New Years is a great time to press CTRL+ALT+DELETE and start anew. It doesn’t matter if you’ve crashed in the past, just reboot and start fresh. Millions of Americans are starting new diet and exercise plans today, including me.
Here’s my plan:
- Move more Nothing big or especially crazy at first, just movement every day. And no Kate, typing doesn’t count. My movement plan is yoga, swimming, or walking each day. I picked these activities because they’re joint friendly (I’m saving myself for my once a week indoor soccer game followed by Aleve).
- Eat less The secret to losing weight isn’t really a secret. To lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume. Simple. So why is it so difficult? <insert excuses here>. My plan is to drink more water, enjoy smaller portions, and eat whole foods as much as possible.
- Document progress Accountability is king. An exercise and eating log will help me stay on track and see my progress.
I’m steering clear of goals like must lose five pounds. Instead, success for me is exercising each day and eating whole foods.
Kaizen is the Japanese principle that focuses on continuous improvement. It doesn’t matter where you’re at, it’s the improvement that matters. Ah good! I will embrace my winter muffin top and begin my Muffin Top Reduction Program (MTRP) – aka “move more, eat less, document progress.”
How about you? What are your strategies for eating less and moving more?
Leo Babauta has created a new Web site to help people create new habits – check out 6changes.com.