There was a perfectionist among readers who wrote in about keeping New Year’s resolutions based on our cover story last week about three Western New Yorkers who did so – and had great success a half year later.
Joe Sexton, a Twitter follower of Refresh, did nothing.
“For the 47th year running, I have been totally successful in keeping my New Year’s resolutions: Don’t make any!,” he tweeted to @bnrefresh.
The trio we featured did have company in seeing some amazing results, however, and Honey Snitzer was the most successful among them.
Here’s what she told us in an email:
My resolution was to lose 50 pounds in 6 months; just two pounds a week. I started the diet on New Year’s Day.
Breakfast included a small cup of oats, 1 glass of milk and 1 banana. Lunch was 6 oz of plain yogurt topped with 6 whole walnuts and 1 orange. Dinner was usually a salmon filet or chicken breast, a small baked potato, a bowl filled with mushrooms, grape tomatoes, red pepper, sliced beets, baby carrots and radishes covered with one slice of turkey breast.
Vegetables were an “all you can eat,” treat except for the starchy ones such as potatoes.
In between large meals, I snacked on fresh fruit: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and more.
I had a minimum of 10 glasses (8 oz.) of water a day to help rid the body of wastes and keep my metabolism going.
In a notebook that never left my side, I recorded all meals, the time and my hunger on a scale of 1-10.
I did not eat three hours before bedtime.
Exercise was/is 1 to 1½ hours on my recumbent bike five days a week while watching the Dr. Oz show or another health TV program.
I have lost a total of 50 pounds and have kept it off and this is with a slow metabolism.
I’ve also used acupressure to stave off food cravings and I still successfully use it!