We’re coming up on December 1, folks. The holidays are in full swing. Your holiday of choice will come and it will go and then we’ll be on to New Years and those infamous resolutions. I have a question for you though. Why wait? Whether you are going to resolve to eat cleaner, more nutrient dense foods or you are going to resolve to exercise, resolve now! Get going sooner rather than later. I have a challenge for us all that I am calling the why wait resolve NOW Challenge. Let me give you three good reasons to accept the why wait resolve NOW Challenge TODAY…
- Let’s face it, the holidays are stressful and it happens to be a fact that exercise is a great way to manage your stress, regardless of where that stress comes from.
- There will be plenty of additional opportunities to make food choices that probably taste insanely great, but they come at a cost. That cost is that they are probably not the best foods for you from a clean eating perspective. They’re probably not the most nutrient dense foods either. Bottom line, you’re going to eat the stuff. That’s ok… so long as you’re eating cleaner around those holiday parties and celebrations. It also helps to be burning a bit extra via some good exercise.
- Starting early lets you change things up if you need to. You can do some good trial and error with your goals and move things around as needed.
- The last reason… because its fun. Make it fun and keep it that way.
Here are some things you absolutely need to do and not do when you’re starting your resolution process…
- Write down your goals and share them with friends and family
- A Harvard study proved that writing your goals down and keeping them in front of you makes you far more likely to meet or exceed them.
- Take it one day at a time
- Slow and steady wins this every time. Stay the course and be committed.
- Check in on how you are doing
- Reward yourself
- Tiny rewards along the way help to motivate. Here are a couple of ideas… get yourself a new pair of running shoes after you log 250 total miles of walking or jogging or go have an earned meal at your favorite restaurant after 10 days of clean eating.
- Grab a friend
- There is strength in numbers. Pairing up or getting with a group of people with similar goals can really help to push you.
- Go cold turkey
- Lets say that your goals is to stop drinking Dr. Pepper. Instead of quitting cold turkey, ween yourself off of them. Challenge yourself by setting a goal to drink more water instead. You’ll be less thirsty and water is something we need to be drinking more of anyway.
- Measure too often
- If you want to lose weight, probably the worst thing to do is to step on the scale every day. I tell most of the people who I coach to forget the scale and to use your clothes. Are the jeans getting loose? Are you able to get into that medium t-shirt that used to be too tight to wear. If so, things are going great. We don’t need a scale for that. If you must have the number, weight once every 10 days (3 times a month) at the same time of day each time.
- Forget to toot your own horn
- Don’t be shy. Inspiring others are a huge motivator for yourself. You start to be someone who others look up to and seek out for advice. Embrace that role. Trust me, it’s huge!
- Expect Perfection
- Try to use “on” as much as possible, but if you go have your Starbucks Barista mix you up a Gingerbread Mocha with Whipped Cream… it ok. Just move on passed it and feed your goal the next chance you get. It’s ok to live a little along the way.
I hope you accept the challenge and I wish you the best. As usual, if you have any questions or want some help along the way, contact me. I’d love to help.
If you want to join me, I’ll be starting another kind of challenge on Monday, after reading the Prime Male review I have loads of new ideas and inspiration. I’ll start another Advocare 24-Day Challenge. I’ve done a bunch of these and I love what I get from it. We can do it together if you want.