I've stopped making resolutions for the new year a long time ago because it seemed pointless to keep repeating the same thing over and over.
2006 LOSE WEIGHT
2007 LOSE WEIGHT
2008 LOSE WEIGHT
Kind of monotonous isn't it.
I used to dread the holidays since I thought weight gain was inevitable for me.
Sure there are more goodies around and opportunities to eat, and sure the daily pace is more hectic leaving less time to exercise; but nothing is INEVITABLE.
I can make the same choices, good or bad, as at any other time of the year.
There have been many great articles and suggestions in Spark and elsewhere but somehow I had never "connected the dots" from theory to action; but now I've given it a lot more thought and devised a game plan especially for me.
FOOD GAME PLAN
1 If I am offered food at a friend or family member's home and don't need or want to eat I'll use the excuse of "tummy trouble" to avoid it. A little white lie to save the situation can be forgiven if it spares feelings.
2 If they insist, I'll take home a "doggie bag" but won't cry if it should happen to get "lost" on the way home or "accidentally" stepped on while getting out of the car.
3 I'll wait until AFTER the holidays to buy goodies at 1/2 price but only if my weight has not increased.
THE EXERCISE PLAN
1 Instead of circling the parking lot looking for the closest spot, I'll find the farthest spot and walk. That way I'll get the exercise and not the car.
2 At the market I'll use a basket instead of the cart. Adds strength training and saves money.
3 Blur the line between exercise and housework by doing a little everyday (15 - 20 minutes) and include a warm up and cool down.
THE STRESS MANAGEMENT PLAN
1 Use my massage mat at least 1x/day for 15 minutes while listening to music and taking deep breaths.
2 Shower in the evening instead of the morning and use lavender scented lotion to relax before bed.
3 Unload all the day's angst into a journal before going to bed
4 Make it a priority to get at least 7 - 8 hours sleep/night.
None of these are difficult but consistency has always been my biggest problem, so for this to be effective I have to commit to it every day.
I'll let you know how it worked out in the New Year.