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A Kinder New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution by Johanna Hicks, Family & Community Health Agent




A Kinder New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution

               It is ok – just breathe.  The beginning of a New Year is here and countless resolutions to lose weight will follow.  Remember that our weight loss journeys are noble pursuits…and a tremendous way to care for our health.

               We know that even as little as 5% of body weight is shown to reduce risks of chronic disease like Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease.   For someone who weighs 200 pounds, that’s 10 pounds of weight loss.  That amount is realistic, it is attainable, and very likely to improve your health.  Upping fruits and veggies and avoiding high calorie beverages can make a difference.



               Resolve to be specific in finding a way to reduce your calorie intake based on your habits and taste preferences.  Replacing high calorie drinks with water, cutting restaurant portions in half, and avoiding sides like fries or chips are specific and can help if these are part of your routine .  Everyone is different, but we know extra calories will cause anyone to gain weight.

               Be patient.  Half a pound of weight loss a week is fantastic progress, but especially appropriate for those that are small in stature or older.  That might not seem like a lot, but that amounts to 2 pounds of weight loss each month.  In 5 months, that will turn into 10 pounds of weight loss.  Now that’s something to consider!  That slow, realistic, and consistent change is the key.

               If weight loss isn’t your goal, consider another resolution.  I recently saw a post on social media that suggested thinking of someone who could use your prayers…and then pray for them everyday of the new year.  What a great way to start your morning and help others in the process!  Or make a resolution to do or say something kind every day. Be an example for others.

               From our staff to you, Happy New Year!

4-H Sewing Fun Day

               Interest is building for the 4-H Sewing Fun Day “Quilts Across the County”, scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hopkins County Extension Office.  The workshop will include basic sewing instruction (how to thread a sewing machine, fill a bobbin, and sew a straight stitch), using a rotary cutter and cutting mat, stitching with a ¼” seam, and assembling a simple quilt block.  It is my hope that each 4-H’er will complete at least two or three quilt blocks (or more, for the experienced sewers) during the workshop.  Nine sewing machines, fabrics, irons, and ironing boards will be provided.  4-H members are welcome to bring their own machine.

               Participants are asked to bring sewing scissors, seam ripper, pins, and a sack lunch.  Drinks will be provided.  Please call 903-885-3443 to sign up so adequate preparations can be made.  Let’s sew!!

Article by Johanna Hicks, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Family & Community Health Agent


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