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A Diet Scorecard For 2014

So, how are those New Year's resolutions working out for ya?

I'll go out on a limb and guess that most of us who made resolutions included at least one line item that involved losing weight, or eating healthier, or getting fit, or at least not punching slender, healthy fit people. After the holidays are over - and I finish eating all these sugar cookies - I'm really going to buckle down and do something about the fact that random office supplies have started orbiting my midsection like satellites, we say.

I'll also go out on a limb and guess that the optimism and enthusiasm with which those promises were written in December started a rapid decline a few short days later, probably right around the time you got home from the grocery with your new "healthy" menu items and realized that weight loss bars are only low in calories because they're roughly the size of a pencil eraser.

a 2014 diet scorecard - article about dieting by Robyn Welling @RobynHTV
(Article originally published on In The Powder Room. Reprinted with permission.)

As for exercise, it's easy to say you're going to get fit - but once you're on the treadmill and reality slaps you in the face like a suspiciously damp gym towel, it gets tougher to convince yourself that you enjoy physical activity based solely on the recollection that you used to jump rope a lot when you were 10.

When you get down to it, it's simple: new habits are hard to start and old ones are hard to break. What you need in order to stick with your plan is motivation. And how do you get that? By being able to measure your progress.

We know we can't trust the scale to measure progress for us - there are far too many factors involved. Muscle weighs more than fat. Your weight changes at different times of the day. The four days leading up to your period weigh 17 pounds each. And so on.

That's why I've developed a can't-miss numerical scoring system to quantify diet success! No calorie counting, no scales, no measuring tape around the waist. Just start at zero every morning and keep track of these points, based on real-life situations every fitness-focused person encounters. The further above zero you climb, the better you're doing! Here's a sample of mine from the other day:

+2 points: moderate workout
-5 points: congratulatory post-workout cake
+1 point: let spouse have last bite of shared appetizer
-3 points: ate half a large order of fries off my kid's plate
+2 points: did light stretching while watching a movie
-2 points: was stretching over to reach the bowl of popcorn
+1 point: substituted Nutella for syrup on my pancakes

Okay, so I ended up in the negative digits that day. But not to worry! I can always start fresh tomorrow - or else I'll just scrap it, and resolve to start another diet after I'm finished eating Valentine's Day candy.

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