Well, our own holiday celebrations extended into the weekend due to a dear niece’s Bat Mitzvah which meant a few days of family in town and the resulting visits and dinners (and wine, and appetizers, and desserts….).
I’ve relaxed my food tracking over the last few weeks, though I have been continuing to weigh myself weekly and compensate for the social eating whenever I can with fresh fruits and veggies. I’m relieved that I didn’t gain beyond the top end of my normal 4 lb. range, but I am feeling a bit more sluggish and bloated. I’ll ‘fess up: I’d also like to nudge the number on the scale down just a few more pounds. I’ve returned to my “automated” breakfast and lunch menus, and have begun tracking my WW points again.
Rather than setting overly ambitious New Year’s resolutions, I’ve found that it’s more effective to incorporate changes in small, do-able steps, building over time. A couple of years ago I began cutting up fresh fruit daily for our breakfasts (mine’s an accompaniment to oatmeal or a boiled egg) and last year my change was to pack a healthy lunch and snacks for work which made following the Weight Watchers program a breeze for me.
One new step I have already added to my routine this year is recommended in Tish’s book, “Forever Chic” which is to start the day with a cup of warm water with lemon juice. (I squeeze about 1/2 of a small lemon or 1/4 of a large one.) It’s not only supposed to help the liver cleanse toxins, but according to my physical therapist helps balance the body’s pH and aids digestion. It’s also a source of vitamin C, and who couldn’t use a little more of that during the winter and being perhaps a bit run down from the holidays? At first it was a chore, now it’s getting to be habit.
Le monsieur and I want to get serious about taking evening yoga or Pilates classes. We’re looking into getting some additional in-home care for jeune homme a couple of evenings a week to free us up to do so. One thing I’ve realized from my recent back troubles is that it’s not enough to eat well and get regular cardiovascular exercise…we need to take care of joints, flexibility and alignment too in order to stay healthy and as ACTIVE as we’d like to be.
Are you making healthy changes in the New Year? Do you find that resolutions work for you, or are you more process-oriented?
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