Last February, I entered the elevator at work just as a portly young man from another company was leaving it. He was explaining to a friend how he had lost five pounds over the past six weeks and expected to drop an additional 50 over the next 12 months.
I saw him in the hallway last week and, sadly, there was no noticeable change in his weight.
According to the experts, 90% of us will abandon our New Year's resolutions by January 31st. That statistic, while depressing on its face, can actually be viewed positively if you become that one person out of 10 who sets his/her goals and sticks to them.
Invariably, the most popular resolutions each year are connected to fitness and weight loss and personal trainers say the key to success lies in setting small, attainable goals and making them tangible. Don't say “I'm going to start exercising”. Do say “Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, when I get home from work, I'm going to take off my work shoes, put on my sneakers, and go for a brisk walk in the neighborhood.”
Like most people, my problem with food is willpower (or the lack thereof). Plus, my wife and I love to cook and experiment with new recipes.
But I do have high hopes for 2018 since I have two friends who have achieved remarkable results using a diet plan called “intermittent fasting”. One dropped 40 pounds over the course of 9 months while the other has lost 12 pounds in just six weeks.
Intermittent fasting (IF) is currently very popular in the health and wellness community and is not concerned with what you eat, but how often you eat. By eating fewer meals, intermittent fasting can lead to an automatic reduction in caloric intake and can also trigger some beneficial changes in your metabolism and hormone balance.
Most IF regimens call for an 8 hr./16 hr. balance– eating your last meal of the day around 6-8pm, then skipping breakfast the next morning and eating your next meal at noon (16 hours later). Weight loss is pretty much guaranteed if you do this at least two days each week. Of course, all bets are off if you gorge yourself and consistently overeat at mealtime.
Intermittent fasting can provide many benefits for your body and brain. It can cause weight loss, and may protect against type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It may also help you live longer as studies have consistently shown a beneficial link between longevity and a reduction in caloric intake.
Convention has it that January is named for Janus, the Roman God of beginnings and endings. Thus he is depicted as having two faces– one looking to the past and one gazing into the future.
Behavioral psychologists caution against spending too much time looking in either direction, since uncertainty dwells in the future and the past is home to regret and remorse.
But I do think now is a good time to turn back the clock and take a second look at past events as seen through the lens of our very talented photographer, Rosie Bullock.
One of the hardest decisions I make each month is choosing which of Rosie's photos to publish in the limited space available for that purpose. For more than 10 years now, Rosie's Nikon, as well as her beautiful smile, have been fixtures at countless Hispanic festivals and events. To many of our readers, Rosie is the “face” of La Voz Latina and I could not hope for a better goodwill ambassador. One of the secrets to Rosie's success as a photographer is her unique ability to put her subjects at ease. This is due, in part, to her easy manner and sunny disposition.
In today's world, where political and racial tensions routinely set nerves on edge, it is remarkable that I can only remember one or two occasions when Rosie looked even a little sad or depressed. And further investigation revealed the cause as concern or sorrow for the health or wellbeing of a friend.
So this month, it is my privilege and honor to devote much of the space in this issue to the outstanding work of our dear friend and talented co-worker, Rosie Bullock.