Healthy Weight Week: Time to Refocus

National Healthy Weight Week is celebrated annually starting the third Sunday in January. The purpose of the seven-day observation is to remind us to embrace the body we were given, and do all we can to keep it healthy.

Let’s face it: diets don’t work.

A diet is a quick fix, but good health is a lifestyle. Healthy Weight Week is not about giving up all food fast or eating zero carbs per day. Ultimately, it depends on what works for each person, but diets are known to be difficult and agitating.

Like most diets, most New Year’s resolutions are broken in the month of January, and the most common resolutions that are betrayed are the ones that affect our health the most, and not just physical health, but emotional health, too.

One of the most common resolutions is to let go of stress. These suggestions for combating stress can help:

  • Get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning. The inevitable morning mishaps will be less stressful.
  • Prepare for the morning the evening before. Set the breakfast table, make lunches, put out the clothes you plan to wear
  • Don’t rely on your memory. Write down appointment times, when to pick up the laundry, when library books are due, etc.
  • Practice preventive maintenance. Your car, appliances, home, and relationships will be less likely to break down or fall apart “at the worst possible moment.”

So, take some time this week to create a pledge to make better choices, and start doing whatever it takes to start loving and caring for your body and mind, if you don’t already. Happy Healthy Weight Week!

And remember: The greatest wealth is health. –Virgil

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