While I have aspired to reach those goals myself, I have never actually resolved to do so in the New Year. I have in the past made goals to lose weight, work out or play more sports and eat healthier but have always gone back to old eating habits. This year, however, is sitting differently with me because on January 1st, 2016 a lady that I knew passed away from a heart attack in her home. Being obese (according to the BMI scale) was the biggest contributing factor as it lead her to diabetes and heart disease. This lady was in her 30s.
I had already began a journey prior to the New Year to make healthier choices for my body. I had quit smoking in November and because the Slo-Pitch season ended, I had begun going back to the gym; not as often as I should have been going, but at least the effort to make it a habit had begun. But the death of this lady has opened my eyes to the very real possibility of health issues that could quickly come my way if I don’t make drastic changes to my lifestyle.
Upon returning from shore leave in the Dominican Republic, I have continued to swear off cigarettes and have removed diet coke and most sugary drinks from my diet. I am drinking much more water and increasing the amount of fruits and veggies I eat. I have also decided to get in the habit of preparing all of my meals at home. No more eating out just because it’s quick and easy. I had planned to practice portion control and replace any unnecessary carbs with a vegetable but upon entering the produce section at my grocery store, I realized that a lot of people had the same idea. Everything had been picked clean! No spaghetti squash (which I eat a lot of anyways), no kale, no peas, nothing! No fret though. Stores will restock and I will be getting my squash on!
I figured it was probably for the best anyways. Small steps and small goals are better in the long run. So for the rest of January I will continue to stay away from aspartame, and sugary drinks and drink much more water than usual. I will also make it to the gym or take the dogs for a walk; something to keep me moving and active for at least 5 hours a week. Come February 1st, my goals will increase and maybe another one or two will be added.
At the January meeting I learned that fellow crewmember James lost a significant amount of weight and made a lifestyle change for the better. Next week I hope it get the chance to talk to him and share some advice and tips for any other crewmembers who have similar goals. Also if anyone missed, our Chief of Operations has challenged me to a biggest loser contest. She is quite active and has a big head start on me but it sure will be interesting when we lock down the rules. If anyone has any tips or healthy recipes they would like to share, please email me at email@example.com or comment below!
Happy New Year!