Don’t Resolve to Lose Weight in 2015!

It’s getting to the end of the year and that means a new one will be starting.

That also means that people are thinking about their lives, how they’re living them and what changes they should make to make 2015 a better year.

I understand the rationale of weight loss New Year’s Resolutions.

It’s a good idea that rarely gets executed well. The resolutions are too big or just a bad fit with your life. Often it’s more of a should lose weight  than a want to lose weight.

Why does that matter? What’s the difference between should and want?

That’s easy to answer. We tend to find excuses to get out of doing things we should do but don’t really want to do. We tend to find ways to do what we really want to do. No wonder resolutions are often quickly forgotten.

Don’t resolve to lose weight in 2015. Resolve to take better care of yourself because you want the benefits of good self care!

Here are 10 suggestions for your resolution to take better care of yourself. They’re things you’ll want to do because they’re easy and they’ll give you want you want!

  1. Get to bed on time (on most days)
  2. Eat 5 (or more) servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
  3. Wear comfortable shoes to make it easy to take more little walks throughout the day.
  4. Chew food thoroughly, sip water between bites and try to get in touch with what “full” feels like.
  5. Treat yourself to a small serving of an indulgent food daily and without guilt.
  6. Make time for some fun physical activity daily – not “work outs” but rather “play outs!”
  7. Eat more whole grains.
  8. Eat meals free of distractions from screens (TV, computer, cellphones)
  9. Have a serving of fruit or vegetables with every meal.
  10. Drink more water in place of sugary drinks.



Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.