Keep your Resolutions!

After a busy holiday season, most people will say that one of their New Years Resolutions is to lose weight.

Usually it all starts well, with good intentions and planning. But how can you keep that going for 12 full months? Even if your resolution isn’t to specifically lose weight- these 3 steps can translate to help you keep any New Year’s Resolution:

1.) Write it down: Is it daunting to write down everything you eat? Yes. However, statistics have shown that if you write down what you put in your body, you’re more likely to feel more control over what you’re eating. Nowadays, there are more and more free websites that provide a food log to help you keep better track of your diet. Did you resolve to exercise more? Then make a calendar just for tracking your exercise- be sure to note the day time and duration.

2.)   Think Big, Start Small: So you would like to lose 10 lbs. this year. Great. But if you look at it as 10 lbs total all of the time, it might be intimidating. Breaking down a larger goal may be a great key to your success. Instead of saying, I want to lose 10 lbs. this winter, re-train yourself to say, every 2 weeks Id like to lose 1-2 lbs. Keeping some short-term goals may have you dropping those unwanted pounds in no time. This is easy to do for other resolutions as well. Want to become more organized this year? Perfect- start one room (or portion of a room) at a time.

3.) Victory Dance: It is so important to celebrate your weight loss or healthy eating goals once you’ve reached them. The key is not to celebrate with a cookie. When you’ve reached a goal (even a smaller one like I mention above), reward yourself. Get a massage, have a date night, get that new hot pair of shoes! By rewarding yourself in this way, you’ll stick to your goals! Heres the fun thing to think about- the more resolutions you stick to- the more goals to celebrate!

-By Sandi Partyka, Certified Fitness and Pilates Instructor, Certified Health Counselor

New Years Steps for Weight Loss Success

The end of the year is quickly approaching, and for many of us, that means a few things; parties, celebrating with friends and family, and new plans of health and happiness in the New year.

No doubt you may have some New Years Resolutions, but before we even get there (you’ll see a part 2 post to this one on how to KEEP those resolutions soon) I thought wed get a jump start on diet strategies for 2011.

Step 1: Start now. Before the ball drops- write down how you would like to revamp your diet. Write it down NOW.  By doing this, you’ll stick to your plan and can look at it, right on New Years Day and see what you have in store for 2011. Think big, and write down as much as possible- make it a sort-of laundry list of things you would like to change about your diet.

Step 2: When you look at that list on New Years Day- pick just one thing youd like to do with your diet. Whether it be eat breakfast everyday, get less take-out for dinner, or incorporate more healthy fruits and vegetables into your diet- circle that ONE small change and do it starting that day.

Step 3: Do that small step for 7 days. Then circle another one. Continue the one thing you picked in Step 2 and now add this one to it for 7 days. I think you can see where Im going with this. In one month, you could be eating more vegetables, having breakfast everyday, eating less take-out and making healthier desserts- without feeling overwhelmed.

And to help you celebrate the New Year, hears a healthy Champagne Cocktail:

Pomegranate-Cranberry Champagne:

For every 8 oz. of   Champagne

add 1/2 oz. 100 % Pomegranate- Cranberry Juice

Each glass is loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C (which is great when parties and late nights can wreak havoc on your immune system) and is around 75-80 calories per glass.

Happy New Year and well see you in 2011!!

-written by Sandi Partyka, C.H.C.