Thursday, December 30, 2010
Every year I make resolutions at this time of year. They tend to be the same as years prior. The main one is always to lose weight- sometimes I give myself a number. Sometimes I leave it open.
In 2006, I used Slimfast and lost about 25 lbs. However, once I stopped using it, I slowly ballooned up to the heaviest I had ever been.
In 2009, I knew I needed to make a change. I began to eat right and started a walking regime and using a Wii Fit. I lost 30lbs. and managed to stay at my new weight for a year or so with minor weight gains and losses.
In 2010, I joined a gym, lost the few lbs I had gained. But I always hit a wall at a certain weight. Then, stress attacked my life and I went through a hard few months. Emotional eating consumed me and I gained another 10lbs.
So, here I am. Back on track- better than ever (not including Christmas). I'm exercising regularly, eating well, having fun, and feeling good about my choices. I don't feel like I am missing out on things. If anything, I can think about all the great things I will be able to enjoy in my life when I am not overweight.
Let's get to the bottom of this blog post. What am I going to be doing to change my lifestyle in 2011?
First, I need to remind myself everyday that this is not a diet. This is not a plan to lose x lbs. This is a LIFESTYLE CHANGE. This is changing my behaviour and actions consciously so that I can live a better, longer life.
Make healthy choices. Eating a Big Mac, french fries, and a large coke is not a healthy choice. If possible, eat a home, bring snacks or lunches with me, or eat 'healthy' fast food. It is out there, you just have to read the nutritional information.
Regular exercise. Whether it is going to the gym or walking outside. I want to be active. I want to go skating and snowshoeing. Hiking and running. I want to do so many different activities to keep exercise fun and interesting. My recent elliptical purchase will help me stay active on off/rest days.
There it is. My resolution for 2011.