Be Your Best Self.
Embrace your possibilities and live your dreams! Discover – and unleash – your inner AWESOME!
“If you can imagine it, you can create it; if you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward
Consider all the things that make up you: your characteristics, habits, beliefs, strengths, responsibilities, relationships, and so on. If those things were separate pieces of luggages, what would you take with you to the future? What would you leave behind?
We can all imagine idealized versions of ourselves. There’s power in that self creation; it’s the first step to actually owning that identity. When you change how you see yourself, you change your world. Being your best self opens you up to so many possibilities: healthy living, loving relationships, and fulfilling work.When those parts of your life are thriving, positive choices become second nature. As the saying goes, “Happy people make healthier decisions!” Meet your best self, opposite.
Best Self Portrait
THINK ABOUT YOUR “DREAM” SELF. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT?
My best self is ________________ (positive adjective) and __________ (positive adjective). My best self likes to __________ (healthy action) and ____________ (healthy action). When faced with a challenge, my best self thinks ______________ (encouraging thought) and _________________ (effective action). On a typical day, my best self chooses to eat __________ (healthy food) and __________ (healthy food). In a typical week, my best self gets in a few workouts, including ____________ (exercise/activity) and _____________ (exercise/activity). My best self takes time out for relaxing, restoring breaks such as ___________ (enjoyable action). Over all, my best self feels _________ (positive emotion) about life. If a new weight watchers member asked for my definition of success, my best self would say “____________”(positive motto).
Sticking with it Advice from: Lisa Chernick, Executive Food Editor
A Closer Look
The devil’s in the details, right? Paying careful attention to what and how much I’m eating is crucial on Plan. So I always consider what I am going to cook or order, factoring in each ingredient’s PointsPlus value and how it fits into not only the dish, but the day as a whole. Pasta with buttery sauce at a restaurant for lunch? I’ll share that, thanks. But I might order vegetable soup and a salad for myself. Staying mindful helps me stay the course.
You already know that restaurant food tends to pack on the PointsPlus value, thanks to the rich ingredients and the generous portions. What you might not know is that you can call the shots.
- If there’s a sautéed chicken dish on the menu that sounds appealing for instance: I ask for it to be grilled or broiled (it tastes every bit as good and it saves me PointsPlus value.)
- I always ask for a healthy helping of vegetables with any sauces on the side.
- When the food arrives I decide on a reasonable portion and either share or take home the rest.
- For me, not getting enough sleep pretty much guarantees I’ll over eat the next day. To get through the fog, I nibble (and there are only so many carrot sticks I’ll eat before moving on to some serious stuff.) Food fools me into thinking it’s giving me the energy I need, when, in truth, a good night sleep is the only solution. So I make sleep (not tv watching or wed surfing) a priority, especially this time of the year. My well rested self has the energy to make good choices, prepare healthy food, and eat well.
My Favorite Power Food
- I can’t say enough good things about baby spinach (technically just regular flat leaf spinach that’s picked when tender and young). It’s high in vitamin A and K, folate, riboflavin, and much more. For an easy pop of rich green color and mild, slightly sweet flavor, I layer baby spinach on sandwiches, toss a handful into frittata mixtures, and stir some into hot pasta dishes just until the leaves start to wilt.
Every spring, I renew my appreciation for the humble lemon. I use it here and there year round, but now I start sprinkling its zest into baked goods and breakfast items like oatmeal and yogurt. And I even squeeze its juices into hummus, sauces, and soups. Why? Because lemons add brightness and punch to everything – it gives familiar foods a fresh spring flavor.
Sticking With It Advice from: Jamie Gerardi, Senior Editor
- It’s hard being a New York Jets Fan these days. But Super Bowl Sunday still remains sacred on my calendar. Here’s how I intend to enjoy 2015, show down while stay on Plan:
- Watch the game standing up. It’s a party, so it’s easy to migrate from spot to spot chatting with people. Plus, I am not on top of the chip bowl too long.
- Contribute to the grub. My pigskin-friendly go-tos are Hearty turkey chili and zucchini fries.
The Main Event
- I prefer a big lunch to a big dinner. A good midday meal seems to help me power through the day. But to make sure I don’t overdo my PointPlus budget, here are a couple tricks I use:
- I try not to eat at my desk. It’s way to easy to get caught up in work tasks and start mindlessly noshing. Plus, since I am a lunch guy, I like to savor and appreciated it.
- I use the “reverse leftovers” strategy. Many of my coworkers eat dinner leftovers for lunch the next day. I am the opposite. If my midday appetite lands me too big a sandwich, I bring half home, to be paired with a soup or salad for dinner.
Even though I know the Plan well ( and think I’m pretty good at sticking to it), there are weeks when I gain. Here is how I rebound:
- I pinpoint the reasons. If I know why the gain happened (oh, that week – long birthday celebration? Yeah, that’s probably it), I’m better able to prevent the next laps – and budget for the next extravagant event.
- I strategize for the next week. Rather than wallowing in bummed-out-ness, I plan meals, workouts, and so on for the week ahead. So the next time I weigh in. The scale will confirm I’m back on track. It helps to take the initiative; it also works.
A Fresh Look
The right perspective can turn slip-ups into learning experiences. Take these recent experiences:
- My exercise routine had been dormant for a while. Rather than beating myself up, I though “Maybe I’m just bored.” I was right. I changed my running route and added come challenging strength training. Before I knew it, I was back on a regular schedule.
- I was embarrassed at how much fast food I saw in my Tracker. But then I thought “Hmm… maybe I just like burgers!” So I bought some ground turkey and spicy veggie patties. The next week, my tracker was in much better shape.