Since many people use early January as a time to make new resolutions, I would like to make a few comments.
Resolutions once a year generally just don’t work. And the year that I lost the most weight was a year that I did NOT make a weight-loss pledge. It was the year that I decided to take care of myself. Losing weight was a natural result of an overall effort to listen to my body and to take care of myself.
1. Pick one SMALL thing to work on. Small changes can bring results if you actually DO them. And one small change added to another (and another) over time, can be a very effective tool.
2. Pick a goal that is an action. Rather than “lose 30 kilos” (the result of action), choose a goal like:
-measure portions at lunch
-take an early morning walk on Wednesday and Friday
-drink 8 cups of water daily
-keep a food diary
3. Implement a monitoring system. No resolution will work if you do not have a monitoring system to remind you to keep the change going.
4. Decide on prizes, and mark them in your calendar, which you will buy (or give) yourself during the year if you consistently keep your resolution. It can be a material item or an activity. You can give yourself big prizes on occasion, or even small daily ones (any day that you do a half-hour of aerobic walking you reward yourself at 12:30 noon with a half-hour of reading time, for example.....).
My resolution is to be in bed by 1 o’clock AM every night.