There are about 60 days left until the end of this year and I want to issue a challenge to all of us to make these 60 days amazing.
In my obese days the last 60 days of the year were anything but amazing.
I did eat large quantities of amazingly bad for me foods:
I wore amazingly ugly clothes:
I sat on my amazing couch doing nothing but eating:
I gained an amazing amount of weight. One year I gained 20 pounds between November 1st and January 1st. True fact and not so amazing.
This year, I want you to look at these last 60 days as an amazing opportunity to improve your health, learn how to manage these holidays that keep coming around no matter what the year on the calendar says, and reach some goals that you may be tempted to set aside until 2013 rolls around. Make these 60 days count.
Manage The Holidays
Oftentimes we throw our hands up in the air during this time of year and say, “I just can’t avoid all the desserts and holiday food so I won’t even try to eat healthy.” I’d encourage you to manage the holidays instead of allowing the calendar to manage you. Three quick tips to make these last two months amazing are:
1. Look at your calendar and plan carefully. Learn to say no to events or programs you do not really want to attend, minimize your stress by exercising regularly, and schedule some “me” time.
2. Decide how you will handle holiday desserts and special foods. For me, I still rank my food and if those cookies or sweet potato pie aren’t at least a “9” on my food ranking, I pass them by. This technique helps me immensely.
3. Count your calories. As all of us know, when weight loss stalls or weight gain occurs, it is almost always because of calorie issues. If you see your weight going in the wrong direction, commit to tracking your calories to see where your calories are coming from and how many you are actually consuming.
Improve Your Health
1. Instead of giving up on exercise because you are so busy, sign up for a 5K, set some new fitness goals, and chart out a plan to achieve them.
2. Commit to avoiding refined sugars most days, leaving you some leeway for a special holiday dessert or two.
3. Add new exercises into your routine. If you are a cardio person, like I am, set up a schedule for weight training. If you primarily weight train but really want to add more cardio, plan to achieve that goal over the next couple of months. Don’t forget that interval training is a great way to boost your calorie burn and fitness level.
Reach Some Goals
1. Commit to losing some weight over the holidays, if weight loss is your goal. I always found that I did better over the holidays if I expected to lose weight over the holiday months rather than just “hoping” I would.
2. Commit to maintaining your weight, if weight maintenance is your goal.
3. Set concrete personal goals like reading a book, spending time with friends, working on your novel, or getting your house organized.
How are you feeling about the last two months of the year in terms of your weight and health? Do you feel positive and in control? Diane