For many people Thanksgiving is the start of a very busy season filled with family functions, get-togethers with friends, shopping, holiday events and, of course, making and eating the special foods and treats we only enjoy at this time of year.
With all that’s going on, it’s important to have a plan so that you can both enjoy the season AND avoid holiday weight gain. If you haven’t given it much thought before, there’s still plenty of time to create a strategy for yourself and get to work.
SET A GOAL. What do you want at the end of the season? Weight loss? Maintaining the same weight? Stress management? In order to know what to do, you’ve got to decide what you want. Otherwise, you’re simply being shoved about like a pinball through the holidays and you’ll land wherever you happen to land, so to speak.
Instead, think about how you want to feel on December 31st and vision for that future. Then, work to create a path to that destination. Put fitness sessions on your calendar. Plan your shopping trips. Decide which holiday events you’ll attend now and which you’ll pass on. Begin and end your day with 5 0r 10 minutes of mediation or quiet time to help you manage stress. When things get busy it can be easy to forget that we really are in charge of our lives and what happens in it. That’s a blessing we enjoy living in our society so we shouldn’t ignore it.
ACCOUNTABILITY. Setting a goal and then tucking it away in the back of your head is a surefire way to make sure it never gets done. You’ve got to share it with someone and post it where you’re constantly reminded. It really does help to have someone else know about your plan because it makes you feel more obligated to get it done, especially on days when you don’t feel like it.
DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. We’re quite adaptable… and lazy. At least the body is. If you keep doing the exact same thing, the body looks for ways to expend the least amount of energy and effort as possible. The mind gets bored as well. That means that what worked wonderfully last year or even a few months ago might not have the same level of “oomph” now. When that happens, it’s time to break out the new! Try a new exercise, or change the time you workout. Find a new fruit or produce item you’ve never eaten or a different healthy recipe for a food you like. If you always run the same route, pick a new one. Take the family out for a walk to look at the lights before movie night. The options are endless.
DO WHAT’S HARD. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just sit on the couch and have success just handed to us? Our hopes and dreams just delivered to our doors on a silver plater. No testing, or trials. No sweat or tears or fatigue. I think truth be told, we all wish that just a little. Why? Because working for what we want is H.A.R.D! It takes effort and it takes moving outside of our comfort zone… and we do like our comfort zone, right?
But we’ve got to snap out of it! Rarely if ever can we get what we want without moving into places that feel uncomfortable and even down right scary at times. But, we CAN do it. YOU can do it!
So, instead of telling yourself, “I can’t”, tell yourself, “why can’t I?”
Everyone you see who is successful is just a regular person just like you. The only difference is that they have taken and continue to take the steps, one at a time, and they’re consistent in taking them. So, do the same thing! Why can’t you?
If you need help staying on track this holiday season, our Holiday Fitness Challenge starts tomorrow (Nov. 30th)! THIS CHALLENGE IS CLOSED.
It’s FREE as our gift to our WFF family so we can all work together to end the year strong.
Looking forward to enjoying a fantastic and fit holiday season!