New Year’s Weight Loss

New Year’s weight loss does it go together?

What are all these resolutions we continue to make up and even worse think that these goals we set in that post-New Years revelry are event realistic and achievable?

Why do we set these “Resolutions”

A New Year’s resolution is a decision to do or not do something to accomplish a personal goal or break a habit. It comes at a time when people look back at the past year and make an effort to improve themselves as the new year begins.

Adults often make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or exercise more. Kids make resolutions to get along better with siblings or to do their homework right away.

Like many traditions, New Year’s resolutions have a long and interesting history.

New Year’s was first celebrated 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylon. Although the Babylonians did not have a written calendar, historians determined that they observed the start of the new year in late March with the arrival of the spring season.

The month of January is named for the Roman god Janus. The ancient Romans imagined Janus as a two-faced god: one facing forward and one facing back. This symbolized his ability to look forward and backward at the same time.

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One reason is the allure of starting from scratch.

The idea of bettering ourselves is another motivator. “Most of us have a natural bent toward self-improvement,” said John Duffy, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and author of The Available Parent: Radical Optimism in Raising Teens and Tweens.

Moreover, it may have something to do with “Tradition! Tradition! Tradition,”

Why do they fail

On average Americans, 45% fail these resolutions.

Reasons such as …

  • you are not specific enough,
  • you’re treating a marathon as a sprint
  • Putting the cart before the horse
  • Not believing in your self
  • Too much thinking not enough doing
  • Too much of a hurry
  • No Support

Lots of excuses if you sit down and think about it

What we can you to achieve them.

Ok to be obvious the opposite of all the above.

When you can make a task-specific it becomes easier to focus on, Break into achievable steps that are measurable and accountable for, it is then achievable.

A remember when I trekked up Mera Peak (21,427ft) in Nepal, in the end, it was broken down into 10 steps then a rest, repeat until I succeeded then I got this view

My Mountain Top

New Year’s Weight Loss Resolutions 

Get a plan, research, find what works for you, what gives you support

What was your resolution and was its success. Leave a comment below

Holiday Diet Plan Hmm!

Yes its that time of the year Diet plan Hell

It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday season. Especially when you are trying to keep the cold winter away. But the feasts and parties that make up this holiday, can tax the arteries and strain the waistline.  Think Holiday Diet Plan.

By eating just 200 extra calories a day — a piece of pecan pie and a tumbler of eggnog here, a couple of latkes and some butter cookies there — you could pack on two to three pounds over this five- to six-week period. That doesn’t sound like much, except few people shed that extra weight in the following months and years.

Holiday Diet Plan!

Good News. You don’t need to deprive yourself or take your treats with a side order of guilt. Instead, by practicing a bit of defensive eating and cooking, you can come through the holidays without making “go on a diet” or restart yet another diet as one of your New Year’s resolutions.

Suggestions to Help

1. Budget your calories wisely. Don’t eat everything at feasts and parties. Spend your calories judiciously on the foods you love.

Holiday Diet Plan - Have a plan

2. Take a break before taking seconds. It takes a few minutes for your stomach’s “I’m getting full” signal to get to your brain. After finishing your first helping, take a 10-minute break. Make conversation. Drink some water.  Remember you have seen food before. Then recheck your appetite. You might realize you are full or want only a small portion of seconds.

Holiday Diet Plan - Take a break

3. Step away from the food!!!!. At a party, don’t stand next to the food table. That makes it harder to mindlessly reach for food as you talk. Think about popping a mint or a stick of gum so you won’t keep reaching for the chips.

Holiday Diet Plan - Step away from the nibbles

4. Don’t go out with an empty tank. Pregame Game !!!!  Before setting out for a party, eat something so you don’t arrive famished. Excellent pre-party snacks combine complex carbohydrates with protein and unsaturated fat, like apple slices with peanut butter or a slice of turkey and cheese on whole-wheat pita bread.

5. Drink to your health = WATER LOL. A glass of eggnog can set you back 500 calories; wine, beer, and mixed drinks range from 150 to 225 calories. If you drink alcohol, have a glass of water or juice-flavored seltzer in between drinks.

Holiday Diet Plan - drink water

6. Mix that Alcohol up with food to start  – avoid an empty stomach. Alcohol increases your appetite and diminishes your ability to control what you eat.

