My New Year’s Resolution? No Resolutions!
Hopefully you enjoyed relaxing and relatively stress-free holidays. It was a gift for me to able to spend time with family and friends, and watch my kids’ eyes light up with joy, which really made it all worth it. I may have savored a bite (or three) of some traditional family favorites that may or may not have been low in carbs, but that’s OK, too! With Atkins, I have all the tools I need to get right back on track. And now we are on to 2017! This year, my New Year’s resolution was not to set any. Instead, I have decided to challenge myself to do some simple things each day geared toward enhancing my mind, my body and my overall wellness, with the idea that doing small things daily will lead to big results!
Be kind to myself. I am my own worst critic, but I’m trying not to be! There are certainly things I could be doing better every day, but there are other things I do just fine, so I’m trying to give myself a little slack.
Take more time for me. Even if it’s a few minutes to read a chapter in a book I’m actually trying to finish, or a hot bath at the end of the day, these moments of “me time” refresh and recharge me.
Move more. I love my regular Pilates or spin sessions. Exercise makes me feel good and reduces my stress. Sometimes life gets very busy and I don’t always get to exercise as much as I’d want, but this year I want to find more opportunities to move more.
Break out of my food rut. It’s easy to eat the same tried-and-true low-carb meals and snacks, and having this routine certainly keeps me on track, but my goal is to find some new low-carb recipes to shake up snack and meal routine.
Watch my sugar intake. Sugar isn’t just found in cookies and candy. There’s sugar in refined grains like white pasta or a dinner roll, and it affects my blood sugar just like the sugar in my kids’ Halloween candy. I’m committed to reading the labels on my food this year and cutting out that sugar whenever I can. I’d much rather feast on fresh vegetables and grilled fish, with some occasional whole grains, knowing I’m satisfying my hunger and keeping my cravings under control.
Here’s to a happy New Year—I’d love to hear what daily changes you’re making this year to improve your health and overall wellness.
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