Did you make a resolution? Over a month into it now, have you stuck with it? I know this time of year, regulars at gyms are probably appreciating the gradual disappearance of January "Resolutionists" - they are getting their equipment back!
If you had made a resolution this year and it has fallen to the wayside now, my suggestion is to get back at it. Forgive yourself if you've slipped up somehow. Your intentions were most likely good! The New Year is just an ideal time to take stock of where you are at in your life. These changes, however, can be put into action at any time. To slip-up is human. To get back on course is sometimes the more difficult part. If at first you don't succeed...
Then along came Valentine's Day! A little extra pressure to show those you care about, that you do care. Don't we do that everyday anyway? I suppose we should. Of course we SHOULD. Wether you decided to use the day to show your special someone(s) you care or not, we should keep in mind that being able to love yourself is just as (if not more!) important. That old adage about "how can you love another if you don't love yourself" does make sense. We show ourselves love by taking care of ourselves. Nothing greedy or selfish but I think your body appreciates healthy foods and a bit of exercise! Do it! (And this can take us back to the original "resoultion" theme above).
On a side note, yet still relevant, I had heard of a study where it was proposed that your own immune system will react to and potentially repel you away from certain people. I'd definitely like to learn more about that study. If I find it, I will share!
Finally, here IS an interesting story on a study of Artificial Sweeteners by the CBC.
Something to keep in mind if trying to limit calorie intake by these means.
"Diet pop and other artificially sweetened products may cause us to eat and drink even more calories and increase our risk for obesity and Type 2 diabetes, researchers are learning".