Holiday Diet Plan - Alcohol hmmm

7. Put on your dancing (or walking) shoes. Dancing is a great way to work off some holiday calories. If you are at a family gathering, suggest a walk before the feast or even between dinner and dessert. Plus going for walk gets you out of doing the dishes

Holiday Diet Plan - Dancing Shoes

8. Make room for veggies. At meals and parties, don’t ignore fruits and vegetables. They make great snacks and even better side or main dishes — unless they’re slathered with creamy sauces or butter.

Add Vggies

9. Be buffet savvy – Circle. At a buffet, wander ’round the food table before putting anything on your plate. By checking out all of your options, you might be less inclined to pile on items one after another.

Holiday Diet Plan - Buffet Table Nightmare

10. Don’t shop hungry. Eat before you go shopping so the scent of Cinnabon’s or caramel corn doesn’t tempt you to gobble treats you don’t need.

Holiday Diet Plan - Shopping Hungry

11. Cook from (and for) the heart. To show family and friends that you care about them, be creative with recipes that use less butter, cream, lard, vegetable shortening, and other ingredients rich in saturated fats. Prepare turkey or fish instead of red meat.

Always with love

12. Pay attention to what matters. Although food is an integral part of the holidays, the focus on family and friends, laughter and cheer. If balance and moderation are your usual guides, it’s okay to indulge or overeat once in a while.

Family is always first

Holiday Weight Loss Tips

It’s easy to get swept up in the holiday season. This combination of religious and national celebrations can help keep the cold winter away. But the feasts and parties that mark it can tax the arteries and strain the waistline. So here is some holiday weight loss tips for any age.

The problems is a a little here and a little there .. I mean you cant be rude or in hospitable . But remember your need to look after your health is bigger especially as we age . We all want to see more more holidays with loved ones.

By eating just 200 extra calories a day — ou could pack on two to three pounds over this five- to six-week period.  That is easy around my familty get togethers. That doesn’t sound like much, except few people shed that extra weight in the following months and years.

You don’t need to deprive yourself, eat only boring foods, or take your treats with a side order of guilt. Instead, by practicing a bit of defensive eating and cooking,

You can come through the holidays without making “go on an another diet” one of your New Year’s resolutions.

 

Here some tips I found that make a lot of sense

  1. Budget wisely. Don’t eat everything at feasts and parties. Be choosy and spend calories judiciously on the foods you love.
  2. Take 10 before taking seconds. It takes a few minutes for your stomach’s “I’m getting full” signal to get to your brain. After finishing your first helping, take a 10-minute break. Make conversation. Drink some water. Then recheck your appetite. You might realize you are full or want only a small portion of seconds.
  3. Distance helps the heart stay healthy. At a party, don’t stand next to the food table. That makes it harder to mindlessly reach for food as you talk. If you know you are prone to recreational eating, pop a mint or a stick of gum so you won’t keep reaching for the chips.
  4. Don’t go out with an empty tank. Before setting out for a party, eat something so you don’t arrive famished. Excellent pre-party snacks combine complex carbohydrates with protein and unsaturated fat, like apple slices with peanut butter or a slice of turkey and cheese on whole-wheat pita bread.
  5. Drink to your health. A glass of eggnog can set you back 500 calories; wine, beer, and mixed drinks range from 150 to 225 calories. If you drink alcohol, have a glass of water or juice-flavored seltzer in between drinks.
  6. Avoid alcohol on an empty stomach. Alcohol increases your appetite and diminishes your ability to control what you eat.
  7. Put on your dancing (or walking) shoes. Dancing is a great way to work off some holiday calories. If you are at a family gathering, suggest a walk before the feast or even between dinner and dessert.
  8. Make room for veggies. At meals and parties, don’t ignore fruits and vegetables. They make great snacks and even better side or main dishes — unless they’re slathered with creamy sauces or butter.
  9. Be buffet savvy. At a buffet, wander ’round the food table before putting anything on your plate. By checking out all of your options, you might be less inclined to pile on items one after another.
  10. Don’t shop hungry. Eat before you go shopping so the scent of Cinnabons or caramel corn doesn’t tempt you to gobble treats you don’t need.
  11. Cook from (and for) the heart. To show family and friends that you reallycare about them, be creative with recipes that use less butter, cream, lard, vegetable shortening, and other ingredients rich in saturated fats. Prepare turkey or fish instead of red meat.
  12. Pay attention to what really matters. Although food is an integral part of the holidays, put the focus on family and friends, laughter and cheer. If balance and moderation are your usual guides, it’s okay to indulge or overeat once in a while.

Remember that following these Holiday Weight Loss Tips can help your come January when we all go hmm need to lose some pounds……..

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