With the start of a new year comes many things. Remembering to write the correct year on your checks (which, if you're like me, will take until about February). A new year means a fresh start, a chance to start with a clean slate. And, last but by no means least, The Resolution.
Resolutions come in all shapes and sizes. They can be anything from remembering to pick up the wet towels off from the bathroom floor to something more life-changing like quitting smoking or weight loss.
Every year, one of the top resolutions is weight loss. For some this could mean dropping those last five or ten pounds to be ready for bathing suit weather this summer. For many others, it means a life-altering event - dropping an entire persons weight or more. No one has to extol the dangers of being overweight - we all know them by heart: high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancer...the list goes on and on.
For those of us that have chosen weight loss as our resolution and have more than just a few pounds to lose, the options for doing so are way too many to count. Should we eat only grapefruit?....only cabbage soup? Should we drink vinegar and eat no fats at all? Maybe we should completely cut carbs and have things like bacon and cream cheese for breakfast....Don't laugh, I HAVE done this and, yes, it really did work, quite well actually. But in the back of my mind, I had to keep wondering if killing myself by hardening my arteries was worth smaller clothes. Yes, it worked as long as I totally cut out ALL carbs, but eat an apple or a dinner roll and you're five pound heavier the next day!
I have since come to realize that a little more moderation is probably our best bet. There are several moderate approaches to weight loss out there. Plans such as Weight Watchers, The South Beach Diet and the Sonoma Diet (although I live very near Sonoma, and people don't really eat like that all the time so I'm not sure why they named it that!). All of these plans will help you toward your weight loss goals. Several of them even provide extra support with lifestyle changes and one on one counseling which can add up to a lifetime of healthy eating and not just a quick weight loss followed by an even quicker gain of all that was lost, and usually, a little more.
You'll also need to add some sort of exercise to your weight loss goal. My favorite is Windsor Pilates - it's very relaxing, and although you are working out pretty hard, you don't actually feel like it. I did actually get that Wii that I had asked for at Christmas so I'm going to see how I can incorporate that into my workout as well.
So here we all are...Our feet are in the starting blocks waiting for the starter's pistol to sound (or in our case, the ball to drop) ready to begin our weight loss resolution. We've done a little research and chosen a plan to follow. We've given some thought to our exercise to bump up our health. We've motivated ourselves just like a coach during halftime. This time....we're going to do it!
Follow me along my journey. We can all do it together! Please join the ongoing chat (click the smiley face icon on the iPhone in the left column) or you can leave a comment by clicking the envelope icon at the bottom of each post - if we're all in this together we can do it!
Beginning Wednesday, January 9th, every Wednesday will be "Weight Loss Wednesday" here at Pink Lemonade. I'll update you on how I'm doing along with some great tips, review some low-cal products and post some recipes along with other great stuff. As I'm updating you, hopefully I'll hear how everyone else is doing in the chat.
In the meantime, Pink Lemonade is going on hiatus. Eric and the girls are off on winter break until January 6th so we're going to have some family time and de-Christmas the house. I'll be back on January 7th when everyone is back into their regular routines (blogging with a houseful of people searching for things to do and ending up into trouble is not an easy task!)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it.....is to decide on your new years resolutions. If weight loss is one of them do the following:
1. Decide on an eating plan.
2. Decide on an exercise plan.
3. Make plans to visit Pink Lemonade at least every Wednesday to find lots of great stuff to help you on your way.
Good Luck! Have a safe and happy New Year!