Getting healthy seems to be on everyone’s mind when New Year’s resolution time comes around. However, evaluation of last year’s resolutions doesn’t seem to be a big topic of discussion. I made a goal this year to change that. Of course one of my goals last year was to get healthier and to lose weight, but that goal had a string attached, evaluation. My second goal was to evaluate my progress. So, here I am evaluating what I did to get healthier this year.
The first thing I did to get healthier is to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into my meals. I tried to eat a small to medium size piece of fruit before lunch. This helped curve my cravings for sweets and helped me maintain my correct portions. It also helped insure that I got my daily intake of fruits.
The second thing I did was started walking throughout the day. I started walking around my office at lunch time with a co worker. We bring a sack lunch to work eat for about 15-20 minutes and then walk for the remainder of our lunch break. We usually end up walking for about 35 minutes. It gives me more energy in the afternoon and helps boost my metabolism. I also started getting up and taking a quick walk around the office every hour or so. It helped wake me up and kept me moving.
The third thing I started doing to get healthier is I replaced the vegetable oil in my baked goods with sugar free applesauce. The ratio is 1:1. I couldn’t give up homemade cookies or brownies, so I had to change what was in them. By swapping out the oil for applesauce I have cut out many unneeded calories and fat and I haven’t missed them one bit. I have also added more fruit to my diet; although the amount of apples per serving is minimal it is still an improvement.
The fourth thing I have done to improve my health this year is limited my soda intake. I have been an avid soda drinker for many years, and this year I started to cut back. I didn’t cut it out, just back. I have noticed a big difference in how I feel during and after exercise since I have stopped drinking so much soda. The good thing about this is I still can have soda so I don’t feel the restrain of being told “No”. I am simply in control of how much and how often I drink it. For example, I use to drink a 24 oz soda two times a day. Now, I drink a 12 oz soda 2 times a week.
The fifth thing I did was weight lifting. I started lifting weights at the gym two times a week. I have noticed that my back and neck are not as tight or sore as they use to be after sitting at my computer all day. I feel stronger all over. I was always told to be careful lifting weights as a girl because I could get too bulking. This is so false. Women especially need to build muscle to stay fit. I really enjoy lifting the weights and seeing the definitions on my legs and arms.
Getting healthier doesn’t mean revamping your entire life or cutting out everything that you love. I know I would never last on a strict diet. I started doing these small things and over the course of a year I am healthier and I have more energy. You don’t need a gym or some prepackaged meal to get healthier, eat a piece of fruit or take a walk at lunch. It’s amazing how small things really do add up quickly. Make it a goal this year to evaluate your progress. Stick to your weight loss or getting healthy goal, but make it do-able.