We are coming upon the time of year that is known for consuming calories and eating treats for every holiday and event we attend. Frequently diets are forgotten, weight is gained and people just settle in for the winter. But I have a challenge for you! Don't wait for January to start a new resolution. Start TODAY! That is right, before Halloween, before Thanksgiving, before Christmas and New Years. Start a fresh way of living, including healthy diet and regular exercise. Allow yourself a treat every once in a while, but don't indulge and don't miss a day exercising. It will really make this the "most wonderful time of the year!" You won't stress about gaining weight and feeling sluggish. You will be high energy and feeling great as you spend time with family. Try it...you'll thank me :)
Here are some steps to getting healthy...which remember, you are starting TODAY!
G - goal setting
Set realistic goals that can be broken down into monthly or weekly achievements. Make sure your goal is written down, measurable and realistic. For this time of year, set goals like eating 5 fruits and vegetables every day, only allow a small dessert once a week (or ever 2 weeks is better!!), and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise in 6 days this week.
E - excitement
You have to have emotion tied to your goals. If it allows, give yourself a reward for meeting your goals, such as buying a new workout shirt or going to a movie. (Don't reward yourself with food...ever!)
T - tracking
Tracking your goal is key to reaching it. It gives you the confidence to know you are ready and able for the challenges ahead.
I - information
Information is the key to understanding the best way to get something done. Talk to healthy friends, a personal trainer, or other professionals to know how much you should be eating, what changes need to be made, and new ideas of workouts
T - team
Every winning program has a team of support. Make sure family and friends know your goals, so they can help you and remind you when you want to cheat a little. Don't do it!
Remember you are the only one that can make the changes happen...and you can do it. So start today!