We all know someone who made a New Year’s Resolution to get fit, lose weight and become a much healthier person. Maybe that person is you. There’s nothing wrong with that sentiment. In fact, I did it myself. The problem lies in the fact that there is an entire month between now and then. You might think to yourself: “So what, it’s just a month. No big deal. I’ll enjoy my holiday time as much as possible with free access to any food that I want and just deal with it in January.”
The trouble is, you can put on a significant amount of weight when you allow yourself complete, unfettered access to foods for an entire month. Once you begin your weight loss efforts, you’ll be that much heavier, and have that much harder to work. Wouldn’t it be better to begin now? What are you waiting for? After all, there’s nothing “magical” about the first day of the new year – other than the fact that it’s the first day.
Go ahead and like yourself enough to declare a stop to the free range grazing, put the kibosh on unlimited snacking, and take yourself for a walk around the block. Join a fencing class. Get a group of girlfriends together and go to Zumba. Take your husband for a romantic evening of ice skating, or chase the soccer ball with your kids. Explore self defense or join a running group. Pick an activity and lace up your shoes and go.
In the name of getting ready for the holidays, take the time to clean your pantry of unhealthy foods and junk. Fill a basket on your counter with fresh oranges, apples, pears and grapefruits – in season, and especially delicious right now! Have a set of plans and ideas at the ready for your next holiday party – ways to avoid falling face first into the chips and dip. Make a meal plan for the week ahead so that when you are busy buying gifts and attending holiday pageants, you don’t have to visit a drive thru.
Love yourself enough to take care of yourself. You aren’t a dog, so don’t reward yourself with food. Reward yourself, love yourself, by being good to you and don’t wait to get started. Do it today.