A New Year is just around the corner and the resolutions are flying around like shot specials on ladies night. They are all conceived with great intentions, high expectations and visions of success. Actually following through could solve several major woes and provide one with a sense of accomplishment.
Unfortunately, these resolutions made over the next week are just the same pitiful pledges you left unconquered from last years ball dropping holiday. We say the same thing each year; lose weight, earn more, work less, learn Spanish, blah, blah, blah.
The battle of the bulge has begun and it started way back on Halloween. Ever since your little monster dumped out his/her candy filled pillowcase, those chocolate covered peanut butter cups, caramel filled bars candy bars, and the freakin’ bubblegum suckers have now become the enemy. To top it off, those Thanksgiving dinners that were devoured have also expanded the waistline.
That’s right dinners, plural. Both sides of the family had feasts. But, how can you pass up a second helping of turkey, pulled pork, ham, kielbasa, pierogi’s, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, biscuits, pie, cookies….ARGH!!! Feels like the old ticker just skipped a beat again and something needs to be done.
How about just picking one thing to resolve this year and working towards that goal? Losing weight seems to be the largest decree made each December 31st, so lets attack it with a vengeance. Vow to a reachable goal first. Reach it and set another. A good start is just changing the way you eat. If you don’t add air to a balloon, it don’t get bigger. Just like your body with food. Obviously we need to eat, but changing when, how, what, and how much can make the difference between reaching your goal and saying this all over again next December.
Here are some tips to help:
- Eat a nice healthy breakfast to get you moving in the morning. Fruits, oats, and lean meats can build energy to get you going for the day.
- Consequently, eating late at night just before bedtime does not allow your body the opportunity to burn it off and eventually builds fat.
- A large glass of water 10-15 minutes before a meal will curb your appetite and help reduce your overall intake.
- Having a bowl of fruit or a vegetable platter on the kitchen counter allows for a healthy snack option.
- Start your meal with a salad but stay away from the heavy dressings. Vegetables contain the vitamins your body needs and helps to fill the black hole you call a stomach.
- Use your fist as a measurement when it comes to the amount of food you put on your plate. Smaller portions, smaller intake.
- Another nice tip is to cut your food up smaller to help your stomach with digestion.
- It takes your brain a little bit of time to realize that your belly is full so eating fast is how people overstuff themselves. Eating slower allows the brain the time to react and send the message, “put down the fork and step away from the table”.
- Eating slower also makes you chew your food more. This will give your stomach a chance to digest the chunks of food you’ve just shoveled into your mouth.
- Anything fried will put the on weight. By grilling that chicken or seafood instead of frying reduces your fat intake tremendously.
- Grilled vegetable skewers are also a nice side dish you can mix up.
- Barbecue with just hot sauce saves on the calories the sweet sauces offer.
- Stay away from sodas. All sugar and no benefits.
- Unfortunately, beer falls into this category as well.
- Liquor, however, is a better substitute but keep away from the sweetened mixers.
- Furthermore, wine can even be considered somewhat medicinal when consumed in smaller quantities.
- And finally, the elephant in the room. Exercise is the only true way to get rid of the fat already in your body. Check with your doctor and ask him/her for advice on reasonable exercises. Always stretch first to loosen the muscles and to help avoid injury.
- Walking 20-30 minutes each day, around the block, to the library, or to a friends house will burn the calories needed to help you meet your resolution. It’s also a low impact cardio workout.
- Parking a little farther away from the store, squeezing some butt crunches in your work chair or even doing some leg lifts on the couch during the news can work off some of those pesky calories.
- Find an exercise you enjoy, that encompasses both cardio and muscle building, and you’ve taken two steps closer to your 2012 goal.
Remember that these tips are coming from a lover of pies. Offering suggestions for weight loss and actually following the advice are two different things. A healthy way of life is accomplished by first admitting you have a problem and secondly stop doing the damn things that got you here. Article writers are no exception to this rule.
Here are some tasty recipes that can help meet your dietary needs:
- Chipotle Spiced Shrimp
- Mexican Feast
- Chicken Curry Wraps
- Weight Loss Cabbage Soup
- Steak Salad
Remember that resolutions are for quitters, so eat better, exercise, and grill to find the quitter in you. Good luck.
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em and don’t forget your bib.