What is your goal? How will you get there?
A new year – 2011. Congratulations on your decision to invest in your health! There is no better time than now to start taking control of your health, more specifically your weight. To do that effectively, you need to be able to answer 2 questions:
(1) What is your goal?
(2) How do you plan to meet that goal?
Take some time and really think about this. The 2nd question probably takes a little more thought. Note that everyone’s plan will not be the same. It may share some of the same components, but because every person has a different lifestyle, the tips shared over the next 12 weeks will be lived out differently. I encourage you to take the tips and make them your own. Find a way to fit them into your personal lifestyle and have them work for you.
Ingredients to “Homemade” Weight Loss = Diet + Exercise
Now I know some of you “don’t have time” to exercise or “don’t have the discipline” to eat right most of the time. However, in order to lose weight you’re going to have to choose to do at least ONE of these really well.
Week 1 Tip: Track what you eat and drink. Track your exercise.
People who keep a food journal are more successful at managing their weight. Consider tracking your food and physical activity online. Check out http://www.mypyramidtracker.gov/ . It’s absolutely free!
Even if you decide not to track your intake and exercise continuously, I recommend doing it for at least 3 days to really see where you are. This site will help give you an analysis of your eating and activity habits and make it easier for you to target in on your answer to question #2.
Maria Ali, RD, LD/N
p.s. Don’t forget to let your friends know about The Pound for Pound Challenge!