Resolution time again

Today, with a lot of groaning and creaking, I got back on the treadmill for the first time since Christmas.  It had been a rough stretch - first the slow cooker broke,, then the mixer bowl, then the sewing machine, and then some well-intentioned kitchen renovation work led to 3 days of lead decontamination.  Better stay off the treadmill! I rationalized - might break that too!

Like a lot of people, I typically run up 5 to 10 pounds of holiday padding somewhere between the Thanksgiving pies and the New Year's dumplings. This year wasn't too bad - partly because it's less easy to bake when your mixer's out of commission and the kitchen has been turned inside out.  But when the Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook arrived with a chunky thump on the doorstep, its message still felt - well, a little personal.

But to tell the truth, I'm not sure I've ever turned to a weight-loss cookbook to help me out in January, although I might end up reviewing a spa book or two.  Mostly, my strategy is to put away the cookie books and buy a ton of vegetables.  So if anything, I end up referring more to my favorite vegetable experts, like Simon Hopkinson, Paul Gayler, and Susie Middleton.

How about you?  Do you meet your resolutions with a book in hand and a scale in the other?  Do you buy a bathing suit for spring break and walk, bike, or swim until you fit in it? Or do you do what I do, and just get a bunch of greens and hope for the best?


  • Queezle_Sister  on  1/2/2013 at 11:08 AM

    Having just cursed my own bathroom scale, I feel your pain. This fall I tried sticking to Martha Rose Shullman's recipes for health. But for me, I need to ruthlessly follow how much I eat, and so a food diary (e.g. My Fitness Pal) really helps.

  • tsusan  on  1/2/2013 at 4:57 PM

    Oh! I agree completely. I used MyFitnessPal in the summer (last OMG moment on the scale) and it worked wonders. I suppose I should go back to it...

  • Jane  on  1/4/2013 at 7:41 PM

    Tracking for me is important - logging everything I eat. It helps me be more conscious of what and how much I am eating. And having got back today from a 2 week vacation in New Zealand where I ate and drank far too much,, I am dreading the scale revelation tomorrow morning. So I'm back tracking tomorrow (and being honest about it).

  • wester  on  1/5/2013 at 10:10 AM

    I hope this all works out for all of you. Personally, I am very happy I went low-carb. When I take care of the carbs (and for me, that does mean keeping them really low), the calories really do take care of themselves. No hunger, no counting. I hardly can believe it myself.

  • mcvl  on  1/5/2013 at 6:51 PM

    I'm with wester. I've been low-carb for coming on two years now, and I no longer have to worry or exercise willpower about my weight. No sugar, no starch. I always have one bite of anything yummy and celebratory, so for instance one bite of scalloped potatoes, one bite of flourless chocolate cake for Christmas supper at friends' house. But one bite is enough. I exercise some every day and stay below 20 grams of carbs, and I haven't gained back an ounce of the 35 I lost during my first year of eating low-carb.

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