At this time of year we are all feeling a little softer than normal, jeans are a tad tighter around the waist and we feel less like ourselves. First of all please know that everyone feels the same, even if their posts on Facebook say something different! It’s Christmas, a time for celebration and parties which usually means food and drink. There is no other time like this, so whatever extra bits you’ve acquired over the past few weeks – yes I know it’s not over just yet – don’t beat yourself up about it, in no time you will be back to reality and wishing it wasn’t all over.
With that in mind let’s take a look at how we can spring back to ourselves without punishment and guilt and with love and compassion. What good will beating yourself up do?
No matter how your Christmas went there is nothing you can do to change it now. If you gained a few pounds just let it be. Accept what is and get clear about what you want moving forward. There is absolutely nothing you can do about the past – moving forward is the only way. Remember that every single day is a new opportunity to make things better.
Find your thing
If you want to be healthy you need to move. This doesn’t mean you have to become a gym bunny or run a marathon. What it does mean though is that exercise has to be part of your life to keep your body fit, strong and healthy on the inside and out.
A huge mistake that people make this time of year is joining a gym. There are very few people that actually like gyms. I am a trainer and I work out in a gym as little as possible, I must prefer the park so that’s where I go. Resolve to take the time and find what works for you. There are so many ways to be active. One thing is for sure, your body was made to move so do yourself a favour, be kind to yourself and get moving – your body and mind will thank you for it!
Don’t give up
It’s really easy to decide to give it all up in January – booze, sugar, bread, cheese – but this is the WORST thing you can do. January is hard enough without adding insult to injury. I absolutely agree we cannot go on like this – it wouldn’t be healthy to indulge at this level all year round. However I feel the best way to get healthier and detox is to pull back slowly. Take it one step at a time. If you feel you’ve overdone it on the booze maybe you can start with that? I plan on doing dry January but have no intention of giving anything else up. I also have a night out towards the end of January and I plan to have a couple of glasses of wine at that – why not? It will have very little effect on my goals. And this bring sme to my next tip…
Work towards goals that inspire YOU, not the ones that are “in”or the ones that someone else thinks would be good for you. Be clear about what you want, do what’s right for you here and now and work from there. How you plan to achieve your goal? Write it all down – this helps to make things clearer and is a great motivation to read back over when thing gets tough. It can take time to find out what you truly need. Not everyone wants to run or lose weight – your goal can be anything! Always remember to be patient with yourself, this is definitely about a healthier you but most importantly it’s about a happier you.
Find a friend
Having someone to inspire you and motivate is so great – we all need this! Find someone who has similar goals to you and get training together, share food recipe ideas, organise social events that don’t centre around alcohol and food. When we work with others it really does help to make it easier.
Please remember that fads don’t work, whether it’s fitness or food related they are usually impossible to maintain. There are no quick fixes, I promise you. Make small changes right now, why wait until January 1st or Monday? Take that first small step – maybe this is thinking about your goals and getting clearer in your mind about what you want? With a kind, mindful approach to healthy living not only will you see results, you’re going to feel better about it and appreciate it more. January doesn’t have to be horrific. Mind yourself, work on giving your body and mind what they truly desire. And always remember you are #PositivelyImperfect and fabulous just as you are.