It’s a new year; now it’s time for a new you

Remember sitting around with your friends, a short few weeks ago? Yeah, you remember the night. After a few drinks we all agreed that THIS was going to be the best year ever. Bring on 2017. I’m changing my health and going to reach that darn weight loss goal for sure this time. This time things will be different. This time, we aren’t giving up. Clink. Cheers. Let’s do this. (Insert Tim Allen’s “Tool Man” grunts and groans here.)

Right?

We see the gym memberships rise with the flood of new victims pouring through the doors with their brand new sneakers like a child on their first day of school. Eager to burn some fat and build some muscle. Well, at least that’s what the sign on the door promised. We see the television commercials bombarding us the shakes and diet pills and oodles of pictures of fabulous women in bikinis and men with abdominal muscles that you could grate a block of cheddar cheese on.

Right?

Screech goes the brakes during week two. Yeah, this whole weight loss new lifestyle is bunk and can’t really be accomplished by the normal person that has kids and a job. This is crap. The meal prep, the gym membership, the drinking more water, the new sneakers and all of the little things we put into place just a few weeks ago are gone. We are totally “over it.”

But I say wait — give it a little time.

Expect to have a few slip ups here and there. The difference between a real lifestyle shift and a simple diet plan, is what you do when you mess up, or when life gets a little hard. You have every opportunity to start over at the very next meal. Simple stuff.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. I’ve been doing this healthy lifestyle shift thing for a long time. I can tell you, it is never about a “mommy makeover”, 12-week transformation, Biggest Loser, 30-day melt, or whatever plan. This, my friend, is something we incorporate little by little, day in and day out. You got this.

Natalie Dreger is a certified fitness professional and can be reached at nataliedreger.com.

Read More Food and Health

Do you know how healthy you are?

February 24, 2017 at 10:53 am | Bonner County Daily Bee Jim McKiernan: I shared recently that a very dear friend used to stop by my office years ago and I would always ask how she was, and she would say, “I have everything I want because I have my health....

Read More

Fresh salmon takes center stage at the table

February 22, 2017 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee The cold waters of the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea are bringing forth Nature’s prime gift — Salmon. Blessed as I am to have a son residing in Kodiak — who often provides me with the incomparab...

Read More

What do these plants have in common?

February 22, 2017 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee Many plants and their extracts have been used for centuries to support blood sugar metabolism. I just read a report from a study on the use of one of these extracts, called berberine. This study was ...

Read More

Tuberculosis is down but not out

February 22, 2017 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee When he was 19 years old, George Washington (whose birthday is today, you know) had never been farther than 200 miles from where he was born. As a matter of fact, he’d hardly been out of the state of...

Read More