Once we hit the Christmas season, most people wait until after New Year’s to start any kind of fitness program with any serious effort. I hope after you read this post and the challenge that comes with it, you’ll see that DURING the holidays is the BEST time of year to make a commitment to a health and fitness program and set your goals for next year.
One thing that always seems to happen moving towards Christmas and New Years is, Excuses…sorry, LAME EXCUSES!!
Excuse: “I’m too busy over the holidays to work out as often as usual.” Reality : I am choosing to not exercise as often.
Excuse: “I’m more stressed over the holidays, the food is there, so I eat more.” Reality: I am looking at food to solve my problems
Excuse: “I have at least three parties to attend and then there’s Christmas and New Year’s, so it’s impossible to stay on a diet” Reality: I am looking for any excuse to go on a food bender and eat recklessly.
Excuse: “No one can tell me not to enjoy myself over the holidays so I’m just going to eat whatever I want.” Reality: You enjoy carrying extra weight. You enjoy not fitting into your clothes.
Let’s turn this around. This year can be different!! Set up a goal to not gain weight….WOW….revolutionary and shocking!!!
It seems a lot of people set their “goal” to get in worse shape over the holidays. Of course, It’s not consciously set, (at least I hope it’s not!) as few people would intentionally set out to get fatter.
It’s a goal that get sets because there isn’t a positive goal to stop it . Those people seem to convince themselves that it must be just about impossible to stay in shape with everything that is happening over the holiday season, so why bother?
Once the choice has been made, then the excuses can continue:
“I’m not going to deprive myself”, “My family will pressure me to eat”, ”Eating properly and finding time to exercise during the holidays makes me crazy” “It’s only a few pounds that I’ll gain so I’m going to enjoy myself”, “It’s only a couple of weeks, how much damage can happen?” “I’ll start in January and lose the weight then.”
As a result of allowing these excuses into your thought process, you set bad goals by default. Suddenly it’s ok in your mind to work out less, eat more and gain a few pounds. WHAT??? Why is ok because of the holidays? What about the alternatives??
But what would happen if you…
SET A GOAL TO GET IN BETTER shape over the holidays?
What would happen if you decided that it was not an all or nothing proposition and that you could set a goal to enjoy the holidays and all it has to offer while getting in better shape at the same time?
What if you decided that your health and your body were the highest priorities in your life, because you realized that can’t enjoy anything else in life, including family or holidays, if you don’t have your health?
Here’s what would happen: You’d get in better shape!
Your expectations will become your reality. What are you expecting? Are you expecting success? Are you expecting to be in better shape after holiday parties, celebrations, banquets, dinners, and desserts?
If not, then why not?
What’s preventing you from enjoying all of the above and still getting in better shape? Do you have a limiting belief, which dictates that it’s one or the other? Could it be that you never set a goal, intention or expectation to do it? Could it be that you’re rationalizing or making excuses?
If so, then I challenge you to change it this year.
Why join the challenge?? What is the reward for joining? Not gaining weight over the holidays!! Give this Christmas gift to yourself…
Leave a comment that you want to be in the challenge. You will get weighed/measured so you know where you are starting the holidays at. We will send the complete Christmas Challenge details, including:
The 12 days of Christmas, 12 Recipes – 12 key exercises to do over the holidays and more stuff that we can’t tell you about yet!
Sign up, let me know, make your commitment to yourself, set your goals and go running towards the holidays.