Don’t Quit those New Year’s Resolutions Yet!
How many of you have been following the #getleanin19 posts all over the Internet? With each of us being just a month into the start of a New Year, all of the New Year’s resolutions are still fresh on our brains! For many of us who make New Year’s resolutions, starting a healthier lifestyle or accomplishing weight loss is one of those common resolutions. Recently, we did a blog post entitled New Year, New You to encourage those of you embarking on your New Year’s resolution health goals. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out!
Here are a few things to remember as you begin month two in your health resolutions:
1. Stop dieting.
Go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief! I hear you all saying “Finally! A resolution I can accomplish!” Yes, you heard us right; we want you to stop dieting. If you focus on a particular diet to simply cut calories or cut a food group for a time period only to lose weight, it’s much harder to continue that choice long-term. Instead of focusing on a specific diet, focus on improving your overall health lifestyle and making better dietary choices for your body as a whole, not for just what you see on the scales. Numbers alone are deceiving! Don’t just lose weight- gain health! Often times, just by eating healthier, weight loss happens naturally.
2. Change the way you think about food.
In the South, and especially in Mississippi, food is just as much a social gathering as it is a means for nourishment. Good food is essentially an institution around these partsand rightfully so. It’s important to enjoy our food, but it’s also important to change our mindset about it in some ways. We encourage you to remember that the calories you drink from a coke and get from a Super Shake are not the same. What’s more important than the number of calories is also what is in those calories. How much sugar is in them? Protein? What about various minerals or nutrients? Food is more than what is needed to keep us full during the day; it is what is needed to fuel and nourish our bodies.
3. Get specific.
How many of you are specific, black and white thinkers? How many of you think more generally- somewhere in the grey areas? Naturally, I am much more of the latter. However, I’ve found that to set me up for disaster in the areas of setting goals. For your New Year’s resolutions, be specific. Instead of saying, “I want to be healthier in 2019” try “I will eat a serving of vegetables with each dinner in 2019.” Another example would be to make a goal that says, “I will make time for 30 minutes of physical exercise 4 days a week” instead of “Lose weight in 2019.” Urge yourself to think specific!
In case you forgot, we are cheering for you along the way.You can do it! Once you do, please let us know so we can share your own Super Shakes Success Stories!
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