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It was inevitable, considering where I work, that at some point I would have to post some book recommendations.  Two titles revealed themselves to me today.  Although I’ve not read either (one I have the other, I will have to purchase) they both seemed promising so I thought I’d share them any way.

The first title I spied on our new non-fiction cart at the Howard County Library – “52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You” by Brett Blumenthal.  The title alone intrigued me.  From skimming through it (and reading the back cover) it seems to adhere to many of the same things we learn in Weight Watchers.  I loved the first line on the back cover and I quote “Let’s face it: change is easier said than done, especially when it comes to managing your health amidst the chaos of everyday life.

The basis of this book is to make 1 small change each week and in a year’s time you’ll be healthier and happier.  Very much the same thing we learn at Weight Watchers.  Our leader, Pat,  often asks when someone has a celebration “What did you change or do differently?”  Each of us changes many things from eating healthier to exercising more to controlling our portions.  I think this book can only help me on my journey and support what I’ve already learned from the wise and wonderful members of Weight Watchers.  I highly recommend reading it – check your local library or buy from your favorite bookstore.

The second title came to me via Facebook this afternoon.  I happened to check my news feed when I saw a post from Weight Watchers Supermarket Foods about a new cookbook “Weight Watchers One Pot Cookbook“.  Again I haven’t read these recipes yet so I can’t really say how great this book is but I’ve not been disappointed by any of the Weight Watcher cookbooks I’ve bought so far.  What I really like about this link on Facebook was that the site selling this book links to many vendors including Kobo, Sony Reader and iBooks so for those who love e-books you have options and for those who love “tree books” you can order from Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Books a Million among others.  I downloaded samples from both Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com for Kindle to use on my Asus Transformer Prime tablet.

I’m looking forward to both of these titles (one in “tree book” form) and the other (the cookbook) I’m going to purchase in e-book format so I can use it on my tablet while cooking.  I don’t think you could go wrong with either one as you will gleam some piece of information or a recipe that can change, even if it’s a small one, how you are doing things today.

Reflecting On Things Past To Move Forward

I guess it’s inevitable that at the last Weight Watchers meeting of 2011 we should do some reflecting on our success this past year.  More importantly I like to look at where I might have failed (or in less harsh terms – where I slipped up and had learning moments).   Mistakes are what make us human and give us the most opportunities to grow/learn.   There are so many great quotes regarding mistakes I can’t pick just one.  But looking back at the good and the bad is important part of your health journey.

If you subscribe to eTools you have reports on your fingertips that can help you see patterns.  Take time to review them.  Look at the weeks where you lost and the ones you didn’t – what is different about the weeks that you lost weight?  Do you track often or rarely?  How about your healthy checks – do you succeed at completing those each day?  If you don’t use eTools try tracking your weight loss on a graph that can help you to see patterns sometimes as well.

Several members looked back at the year but especially the holidays and saw where they needed to improve.  One member mentioned that she realized that she drank a lot of diet soda while off for the holidays (something she doesn’t do so much the rest of the year).  It struck a chord with me and I got to thinking about how much Diet Coke I had the past week (and may have explained some of my weight gain that week – although a lot of it was from giving myself a bit too much permission to have goodies during Christmas).  Our leader mentioned that a lot of sodas have too much sodium in them.  I found an interesting article on all the diet soda/sodium and breaking the habit.  I mentioned that canned foods (such as tomatoes which I use in a lot of recipes) also have sodium but luckily we have the no-salt version as well.

So take a moment to look back at 2011 so you can move forward with your health goals in 2012.  I for one am going to limit my soda intake to 1 per day now that I’m back at work.  The rest of my liquids will be water (fizzy or flat).  Remember to track not guesstimate – guesstimating can work against us in many ways (either we aren’t allotting enough points or too many).  Try to make small changes as they are not only the easiest but make this health journey more of a lifetime goal than a momentary one.  But the one thing I think we all need to do when we look back at the past year is forgive ourselves for any slip ups and move on.  Look at those slip ups but use them as learning moments (what could you have done differently?).   Don’t forget while looking back to celebrate all those things you did that made a difference.  Look at those and continue (if not magnify them) these in 2012.

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I wish all of my readers a very healthy, happy New Year!

Transformation Nation

Our leader, Pat, was telling us about the Dr. Oz show that aired this week (since most of us work during the day and missed the show).   He is partnering with Weight Watchers and wants to start a health revolution.  He has created 7 simple steps to help you take control of your health.  This is not a diet (something I learn at WW) this is a healthier way of living – a life style change.

If you are like me and didn’t DVR or TiVo his show, you can catch some of it on his videos page of his web site.

Sign up at your local Weight Watchers and then go online to his site and who knows, you might not only be healthier but you could wind up wealthier!