Here come the resolutions – one of the most popular being to lose weight or to be healthier. I am all about the idea of taking steps to be healthier. Weight is a component of that, but we tend to get very focused on the scale. That is not the ONLY indicator that you are living a healthy lifestyle. Thus, the focus is on doing the next thing to make those healthy lifestyle changes.
The important thing here is not to do the same things you have already done, and I have done them, too. Start on New Year’s or the first available Monday, try to do everything at once, get overwhelmed and frustrated, snarf down an entire plate of cheese enchiladas and a basket of chips, and completely trash the entire program within a month. Why does that happen? Let’s go back and look at the magic words “try to do everything at once.” That becomes too much to keep track of. If we are going to make lasting changes, we need to integrate them into our lives so that they become part of our new normal. Also, don’t start on Monday. Mondays are bad enough as is, so let’s not make them worse by adding the stress of a new lifestyle on top of that.
One of the simplest starting point is this: hydration. We’ve all heard this and that about water – everything from the standard 64 ounces a day to everyone must drink at least a gallon of water each day. This type of one size fits all thing was always very arbitrary to me So, on the advice of my Crossfit box, I went to http://www.hydracoach.com/calculation/ which offers an individualized calculation of how much water you should be drinking. It is simple, get your number and start drinking that much water. Yes, water. Not soda, not sugary coffee drinks, not juice – water. If your activity level changes, go back and recalculate.
I’m no expert, but it seems this is an easy and logical place to start.
This is not hard. This is not overwhelming. It is just a simple change that can get you moving toward making healthier choices. Focus on this for the week.
One thing at a time.