November to me feels like the time to kick it up a notch.
The Holidays are on the horizon, the new year is right around the corner, the fall schedule now feels like a routine. With my clients and my own health journey, I have the “Ready, Set, Go!” attitude.
November has less events and celebrations, the Halloween candies have come and gone so it is a great time to make it happen.
Make what happen? Make yourself a priority and make choices that align with your health goals.
The number 1 excuse that I hear is “I don’t have time”. I get it, life is busy and everyone has a million things on their list but why does your health not make the cut? Take time to ask yourself and find out why.
Identifying goals is also necessary. Be specific! Yes, most of us want to lose weight but how much? By when? While saying that, the goal must be realistic and attainable. There are a little over 5 weeks left before Christmas. This is a good window for a short-term goal.
I also encourage you to set a plan for the Holidays as well as a longer term goal. Knowing what you are working toward can really help to stay focused through the process.
When you set your November goal, you also have to define what it is that you will do to get to that. What kind of exercise routine will you do? 10,000 steps per day? Sign up for a class? Do a home workout? A combination of many things? Write it down now!
As far as eating habits, I stand strongly against calorie counting. I tried for years, hated it and it never worked. (not long term anyway) What in your diet is causing the biggest issue? Snacking at night? No breakfast or bad options? Addicted to simple carbs? Make choices that align with your goals. You do not have to change every single thing at the same time. Decide to target the biggest culprit and go after that.
With the Holidays fast approaching, many feel an added stress. Whether it’s the shopping that you are dreading, the upcoming events or the loneliness that is creeping in, mindfulness should be part of your game plan.
Do you know that stress and anxiety alone can have a huge impact on your health especially when it comes to weight loss? You can do all the working out possible and eat healthy every day, but if you can’t manage your stress, you are setting up yourself for failure.
How can mindfulness be part of your health goals? First, schedule some time for yourself because you deserve it. Stop feeling guilty about it, the guilt has been holding you back. Make yourself a priority. It can be as simple as time for a long hot bath with no distractions. Time for a good book or anything else that you enjoy that helps you to relax. Including some small mindful moments in your life can really help too. Listen to a whole song and pay attention to the words, stare at something for a few minutes without thinking about your “to do list”, sit and notice how you are feeling.
Are you ready to make the next 5 weeks work for you or will you just get more stressed, gain weight and feel more tired? This is your choice. Make it a choice that will benefit you and your family in the months to come! I am here to help.