Another Year of Resolutions

Happy New Year! Well, have you written down or told someone your New Year’s resolution for 2010?! I know I have, and I was relieved that my only one wasn’t to start a diet and lose weight! That has been my resolution for pretty much all of my life and I knew this year would be different. While one of my resolutions was definitely to continue my weight loss, I changed my wording. Mine this year is to remain healthy and make healthy choices. Take an hour a day for myself for my mental health and that encompasses my daily exercise. I have also committed to myself that I would make small changes to make my eating a little better at each meal.

Happy New Year! Well, have you written down or told someone your New Year’s resolution for 2010?! I know I have, and I was relieved that my only one wasn’t to start a diet and lose weight! That has been my resolution for pretty much all of my life and I knew this year would be different. While one of my resolutions was definitely to continue my weight loss, I changed my wording. Mine this year is to remain healthy and make healthy choices. Take an hour a day for myself for my mental health and that encompasses my daily exercise. I have also committed to myself that I would make small changes to make my eating a little better at each meal.

So I am asking you! Don’t make the same resolutions as years in the past or more importantly, don’t let 2010 pass you by and another resolution not met. So I encourage you to make small healthy changes everyday. It could be as simple as swapping out 2 sodas for 16 ounces of water. Small changes lead to great rewards!


I know with this thought in my head over the holidays I was able to enjoy myself without over indulging. I ate what I wanted, but I would cut things in half and cut my portions down tremendously. You get the same satisfaction out of 3 M&M’s as you do the entire bag! Why waste the calories? I know that over the holidays my mom made these amazing eggnog waffles…my mouth still waters for them as I write this. I had 1 waffle and chewed for 30 seconds and enjoyed every bite and felt full and drank water with my breakfast. I was able to enjoy Christmas morning breakfast with my family without the guilt.

So I challenge you to start making small changes today, remember the rewards are amazing!

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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