Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year's Resolutions to Lose Weight

I've still got New Year's Resolutions on the brain. I'm constantly thinking of what I can do to further improve my eating habits and get myself moving more. I know this is a big topic right now (losing the weight put on over the last month is a big topic everywhere I go). I thought I'd share some ideas for resolutions that are not all that difficult, but can get anyone on the right track to losing weight.

1. Go Vegetarian one day a week. Pick a day, any day. Meatless Mondays have become all the rage, but just pick one day a week and resolve to eat vegetarian that day. And, by vegetarian, I mean focusing on eating mostly plant-based food. If you want to get really serious, go vegan for the day.

2. Get yourself some gadgets. I bought a pedometer this year, and it really made me aware of just how much (and how little) I was moving and burning calories. It inspired me to both move more, and eat less. Besides pedometers there are a whole slew of weight loss gadgets on the market these days, but I say keep it simple.

3. Learn to cook from scratch. I say that losing weight starts in the kitchen, the more you cook for yourself from scratch (no Sandra Lee cooking here), the more weight you'll lose. You'll also be eating cleaner since you won't be eating as many chemicals and preservatives. It may seem counter-intuitive, but taking a few cooking classes may be the best thing you can do to put yourself on the road to long term weight loss. Plus, once you get the hang of cooking from scratch, all those processed convenience foods start to taste pretty awful.

4. Read the labels of everything you buy, and if it contains ingredients you can't pronounce, don't buy it. The closer you stick to "real" food the more weight you'll lose.


  1. I have to say that number 3 is a given for me now. I think my fiance is already enjoying because now he is getting homemade meals instead of pizza or Subway. I've only been at it a couple days, but I find it amazing how much and how often I eat. Of course, most of what I have been eating has been veggies and fruit, but I still had my chicken the last two nights. Tomorrow I will find something else to eat. As much as I keep eating, I still have not even hit the 1500 calorie mark. It seems that in order to do that I would have to eat a whole lot more than what I've been eating, and that is quite a lot. I still have some adjustments to make, but at least I am finally working on it.

    Thanks again for your inspiration!

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