You know it’s already started. That’s right: the 2015 Holiday Season.
What was your score for the Halloween kick-off week-end? Did you satisfy-or intensify- those sugar cravings? How many Snickers bars did you slip out of your kids’ trick or treat bags?
Now that we are into November: Are you ready for the next holiday, more determined to ‘do better?’
Keep up the Basics
All year long, I teach and coach that we should be making the best lifestyle choices we can. My observation: now is not the time to abandon the basics. In fact, I think we need to recommit to them.
Here’s the problem: It’s going to get tougher each day to stick with your decision. Let me offer some suggestions over the next few days because I’d like for all of us to experience what one of my mentors, Jim Rohn, calls, ‘Thriving Through the Holidays.”
I’ll cover some pre-party, some ‘during the party,’ and some post-party strategies. Read the entire series…pick at least one idea from each column and implement that one idea. Let me- and all of us- know how it worked for you (contact information below).
Right now, let’s highlight a few basics.
Practice self-discipline in all areas of your life
Time, finances (both of these will be tested for sure over the next few weeks!), relationships. The practiced habits of self-discipline are sure to carry over into food control.
Eat a healthy breakfast
That includes some protein, carb, good fat (not counting bacon here!) Eliminate refined carbs (sugar, white flour; for some, all bread). This will cut the cycle of cravings for ‘something/anything’ mid-morning when your choices might be dictated by what is available in your workplace break room.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Just do it! Yes, you will frequent the restroom more often: be thankful that your plumbing is working!
Eat throughout the day
Snacks and small meals are a good strategy for life in keeping your metabolism balanced. Think of the steam locomotives with a tinder car and fire box that had to be stoked. If the fire was left to burn out, not only was there a slow-down, but it took a lot of work to get the fire going again. Our body’s metabolism operates in a similar way. If we are feeding our body throughout the day, it will continue to generate the necessary energy for us to function— and we can avoid the highs and lows of irregular food intake.
Exercise/work-out in the morning
It seems that this timing promotes fewer cravings throughout the day for the wrong kinds of food.
Lower your sugar and refined carb intake
This is ALWAYS a great goal!
Choose several effective-for-you stress releases/managers.
Some people seem to thrive on the craziness of the holiday schedule. Others cave. How will you handle the stress of the next few weeks? More about this later.
Set realistic goals- write them down- get a partner/accountability partner/coach
OK, this is actually three habits rolled into one because each one is so related to the other. The end of the year, specifically the holidays, is NOT the time to attempt to lose weight and inches. However, you can maintain your current weight/size. You can set a goal of walking 3-4 times a week for 15-30 minutes. You can do that. Start today! Make an appointment with yourself to exercise- and keep the appointment.
Pick one wellness lifestyle basic…and DO IT! Start today! Let us know what you did and ‘how it’s working for you.’
Feel free to pass this blog on to someone else- I won’t mind at all!
Mari DeZago Personal Wellness Coach 480.382.8255 Mesa, AZ