Tag Archive | Resolutions

New Year, New Choices, New Way of Life

I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions.  I mean, why set yourself up to fail, right?  What I lean toward, is self-preservation via rejuvenation, renovation, and simply upgrading one’s way of thinking and way of being.

Starting tomorrow, I am taking part in a weight-loss challenge via DietBet.  This online weight-loss community is so innovative!  The challenge follows a simple premise.  Each participant contributes the same amount of money ($30 for this particular challenge) and has four weeks to lose 4% of their body weight.  At the end of the four-week period, whoever has met the challenge splits the pot!  I’m not one to gamble, but I’m really excited this challenge.  I could definitely use the added incentive.

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This Body of Mine

Let’s talk about this home for my spirit, this body of mine.

I’ve abused this body with junk food, lack of motion, stress, unappreciative men, and self-loathing, over the years.

So what now?

There is no time like the present to get it tight and get it right.  In the past, I’ve started by adopting healthier eating habits.  As we exit 2013, I look forward to resetting my internal metabolic clock.  This time around, I will start with a commitment to the following dietary rules, at least for the first three months of 2014, since I have some birthday goals (35 in March…sheesh):

  • Drink no less than a gallon of water a day
  • Avoid all fast and processed food, sodas (and other carbonated beverages), and sweets
  • No carbs for the first 10 days, starting Sunday, December 29th; then, only consume complex carbs (unprocessed carbs, such as quinoa, steel-cut oats, and lentils)
  • NO ALCOHOL!!!

As far as my activity level goes, any activity that I incorporate, from this point on, is more than I get in right now.  This is what I will commit to:

  • At least 30 minutes of activity, daily

That’s it?  Yes, I keep it simple.  Of course, this will be no small feat.  I’m an all-or-nothing chick.  I can’t commit halfway; I’m not a part-time mother/sister/daughter/friend/lover, so I just like to dive in, head-first.  Call me crazy…updates, including pictures, will follow.

Nita