Happy New Year! One of the most popular New Year resolutions is weight loss, and it’s also popularly known to not last much beyond January – if that. It’s supposed to take 21 days to make something a habit, but you won’t last long if you make giant, unsustainable changes. Try taking small, manageable changes one step at a time! We saw a CNN health article on this topic and wanted to call your attention to it - this may just be what many of us could use to help us stay on track and make modifications into a habit of healthy lifestyle.
Note: As always, we point out we are not doctors or health care providers. These are our tips on making small, easy steps to work towards a healthier lifestyle. Talk to your doctor or diabetes educator before making changes to diabetes management!
1. CNN says: switch from whole milk to 1% milk.
We say: switch from a regular latte to a nonfat latte!
If you’re watching your weight, chances are you’re already drinking lower-fat milk, but don’t forget about everything you add to your coffee! Make your coffee skinny and easily rid yourself of those extra calories.
2. CNN says: don’t eat the whole bagel, eat half.
We say: make sure your portion sizes are accurate and shoot for whole and multi-grain breads
Often we eat what we’re given, but forget what a portion size really is. Brush up on how to use nutrition facts labels. Not only will you shave extra calories, you’ll lose the extra carbs, the extra insulin, and any extra-high blood sugars that come with that bagel :). (No matter what, we always seem to underestimate carbs with bagels – no more of that in 2009!)
3. CNN says: make the move from chocolate ice cream to yogurt or a popsicle
We say: you’re more likely to overindulge in a treat if it’s ‘restricted’
It’s ok to treat yourself sometimes – and you’re more likely to do so appropriately if you don’t put it on the black list of foods you absolutely can’t eat. Just remember to check on the portion sizes, count your carbs, and give insulin as needed. And remember, for those of you not taking insulin – it might be worth talking to your healthcare team to see if taking some insulin might expand your choices every day.
4. CNN says: stop being a couch potato and take a 20 minute walk every day
We say: you can do better than that!
Try incorporating exercise into your daily routine. Instead of sitting and chatting on the phone, grab your cell or wireless and walk around your house and up and down the stairs if you can. We love going for virtual walks with friends. Take a break every few hours in the office to walk around; walk or bike to the store or work; get a Wii Fit! Every little bit helps.
5. We say: stay motivated!
Willpower and motivation play a HUGE role in staying active and keeping up the healthy lifestyle. This means YOU make the difference in the changes you are making; we know we can do it and that you can do it! We’ll be working along with you on our own personal resolutions – which always include working toward bettering our attempts at a healthy lifestyle. AND eating more wheat, and walking and riding more … we’ll check back with you in February to let you know how we’re doing. Wish us luck and you luck!