Now that it's the end of the year, everyone is thinking of what their "New Year's Resolution" will be... This is easier said than done. Gyms will become crowded (for a couple months) and people will be posting lots of pictures of their food on Instagram. No matter how much you tell yourself you are going to stick to your resolution this year... How honest are you being with yourself? You know yourself better than anyone and you can do anything you want and anything you put your mind to, but if you are not truly ready to make those changes, it's probably not going to last very long. But good news! I have some tips on how to make those changes and prepare you to ring in the New Year!
1. Think big, start small
Whatever your goal may be, set several small goals to get you there along the way. If your goal is to lose 40 pounds this year... I hate to say it, but that's not going to happen in a month or two, so set a goal of when you want to lose the first 5 pounds, 10 pounds, and so on... Or maybe your goal is to drink more water and less soda. Just waking up one day and committing yourself to not drinking anymore soda is going to be quite challenging. Try replacing one soda with water at a time! If you take on too much at one time, you are more likely to get discouraged because it's hard to change too many things at once.
2. Write it down
Writing down your goals will help you 1) not to forget them and 2) can help give you a little motivation whenever you find yourself struggling to stay on track! Obviously weight loss is a very popular choice for a New Year's Resolution, but your goals can be anything. Try to think about your life as a whole... do a better job at saving money, limit checking social media to certain times a day, not using your phone when on a date or at the dinner table. It can be literally anything.
3. Talk about it
If you tell someone what your goals are, you are more likely to stick to them. If someone asks "How's it going?" and you have to give an answer you don't necessarily want to give, you may get a little discouraged. Talk about it, find a partner, and commit yourself to your goals. You will encounter difficult times along the way, but having some extra motivation is what will keep you on track!
4. Don't beat yourself up
A New Year's Resolution is something that you are supposed to work on ALL YEAR, not January through March. If you stop for a coffee on the way to work when you set your goal to make your own coffee in the morning, it's not going to kill you if it happens a few times or if you want to treat yourself. It's a New YEAR'S Resolution, not a New Week's Resolution!
With Christmas parties, family gatherings, and Christmas shopping, it can be a challenge to stay on track and keep up with a healthy lifestyle. Everyone gets so busy this time of year that we tend to put our health goals on pause. Healthy should always be a priority, and should never be put on hold! During this Christmas season, keep your goals in mind and continuously work towards them (even if you have to set some smaller ones along the way)! I am trying something new to help me keep my goals in mind... I am keeping a wellness journal, which I will more continue even after the holidays have passed. I ordered mine from Erin Condren and I love it! It's small and compact, so it's easy to take on-the-go, and it's so colorful so it's easy to keep it organized (and it fits perfectly in my life planner!). I prefer to physically write everything down, so that's why I chose this option, but there are great apps to use too! You could even use a plain notebook... whatever works best for you! I'm not necessarily counting calories with this... I am more so just keeping track of the foods I eat and making sure I am getting all my exercise in too! I am going to enjoy all the foods I want this Christmas season (as everyone should!), but in moderation!
The holiday season is a very joyous time and we should all be celebrating! But so many people get concerned about gaining weight because there are so many parties, people bringing treats to the office, and family get-togethers. We all have our favorite treats that we just can't resist! In order to prevent weight gain and still enjoy your holiday favorites, here are 5 tips to help you enjoy the season without feeling guilty!
1. Don't arrive hungry
If you are going to a holiday party and you know the food will be irresistible, eat a healthy snack before you go! This will allow you to still enjoy the food, but in smaller portions!
2. Portion control
No matter how delicious those Santa-shaped cookies look, no one needs to eat 6 of them. If there is a wide spread of food, don't shy from trying something because you're worried about gaining weight, but don't load your plate down to where it is overflowing either. It takes 3500 calories to gain a pound. So one spoonful of each dish is what I would recommend. It allows you to try everything, but not over-do it!
3. Limit alcohol
Alcohol has a lot of calories and they can sneak up on your very quickly, so limiting how often and how much you drink is important! Drinking a glass of water between beverages is recommended too!
4. Bring a healthy dish
If you are asked to provide a dish or just feel that you want to contribute something, choose a food that isn't so heavy like a big salad (still watch the dressing and what you put in it!) instead of a casserole that's loaded with heavy cream and cheese. Veggie and fruit trays are great to bring for snacking instead of a calorie packed dip with crackers. Other people will appreciate the healthier option too!
5. Don't over eat
When you start feeling full, stop eating. Don't continue to eat until you put yourself in a food coma! Your body clearly doesn't need that extra food!
6. Don't take leftovers home
By not having that food sitting in your fridge, you won't be tempted to eat it! The same can be said for buying foods that you will be tempted to eat and keeping them in an easy to reach place!