TALK TIME. It’s time to have a talk about the upcoming holidays. It’s very tempting to give up on fitness and health goals during that time of the time. There’s always the promising idea of a fresh start on January 1st. Unfortunately it’s very difficult to go from 0% to 100%. Be proactive and start implementing small steps right now, once January 1st comes you can aim for higher goals. Think small and finish strong.
Here 8 steps that can help you to end this year strong and in good spirits. Start with one that seems easy for you and add another one when you feel ready for it.
1. Rise and shine: Stretch first thing when you wake up and drink a glass of water with lemon juice. Lemon water on an empty stomach flushes out the toxins and helps with elimination.
2. Have a meal plan for the day: It doesn’t need to be detailed one but know what you are going to have for b’fast, lunch, dinner and snack. And most importantly have these food available and ready to go.
3. Eat your greens: Incorporate green leafy vegetables in your daily diet. These super foods are very low in calories and packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein.
4. Be prepared for snack attack. Now is the time of the year for sweet coffees and snacks. The stores smell lovely and make our juices flow. Know what’s coming and have a snack before you go shopping. One piece of pumpkin pie won’t ruin your diet. But one piece with whipped cream plus a grande pumpkin spice latte will!
5. Be hydrated. Drink a lot of water to transport nutrients and flush out water. Water is an essential building block of our body and helps us to feel and look better. Sometimes, when we are thirsty we misunderstand the signals and interpret it as hunger, means we eat although we should drink calorie free water. The rule is to drink your body weight in fluid ounces of water.
6. Keep moving. Move your body whenever you can. Find an activity you like and stay consistent doing it. Add more movement throughout the day, take the stairs in the parkinggarage and park your car further away from the entrance when you go shopping. The little actions add up and can have a impact on your weight loss goals.