Succeeding Over the Holidays
This is a great time of year for so many different reasons. You get to see family you may not have seen in a long time. You get days off of work during the middle of the week. You also get to enjoy a bunch of food that you may not regularly enjoy because of all the gatherings that you will be attending. That’s where the problem lies for many. You eat a bunch of good but unhealthy food, and your time gets taken up because of all the gatherings you are going to. You miss one workout here, then another there, then another. Before you know it, you haven’t even gone to the gym at all this week. Here are a few tips to help keep you focused on your goals during the Christmas Season.
1. Re evaluate and write down your goals. Go back and look over what you are trying to achieve, and go over the reason you started doing it. This could help inspire you to stay strong and determined this season, without having too many setbacks. Giving yourself that constant reminder will help your mind stay focused on the task at hand. If you give yourself a constant reminder, you are more likely to hit your goals.
2. Watch your snacking at parties. One of the common things we do is over eat when we are snacking. Take a plate and stick to that plate of food that you’ve gathered. Obviously don’t pile the food Fred Flintstone high, but if you can stick to that plate you will likely enjoy yourself and not get over stuffed. Over eating on the path towards any goal will cripple your ability to reach your goals.
3. Limit your drinking. Over consumption of booze during these next few weeks is common. However, what you may not realize is the excess of pop that you are drinking. Both booze and pop will inhibit you from getting to whatever goals you have, so try and watch your intake. Again, have one cup at the party you are attending. Drink it but don’t gulp it down. Allow it to last a little while.
4. Don’t cut everything out. This time of year comes around only once, so try and enjoy it a little bit. If you find yourself eating absolutely none of the goodies around, you may find that once you have one, you will over eat. A little bit here and there will not hurt you, as long as it’s in moderation. Remember, it’s not about cutting out everything in the world that is “bad”. It’s about learning and adapting it to suit your lifestyle.