Here it comes…that lovely time of year we call The Holidays. Johnny Mathis sang, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year
,” but, when it comes to staying healthy and fit, the holidays can be one of the most inhospitable times of the year.
Shopping, chores, decorating, food temptations, stress, even the cooler weather all contribute to an overload on your routine and energy until, before you know it, you’re saying goodbye to last year and hello to 6 extra pounds, 3 extra inches around your waist, and a closet full of clothes that barely fit.
But, it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, many of my most successful clients have made the most astounding, jaw-dropping changes between the months of October and January! Here are a few things that contributed to their success:
A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO BE DIFFERENT
When you decide you want to look different, you become very clear that being different starts with ACTING and THINKING differently. “I always attend holiday get-togethers with my mind pointed towards what I WANT (a firm, healthy body) instead of what food and drinks I CAN’T have,” one client explains. “I spend a few minutes before I leave for the party reading my goals looking at my goal pictures and writing out the things that are important to me… like connecting with friends, learning something new I didn’t know about someone. That way, the celebration is about enjoying the people around me, rather than looking at the food and drink as the big stars of the show.”
A CLEAR PICTURE OF SUCCESS
“The night before a party, I visualize myself sharing time with my friends, without mindlessly eating and drinking everything in sight. I ‘practice’ the whole thing in my head first – from the time I walk in the door until I say ‘Good Night.’” When you know you’re facing a tempting situation, mentally rehearsing your success (as opposed to imagining yourself failing) can help you formulate alternative choices. This is a powerful and often overlooked method that will put you in better control when the party actually starts.
THE RIGHT WORDS
It’s tough enough to turn down pumpkin pie… but Aunt Frances’ pumpkin pie? Ah… no way! Food prepared by family or friends is one of the sincerest offerings of love there is, which is why it’s so hard to refuse without a fight. Here is a great win-win solution: Come to every celebration ready to say these words. “I can’t wait to taste that pie, Aunt Frances… will you cut me a piece to take home so I can enjoy it later, when I’m not so full?” This way, you get to eat the pie (or not) on your own terms, without hurting anyone’s feelings. A good rule of thumb is to give your aunt or friend a call the next day to say how much you appreciate the love and effort that went into preparing the dish, pie, cake, cookies, they made with you in mind. When you point your focus toward fulfilling this desire (the main thing folks want when they have prepared something special for you is to know that you understand, love and appreciate their gesture) everyone wins!
So, as you approach this holiday season, plan to be different, keep a clear view of what you want, and make sure you pick your words wisely. Hey, you might even get that nice 6 pack you’ve been wishing for!
Dianne Orwig is a success coach, motivational speaker, personal trainer, and founder of LivingFit Online™, a program that has helped thousands of men and women not only transform their bodies, but live more balanced, focused lives though her pioneering, less-works-better approach to fitness. For more information visit www.lovelivingfit.com
or send an email to Dianne@lovelivingfit.com.