"I'll lose ten pounds in 2014"

It's the New Year and resolutions are being made.  One of the most popular resolutions is to "lose weight."  

A few weeks ago I composed a tweet that in order to lose 1 pound per week you have to burn an extra 500 calories per day.  3,500 calories = 1 pound.  Even though this is important to keep in perspective, I realized that I do not want to be a Dietitian who stresses numbers on the scale.  There is already enough of that everywhere.  The media and this country focuses on an unrealistic, unattainable, idealistic life & body that most people cannot attain.  I do want to be a Dietitian that teaches HOW to eat healthy and WHY to eat healthy.

I've been underweight.  I've been overweight.  During stressful or upsetting time periods I seem to gain a few pounds and during "happy" times I lose them.  All in all, if I do see myself gaining any weight, I look at what I am eating and why I am eating it.  Then I alter accordingly.  I don't step on the scale everyday.  I don't recommend it either.  It'll drive you crazy.  

During a conversation last night over dinner about resolutions I decided mine was to be less self critical.  I think we should all focus on self-acceptance, health, energy, overall well-being & mood.  

Happy New Year full of healthy eating! 


 My favorite time of day during ANY YEAR. 

My favorite time of day during ANY YEAR.