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4 Steps to Staying On Track with Your Health

By Golda Smith

 

Can you believe that we are about to begin another holiday season…already? Seriously, after Halloween it’s a slippery slope into Thanksgiving and then it’s time for the jolly fat man and his reindeer.

Some of you are already feeling the anxiety of what’s about to happen. You’ve been doing well all year…let’s be honest, most of the year and for some of you, you’ve already decided to start again in January. It’s all right, go ahead and laugh at yourself because you are certainly not the only one.

It’s very easy to justify one candy, after all, it’s ONLY one. The problem comes in when one becomes three and three becomes two slices of cake and second servings of Thanksgiving dinner in one night just because the food looked good. Trust me, I’ve been there done that!

But no matter where you are on the spectrum, here’s what you should ask yourself…“what can I do NOW to prevent myself from back tracking and regretting it later?”

People constantly comment on how dedicated I working out. Honestly, it’s become part of my lifestyle. I’m asked how I stay focused and inspired. When I was training for my first Isabody challenge and every challenge since then these are the steps I followed and the cool thing is that they can be applied to any area of life.

Here are my 4 steps to staying on track with your health goals, especially during this holiday season.

Be present- This is a BIG one. How many times to you find yourself thinking about something you need to get done later or someone you need to speak with WHILE you are currently with someone or in the middle of working on a project? We’ve all done it and it is emotionally draining. Instead of thinking about the next workout, the next meal or the next phone call, be present with what you are doing at that very moment. I find that it helps to make lists, especially during the holidays and if you know you’ll be hosting gatherings.

Be grateful- Gratitude is everything. When you are able to express gratitude for what you have and what you’ve accomplished, it makes it difficult to criticize and complain. If family functions cause you immediate anxiety, stop…breathe and express gratitude. Be grateful for all the positive changes you’ve made in your life. Be grateful for all the supportive people and great relationships you made along the way and remember that no matter how slow change happens, as long as you are moving towards you goal, it doesn’t matter how fast you go.

Identify YOUR why- Who are you doing this for anyway? It should be for you! Everyone else just benefits from all your positive changes. After all, a happy healthy mom creates a happy healthy home. Remember the only competition you have is you. Don’t ever compare your results to that of someone else. You may start out with a very superficial why. For example, initially you may say you want to release some weight BUT actually, you want to feel confident and sexy again. Whatever it is for you, keep that reason in the front of your mind for those moments of weakness that are bound to arise during the next few weeks. Write it down and post it everywhere.

Be persistent- On the road to success, there will be bumps and potholes and we may even fall into those potholes. We’ve all fallen off the wagon on the journey to living a fit life but you don’t stay down. You get back up, forgive yourself, release the guilt and get back on track. Seriously, what’s done is done and it serves no one to keep beating yourself up. Let it go and move on and don’t give up on your goals!

With these tips, I truly believe that you can not only survive but be excited about staying on track with your health goals this holiday season and any time of year for that matter.

I’d love to know, what you think of these tips and what is one of your health goals for the next 60 days? Leave your comments below :-) 

 

 

 

 

 

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