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We’re one month into the new year and it’s time to look out how I’ve been doing on my overhaul and renewal. Not great, but not bad.

I took January as a time to begin to change my unhealthy ways. After Thanksgiving and the Christmas season, it wasn’t too hard to eat better.  Once the egg nog was taken out of the grocers’  dairy case, it was out-of-sight, out-of-mind for me. And the seemingly endless stream of cookies and other holiday treats ended.

I rejoined the gym after an 8-month hiatus. I haven’t gone full blast but I am getting more and more used to the routine. So, now February has begun and it’s time for new goals.


  1. I”ve been doing good cutting out much of the sweets, but still have a weakness for the candy basket in the features department. Goal: Have healthier snacks on hand at work. Any suggestions?
  2. Still have that weakness for putting Ranch dressing on everything. Goal: Use lower-calorie dressings and dips like hummus, honey mustard and fruit vinaigrette.
  3. Been better about cutting down the high-calorie alcohol like margaritas and Bailey’s and other fun creamy drinks. However, the past week I worked the night shift and a bought a bottle of White Russian mix for the late nighcaps after long, stressful days (or nights) at work. Goal: Keep alcohol consumption (especially the high-calorie stuff) to a minimum.
  4.  Still have a hankering for high-carbohydrate foods like pasta and bread. Goal: Find alternative to pasta side dish for majority of evening meals with family (husband not fond of vegetables). Any suggestions?
  5. Been good about drinking water throughout the day but still have a weakness for fruit punch Snapple and hot chocolate. Goal: Keep up with the water and go for regular coffee or diet drink when need something else.


  1. Signing back up for the gym was a big step. Been going about 2 to 3 times a week. Goal: Need to get that number up to 4 or 5 times a week. Biggest challenge is finding time during the week when I work the day shift.
  2. Been doing 15 minutes each of either recumbent bike, stepper and treadmill. Goal: Do 15 minutes of all three during workouts.
  3. Keeping the levels at a low 3. Goal: Bump that up to 4 or 5 during February.
  4. Working on upper body with weight machines. Goal: Work more on legs.
  5. With extreme cold weather that comes with January in Iowa, haven’t been for many walks. Goal: Go for walks during lunch hour and after work as weather gets more manageable.

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