It’s been nine months since my first blog post for this year, START S.M.A.R.T. You may have followed the formula for setting SMART goals, it’s a good formula and it works if you stay committed. Did you set goals? Are you on track? Well, if you are congratulations and hang in there because these last two months of 2023 are full of temptations and challenges.
Now is a good time to reflect on the health goals you set for yourself, you don’t want to derail your hard work. It’s also a good time to start thinking about how you want to enter the new year. Are you going to feel in control and energized or regretful, sluggish and unmotivated? You have a choice.
The holiday season has started. It’s a time for celebration but it can also be a time that is particularly challenging and may test us when it comes to our diet, exercise, and mental goals. Attending parties, gatherings and many other types of social events can sometimes make it difficult for those of us who are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Of course, have fun, celebrate and socialize but be mindful and PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
– THANKSGIVING is a time for traditional comfort foods, many of which are high in calories and unhealthy fats. There may be a lot of pressure to overindulge, especially
if you are surrounded by family and friends who are doing the same.
– CHRISTMAS parties are often filled with rich foods like cookies, cakes, and pies. There is also a lot of temptation to drink alcohol, especially at office parties and other events.
– NEW YEAR’S EVE celebrations most likely offer alcohol. You may be tempted to overindulge. There may also be a lot of pressure to stay up late and celebrate, even if you're tired.
Here are some tips for staying on track:
– PLAN AHEAD. Before you attend any party or gathering, decide what you're going to eat and drink. If possible, bring your own healthy snacks and drinks to avoid being tempted by unhealthy options.
– BE MINDFUL. When you're at a social event, be mindful of what you're eating and drinking. Pay attention to your hunger and avoid eating or drinking just because everyone else is.
– DON'T BE AFRAID TO SAY NO. If someone offers you something unhealthy, don't be afraid to say no. It's perfectly acceptable to decline unhealthy foods and drinks, even if it's from someone you know well.
– TAKE BREAKS. If you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed at the gathering, take
a break. Go for a walk, find a quiet place to relax, or talk to a friend who is also trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Remember, it's okay to indulge occasionally during this time, just be aware of your choices and don't let unhealthy habits cause setbacks. Go back and read my July blog post, the 80/20 RULE for staying on track, you may find it helpful. It works well for me.
This is a crucial time to stay focused and motivated. The holidays can be a time of temptation and overindulgence, so it’s important to have a plan in place to stay on track with your goals. Plan your meals, plan your workouts. The plan can change but always have a plan. If you need help with that then LET’S TALK. I can help you.
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