Festivities are at a peak high! Consumption of everything from soup to nuts seasoned with laughter and hugs. This is what the holiday should be. Quiet reflection comes after the confetti drifts to the ground, and that is the point where you need to follow your inner guidance. That’s the time to be your own boss.
I attended several gatherings throughout December, and had a multitude of people ask me about training in 2016. Some will call, a few will venture to other sources for guidance, and many will disappear off the face of the earth. That’s human nature. For everyone I want to recommend the following rules of engagement.
Don’t go nuts. You may eat the nuts, but don’t be crazy with your exercise routine and diet. No diet or exercise program has ever been a LONG TERM success when it is too intense. Two things can happen:
You get all the weight off, fall into old patterns, and then gain it all back — plus some.
Food is most important. Get a journal and write down what you eat. I’m not going to apologize for this requirement. It is the only way to create a new habit. If you don’t learn what works for you and allow it to become ingrained you will just be riding the weight loss roller coaster. You have to modify your present behavior. When trying to drop extra weight remember fresh vegetables and fruits are good. Meat is good. Water is wonderful. Dairy is an individual sport. Some can handle it, others cannot. Limit or eliminate sugar, alcohol, grains.
Here is the format: Eat — journal or diary your food and how you feel after eating it — Eat — and so on.
Exercise is an important component. Start slowly. Choose any activity you can do 2-3 days a week for at least 30-60 minutes. Write it into your calendar and keep the appointment. If you cannot run, walk. If you can’t walk, do a class, or stretch. Do SOMETHING.
Always remember this is a forever thing so make it fun, simple and realistic. Then when life throws a curve ball you will be able to make necessary modifications.