Did you know that Jan. 19-25 is officially Healthy Weight Week? This week is set aside for celebrating healthy lifestyles for life. I have to be honest, right now I am not at my healthiest weight, so it seems like this is a good week to make an active choice to make some lifestyle changes so that by this time next year I will be at a healthy weight. Unlike making a New Years resolution, that most people have given up on by now, this is a conscious choice to make small and reasonable changes in my behavior that will improve my health and hopefully help me to get rid of some of my excess weight. What this is NOT is a diet of any kind, because diets simply don’t work.
What kinds of changes am I talking about:
1. Drinking more Water. I have never been very good about drinking water, I grew up in the Kool-Aid generation and I have to sometimes force myself to actually drink water, but I have decided to allow myself the option of using flavored water (I prefer Propel). I realize that nutritionist prefer good old water, but I know that is not realistic for me, so I will improve my odds of successfully drinking more water if I allow myself the flexibility to choose whatever kind of water will help me get the job done.
2. I will try to reduce my portion size when eating. I know that it is NOT what I eat, but how much, that contributes to weight gain. Initially that might mean using tricks like smaller plates, etc. There is a big difference in dieting and simply choosing to eat smaller portions. Dieting, with calorie counting and restricted choices is not a sustainable lifestyle, but I can make an effort to eat smaller portions, without feeling deprived or frustrated. Drinking more water will also help me to consume smaller portions.
3. I will increase my physical activity level. Starting with a commitment to be active for 15-30 minutes each day, even if that means a simple walk around the block with my dog. This is really an important goal because as I get older, the need to remain physically active is ever more important. For Christmas my daughter got me a fitbit, which will help me, to keep track of my daily exercise. I don’t have to become a professional gym rat to be healthy. Just getting up off the couch and moving more will be a positive step towards a healthier future.
We all know what to do to be healthier; it really comes down to making a choice. Excuses are easy. I can complain that midlife makes it harder to loose weight. I can choose to let things like my plantar fasciitis get in the way of exercise. Or I can make a choice, and use Healthy Weight Week as a kick-off to a healthier year.
What choices can you make to get closer to your healthy weight?