By Pamela Redwine
What’s happening at the Extension Office this week:
Mississippi Savers Club – Thursday, January 16 – noon – 1p.m. Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to save more this year?
Whether saving for a new home, special occasion, retirement, or just saving more of your income, this program will help you set achievable goals in the new year! This program is free, however we do ask that you call the Extension office to let us know you will be coming.
Healthy You Exercise Classes meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. at the Extension office in Coffeeville. We will not meet on Monday, January 20.
The Yalobusha County Extension Office will be closed on Monday, January 20th.
The Yalobusha Y.C., MHV Club will hold its January business meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21st. All members and any interested in joining are encouraged to attend.
The Crochet Group meets twice a month. Their next meeting will be on Thursday, January 23 at 10 a.m. at the Extension Office. The class is free, please bring a crochet hook and yarn.
4-H Upcoming Meeting
The Yalobusha Buddies and the Clover Buds will meet on Thursday, January 23rd at 4 p.m. Please call the Extension office at 675-2730 to let us know that you will be attending.
Nutrition Group Interest Meeting –
Our exercise classes are going great, but several people have mentioned that they would like to learn more about what to eat, how to cook etc. to aid in their healthy living lifestyle. We will have a nutrition interest meeting on Wednesday, January 29 at 9:45 (right after exercise class). During this meeting we will discuss how often and when we will meet and the topics that we want to discuss. Anyone interested is invited to attend.
Are Your Goals Unrealistic?
Do you have goals? Goals can involve a lot of different things from what career you will have in five years to how you can save enough money to purchase a new car in three years. During this time of year, many people make goals dealing with eating healthier and losing weight. How can you be successful in reaching these “goals”? The first thing you have to do is determine whether your goals are realistic or not.
Beware of asking too much of yourself right away. This can be unsustainable, and in some cases, extremely unhealthy. Check out a few examples of unrealistic goals below, and make sure that these aren’t on YOUR list…
•Weight loss of 10 pounds or more per month.
•Exercising every day.
•No restaurant dining.
•A strict, “go-hungry” diet.
•Skipping breakfast or lunch every day.
•Buying specialty foods that promise weight loss.
Realistic goals can be challenging, but should be achievable. Look for ways to improve your lifestyle, diet, and activities, but remember to start slowly. Take a look at a few examples of realistic goals below…
•Try a weight loss of 1-2 pounds per month.
•Aim to exercise an average of 5-6 days per week.
•Learn to make better choices at restaurants.
•Try new, healthy foods.
•Find satisfying snacks that are low in calories.
•Eat healthy, lean breakfasts and lunches that are high in fiber.
•Enjoy plenty of fruits and veggies, cooked whole grains, and lean protein foods.
1.Aim for a weight loss of 1-2 pounds per month.
2.Make a conscious effort to buy and eat more fruits and vegetables.
3.Plan your grocery shopping ahead of time to avoid random purchases.
4.Manage the food you keep on hand and go out for occasional treats rather than keeping them around the house.
5.Make better and smaller choices when you eat at restaurants. Try soup and salad as your entree, or an appetizer and a salad.
6.When possible, bring a bag lunch from home. Packing your own lunch makes it easier to control the calories and contents.
Now it’s your turn! Write down a few goals that you would like to achieve in the coming weeks, months, or even years.