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January 2, 2015 Don’t Make Resolutions, Make Action Plans


I’ve battled with weight all my life, it’s a fact.  I’ve made resolution after resolution to no avail.

The definition of insanity, according to Elbert Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

On May 19, 2014, with the influence of others, I decided to create an action plan to lose weight.  With the help of two apps, MyFitnessPal and Fitbit, I put the plan into action.

MyFitnessPal is a food tracking system, or food diary, that tracks all of the foods you intake each day.  You can invite your friends to join you, enabling you to encourage and “compete” among each other.  The key to this app is that you have to log everything you eat AND be honest.

Fitbit tracks each of your steps, which helps you ensure you are getting exercise.

Food intake (calories, carbohydrates and fats) and exercise is the key to weight loss.  I’ve learned over the years the fad diets do not work.  You may lose the weight but as soon as you go off the diet you gain the weight right back and most times you gain more than you started with.  Instead, healthy living is a lifestyle change.  I’ve been able to lose 55 pounds and keep it off with this lifestyle change.  My plan of action now is to keep the weight off and live for me.

While nonprofits may not make resolutions, this is the time of year when many of them are making plans for the New Year.  While you are doing this, don’t forget to set goals for yourself as an individual.  I encourage you to develop an action plan so that you can attain those goals, whether it is to lose weight or whatever other objective you have in mind.  I found a great link from Forbes with some ideas to stimulate your thinking. Put your plan into action!

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