Ok, hands up.. How many of you are already thinking about the new year ahead… yep 2017 went by that quick! Now keep your hand up if part if this thinking involves something along the lines of losing weight, getting fitter or eating better. If your hand is still up, I have an interesting idea for
I know, I know.. “But Christmas is coming… Parties, Food, Beer, Food, Wine, Food, Pudding, foooooddd…” “Let me get that out of the way and then I will start!” I hear you… That boxing day test with its accompanying esky and Christmas leftovers is already calling my name… But…
But Why Can’t I wait until the new year?
The reason is simple, terms like losing weight and getting fitter are only part of the equation. We don’t want your resolution to just be one of those, we want you to be thinking about lifestyle change! Those of you with your hands up to my earlier questions, grab a piece of paper and write down your answers to the following questions:
1. How am I going to lose weight?
2. How am I going to get fitter?
Don’t show me your answer, this is not about proving you wrong. But just keep your answer in mind whilst we discuss new year’s resolutions.
Resolutions can come in many forms. Some people make a promise to change a bad habit, such as quitting smoking or eating less junk food. Other people make a promise to develop a positive habit, such as starting an exercise program, volunteering in their community, or recycling more. Most fail by February.. Think about yours… February? Earlier? Trust me, you are not alone.
Here is a list of why most new year’s Resolutions fail:
● Your resolutions were not properly defined.
● You are living distracted.
● Your time management skills are lacking.
● You didn’t have the right mindset.
● Your expectations were not realistic.
This is why you should start now
As we have said, we are talking lifestyle change here, which is why are want you to start now! Yes, Christmas is coming, but then after that is Easter, Birthdays, holidays and so on…
Weight loss and fitness is not about fad diets and jogging once a week (although jogging is not a bad start). It is a slow and steady change of lifestyle and thinking. A typical diet-of- the-moment requires cutting out one or more major food groups, like fruits, grains, or meats. That’s simply unhealthy and
can also prove overwhelming. Lifestyle change is about choices. Every time you eat, you make a choice. Healthy eating is about consistently trying to make the right choice. It’s not about sticking to one specific list of foods, drinking a liquid diet or anything of that nature.
Trust me, if you can get into this mindset a little at a time over the next week or two, Christmas will still be enjoyable and you can still have a piece of pudding (just a little smaller than before).
This sounds simple I know, so to get you started here are some things you can start to implement now:
Halve it and wait:
The biggest problem with most of us is not always what we eat, it is how much we eat. Dish it up, take half of the meat and potatoes or pasta off and replace that with veggies.
Prepare to eat out:
Many of us try to lose weight by refusing to go out, this just leaves us frustrated and annoyed – especially at this time of year. Go out, have fun! When ordering at a restaurant, try the following:
● Always order sauce on the side
● Stay away from bread
● Avoid fried food
● Easy on the salt
● Add extra vegetables instead of chips
Avoid calorie controlled diets:
Sure, severely restricting your calorie intake will spur weight loss, but you’ll gain it all back as soon as you start eating normally again. Get some help from a professional and develop an eating plan. These should cover, in simple terms, protein and fruits and vegetables. Once this becomes a lifestyle, everything is easier!
Don’t punish yourself:
Diet and exercise should make you feel good and are essential to healthy living, but don’t be so hard on yourself. Many diets fail after one piece of cake or a missed gym session. We are humans with real lives and things happen so don’t let a day or week be ruined by one indiscretion. It happened, reset your focus and move on. And remember:
Exercise should always be an opportunity to move your body and feel better, NEVER as a punishment for a bad food day…
Ok, where do I start..
Let’s start small, start by doing one movement and making one good food choice per day. Substitute bread for lettuce at lunch, or have some carrot pieces for morning tea. Go for a small walk or book into that extra reformer session that you know you can make but never do!..
Do that, just that, then make a choice to do a little more each day, speak to a professional if you need, but be honest and congratulate yourself for starting early. After all, at the end of the day..
If nothing changes, nothing changes…
And finally, because we hate to just tell you stuff without some real help, here are some extra tidbits
of advice that can help you make good choices and still enjoy your Christmas day..
- Start your day with a nutritious breakfast – a big omelette full of veggies!
- Load your plates up with salad – rather than starchy potatoes
- A glass of water in between other drinks – this will keep you hydrated as the day wears on
- Be prepared – if you know that you will be snacking during the day, have fruit platters prepared/
- Make the most of the amazing summer fruits available!
- Don’t skip your workout – when everyone else lays down for a nap, get out and go for a walk. You will feel so much better for it!
We hope this has given you lots of tips and inspiration to end 2017 well and start 2018 with the burst of energy and positivity you need.
Do you need a little extra help starting your goals now? Call or email us to find the right class and location for you. Joining the Rebalance Family means more than just a workout. We care about your wellbeing and have a supportive environment. We prioritise your wellbeing and provide a sanctuary for you to come and relax. Workout. But workout with purpose with us!
Written by Paul Watson – Partner Coffs Harbour