follow.  And if you slip, don't give up!!  Just pick yourself up...dust yourself off...and start all over!!  And pretty soon, you'll fall into your rhythm, get used to your new lifestyle change, and hit the (realistic) goals that you set for yourself! 

Celebrate the journey!

Luv Ya!!


Georgia Girl said...

Wonderful words of encouragement and inspiration. Thanks Pixxa and Happy New Year to you and Michael!

Anonymous said...

Happy 2012! Trying a new dish each week is a cool idea. Hope you post the most delish offerings.
Somewhat related, I was inspired by the Quick Celebrations fast snacks and tried two modifications - rosted peppers w/o the capers and combined figs w/ goat cheese. Very easy preparations that looked good and were yummy. Thanks :-)

Pixxa said...

Happy New Year to YOU Georgia Girl!!