We’re big believers in being in the moment.
It’s huge for helping you relieve stress, focus on what’s important, and get the most out of every day. However, we have an important exception and it has to do with something we hear every.single.year from our clients.
Pretend it’s January 1st.
How are you going to feel if you use the holidays as an excuse to put your health and wellness on the back burner? And not just on the back burner, but where you end up going BACKWARDS?
Did you know that the average person expects to gain SEVEN POUNDS over the holiday season?
Based on our experience as coaches, we can tell you how you’ll probably feel. You’ll feel like you’ve lost ground on any progress. You’ll feel tired. More bloated. Your clothes will be tighter. And, yes, you’ll probably feel regretful.
It’s not a great spot to be in.
That’s why you need to be realistic.
Being Realistic Keeps You on Track
The good news is that you can make a few small changes now so you don’t end up in the majority of people who let their health and fitness slide. It’s all about keeping things REALISTIC to keep yourself on track during the holiday season.
Start by taking two minutes right now to think about how much time you can devote to your self-care through the holidays. What can you realistically commit to? Is it 3 x 30-minute workouts a week? An hour of meal prep twice a week? Can you commit to getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night? Staying hydrated? Choosing only your favorite treats (and leaving the rest for someone else)?
Whatever it is, schedule it into your planner.
Not only will you feel better, have more energy, sleep better, and actually ENJOY the holiday season more but you’ll build momentum to kick off 2022 strong and in control.
Also, telling someone else (accountability!) makes it more likely that you’ll actually follow through. Accountability and support can go a long way toward helping you be CONSISTENT with your healthy habits. So can having a plan that works with your lifestyle.
Avoid the Trap of Either/Or Thinking
One trap we often fall into around this time of year is getting into a mindset of “I’ll start in January”. But the fact is, this mindset can make or break your results as you move through the holidays.
We tell ourselves it’s all or nothing, so if we’re not going to be fully “on” we’ll just be “off”. The problem this creates is we’re putting ourselves into an either/or pattern of thinking.
If you’ve ever said, “I’ll start in the New Year,” or “I’ll start on Monday,” chances are you were caught in this kind of thinking. Another clue that you may be in an either/or mindset is If you eat something “off your diet” you completely blow it the rest of the day, instead of getting right back on track.
Sound at all familiar?
This mindset is sneaky because when you’re “ON” or “GOOD”, you’re all-in and feel like you’re making amazing progress. The problem is it’s pretty much impossible to maintain in the long run. One little slip-up can make you feel like a failure and want to give up – which can mean undoing ALL of the progress you made.
The good news is there’s a happy medium that’s built on moderation.
Make Deliberate Choices on a Case-by-Case Basis
It’s all about making healthy choices – choices that add value, energy, and positivity to your life. Choices that actually make you feel better without being “on” or “off” or “good” or “bad”.
For example, during the holiday season that could mean:
- Saying “yes” to a slice of your aunt’s famous pecan pie without feeling guilty.
- Choosing a wine spritzer instead of your uncle’s infamous eggnog loaded with heavy cream, extra sugar, and a double shot of bourbon because it’ll make you feel lousy a half-hour later.
- Getting your blood pumping by taking a brisk walk with your family or dog when you can’t get to the studio.
- Going to bed by 10 p.m. so you feel rested and energized for whatever tomorrow brings.
- Chugging a glass of water first thing in the morning before pouring that cup of coffee so you feel hydrated and refreshed as you begin your day.
If you’ve been telling yourself, “I’ll wait till January to get started”, what if instead, you decided to make deliberate choices on a case-by-case basis?
You won’t lose ground – you’ll still be able to enjoy your favorites – and you can break out of that “good” or “bad” cycle of thinking.
By having a plan that works for your lifestyle, you’ll be setting yourself up for success through the holidays.