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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sticking to Your Resolutions

By Suzanne O'Connor

About this time in January, most of us have had missteps in our News Years Resolutions. This year I stuck to mine, mostly cause I made them 4 months ago.

Last Summer I promised myself to eat better with less Sugar and Carbs. I also promised myself to get my body strong again.  This wasn’t about weight loss, cause I’m slim. It was about health. Both promises were addressed immediately, but in small increments.

First I got a professional to assess my specific physical weaknesses. Exercises were added to my daily routine. Nothing that would cause me to break a sweat or couldn’t be done on the fly. I found myself doing exercises while in my kitchen, my office, watching TV or even while standing in line at the market.  These were exercises designed that would strengthen specific muscles.

Next, with the help of my husband I started decreasing my sugar and carb intake.  Not so easy, as I am a carb /sugar lover and have been my entire life. No pasta, less bread, no candy, no pastry and less wine.  I’m eating more nuts, veggies and protein. But I still put sugar & milk in my coffee and I still eat yogurt.

Now I’m on to the next step, adding in a new, slightly harder workout routine and decreasing dairy from my diet. Dairy has proved to be a problem for me, so even though I love it, it’s time to decrease it dramatically.

Making small changes in small increments is the way I was able to keep my resolutions to myself.  I didn’t try to, but I’ve lost 5 lbs. Faltering a bit here or there didn’t deter me since the steps were so small.

One foot in front of the other, one step at a time, you’ll get there.

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