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End 2017 with a BANG!!!

I’ve learned (through a lot of trial and error) that the holidays don’t have to be a rollercoaster of bingeing on treats and regretting it the next day.  I’ve learned how to maintain my health (and my waistline) while still having a blast during this time of holiday celebration.  

Yes… It is true, you Can really HAVE a wonderful and healthy holiday! To help you make that happen I’m sharing with you 6 steps to end your year with a BANG!!!

Step #1: Write down your goals!

Do you write down your goals? I write goals all the time. I have long-term goals, monthly goals, and weekly goals. Studies show that you are 42% more likely to achieve a goal if it’s written down.

Of course, most people don’t bother to write down their goals. Instead, they drift through life aimlessly, wondering why their life lacks purpose and significance. I am not saying that committing your goals to writing is the end-game. It’s not. But it is the beginning.

The secret to accomplishing what matters most to you is committing your goals to writing. This is important for at least five reasons.

  1. Because it will force you to clarify what you want.
  2. Because it will motivate you to take action.
  3. Because it will provide a filter for other opportunities.
  4. Because it will help you overcome resistance.
  5. Because it will enable you to see—and celebrate—your progress.

So, make some goals from now until the end of the year.  Make sure they’re realistic. Expecting to lose 50 lbs in 6 weeks is not realistic, but a goal to lose 1-2 lbs a week is. Maybe it’s smaller goals like to exercise at least 5 days a week or to make healthy meals at home at least 4 days a week.

Step #2:  Make a promise-to yourself.  

You make promises to other people and bend over backward to stay true to your word. Unfortunately, you probably don’t give yourself the same consideration. When you make a promise to yourself that you will work on something, you are making a commitment. Your promise is a vow you won’t break. Your word to yourself needs to be as meaningful a binder as giving your commitment to someone else. You have things you want to change/accomplish/achieve this year. The clock is ticking. It’s time to make yourself a priority and put a laser focus on what you need.

Step #3: Communicating the need for support  

One of the top reasons for straying off track is due to peer pressure or a lack of understanding from those around you. If your goals are important to you and they will improve your life, it’s on YOU to be strong and communicate your goals to those around you.

Tip:  If adjusting your personal health habits means changing your social habits—have a conversation with your friend, spouse or family before hand, and explain why you are committing to lifestyle changes and explain that you would love their support.

Tip:  For those friends or family that aren’t going to understand why you are eating healthier or drinking less, create a strong “pitch” that they can’t argue with (i.e. “I’m making an effort to change some personal health habits and I’ve been feeling really great, so that’s why I’m going to stick to soda tonight!”).

Step #4:  Pre-Plan

When you plan for what’s ahead, you are able to create solutions for challenges that would otherwise set you off course (allowing for consistency). Pre-planning means you are ready to stop making excuses and ready to start seeing results!

Tip:  Pick a day of the week to cook larger quantities of food for the week, so that you will not be tempted to eat out, skip a meal or graze on snacks and soda.

Tip: Make sure to allot 1-2 times per week to load up on fresh veggies, fruits and produce. A full, fresh fridge = strength and self-control.

Tip:  Pack your lunch the night before, including healthy snacks to keep you sustained every 2-3 hours (ex: 1 serving either fruit, protein, veggies).

Tip:  Factor in exercise when planning out your meetings and activities. Have a late meeting on Thursday? A potluck Friday at lunch? Plan to get up earlier for exercise on those days, and make sure to have your own healthy food available for tempting meal settings.

Step #5:  Accountability

It’ s easy to stray off course if you are not mentally and physically committed to your plan.

Tip: Keep a food diary! This was the #1 way for both myself and my former clients were able to successfully lose weight. Personally, I like using MyFitnessPal (a free app for your phone).  

Tip: Write down everything you’re eating, as well as how you are feeling during each major meal period. You will notice trends in your eating habits and your emotional triggers.

Tip: Recruit a friend or family member to join you on your plan, or establish a day of the week that you will check in with someone to discuss progress from the week to follow up on your goals.

Step #6:  Practice self care and self compassion.

Studies show that the most successful and productive people regularly practice self-compassion!

Tip: If you are  feeling down, write a letter of encouragement to yourself, just as if you are offering advice to a friend.

Tip: Have you made bit of progress in your routine and  feeling great? setting mini-rewards for yourself are really important. Think about what is healthy AND will make you feel great, such as pedicures, fresh flowers, candles, massages, etc.

Making healthy changes can feel daunting, but I swear it gets A LOT easier as you adjust your habits over time. Want to feel great about yourself? Stay focused, be realistic and always keep these 5 strategies in mind.

AND… Believe you can do it!  

All month long inside The Sisterhood of Healthy Living Facebook group, I’m going to be giving you tips, recipes, workouts, and much more to keep you on track with your health goals so we can end 2017 strong!!!

You won’t want to miss the excitement!  I’ll be having random giveaways, so invite a friend to join you as we end 2017 with a BANG!!!

If you aren’t already part of this fabulous group, CLICK HERE to join us and get ready for a Healthy Holiday Season!!!

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