© Jacquelyn Johnston, M.Ed.
So, what did you pick at the buffet table?
All signed up and at the gym? All set to lose twenty pounds?
In many parts of the media we are already seeing questions like “Have you broken your New Year’s Resolutions yet?” As the festivities wind down we are faced with the reality that we may perhaps be a tad over our desired weight. Are you like my friend Tasha, who made a firm resolution to lose those twenty pounds, to trim that waistline, to slice off that tummy fat? This is the third day Tasha has been having vegetable juice for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and an orange for dinner. How long do you think she can keep Bugs Bunny company?
I hate to tell you this, but this ain’t gonna work. First, I’m just waiting for Tash to call and say she just had a whole, entire pizza. Secondly, after a New Year’s eve party where she ate and drank like she was going to be abducted by aliens on January 1st , can you imagine the shock to the system? Such contrasting diets make tremendous demands on the digestive system, leading its owner to crash and burn in short order.
Small wonder, though, that 21st century people make such decisions. We have been bombarded with every fad diet in town. “Eat these crackers and you’ll move down five sizes, have weight-loss surgery and feel like new, take slimmo-slammo pills three times a day and your weight problems will be gone, join the weight-loss contest, Dr. Jabbem’s weight loss diet: two shots a day keeps the fat cells away!” And so on.
You know as well as I do that none of those too-good-to-be-true fads is going to work. You body cannot handle those roller-coasters. Your heart will not tolerate them. The Tashas of the world need to know one thing: you don’t need a New Year’s Resolution: you need to decide what it is you really want.
You might like to know that 25 million Americans have diabetes, and at least as many have pre-diabetes, which means it’s not yet been diagnosed. You might be harbouring it right now. Weight and diabetes go together, more often than not. So much so that a term had to be coined about 2 decades ago: DIABESITY. This is such a huge medical concern that we now have worldwide stats on the spread of this condition. Diabetes is today’s top medical concern worldwide. This is what excess weight can lead to. Do you want to be part of that statistic? If not, what is it you want, and what are you prepared to do to make sure that’s so?
Do you know what else can happen if you’re overweight? You’ll find some of the answers in free report you see offered on the right of this screen. Do write a comment on this blog and let me know what it is you want for yourself health-wise in the coming year. Or call me at the number below for a free 30-minute consultation on your weighty concerns.
Meanwhile, a healthy, flexible New Year to you and yours. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Cheers for now,
Jacquelyn Johnston, M.Ed.
Professional Health Coach and Educator