Why You Should Start Getting Healthy Before New Years

So, let’s face it…the next couple of months are usually terrible months for gyms, and well, wellness in general. A lot of people automatically adopt the mindset, “I’m going to be eating out/eating desserts/eating whatever so much, that why should I try to exercise/eat smart”. As a result, many people get themselves in trouble and wind up, gaining weight, getting sick, or feeling downright disgusting from November to New Years’. Maybe this post will help you rediscover why you decided to live a healthier lifestyle in the first place. Life is about balance, if you want to do for others this season, you need to take care of yourself.

1. Because a day wasted is a day wasted, no matter how you look at it. Why wait to start now? Just because you can’t hit the gym 2 hours a day doesn’t mean you need to throw out your routine out the window. What about ? There are plenty of easy nutritious recipes out there that require nothing but a crockpot…besides, it soup weather anyway
2. Because many resolutions do not include a detailed plan. Wishful thinking does not accomplish goals, action does. Schedule your workouts and meal prep like appointments. You can find 30 minutes of your day to meal prep and exercise…did I mention crock pots?
3. Because a healthy lifestyle is a daily choice, not magic moment where everything falls into place. Goals are achieved, not given…I hear to many people complain, but that program costs something, but I can’t afford meat…um, yeah, you can diy your own pedicure for the next two months, cut back Starbucks coffee to twice a week instead of every day, you can yard sale all that junk in your house. If you have excuses now, you’ll still have excuses the other 364 days of the year too…food for thought. I say this because I had to reach this realization myself.
4. Because some exercise and good nutrition is better than no exercise and bad nutrition. Hey, there are plenty of 5 minute workouts on this blog and plenty of throw and go recipes. Eat healthy foods when you’re at home.
5. Because flu season…well, it’s already started. If you throw your own health to the wayside this time of year, chances are you will miss out on some important events because you didn’t take the time or effort to invest in your health.
6. Because exercise allows you to release stress. Hey I don’t even go out on Black Friday…if I buy anything, I buy online. There are plenty of sales, and now even many local businesses have online shops…Mine does. I just found time for you to workout and enjoy a delicious healthy meal!
7. Because you need the extra energy this time of year. Whew! Who doesn’t?! I don’t make perfect choices, but when I can, I reserve my right to eat healthy. Unless you’re baking for a party, you don’t need it in your house….send it home with someone else after the party…hehehehe
8. Because materialism and food are not the reason for the season.We worship food here in the U.S. We eat out of enjoyment, not nourishment….not to say that it’s bad, but when that mindset rules your food choices, it’s time to reevaluate what you’re doing. You have your health and your family’s health for the rest of your lives…you only get one life here on this earth… turn your focus towards helping those in need, not on how much you can stockpile.
9. Because if you’re tired of starting over, you need to stop quitting…for real… ‘nough said. If accountability seems to be an issue, let me help. To reach me, fill out this form. Sometimes, it’s important to have someone to sit down and talk with you about your needs. I’m here to listen.
10. Because your health and being healthy will save you time and money in the long run. Eat healthy and exercise now, or doctor bills later….your choice. You do not have to let the current state of your health define you, nor do you have to let the typical expectations of everyone else define you.

Tough Love,
Julie

5 Ways to Keep Your Holidays Healthy, yet Sane

Ok, by now, I’m sure your family get-togethers have been planned and you’re probably already planning the menu for guests, and maybe even starting to do some serious house cleaning. This Christmas has been one of the most hectic I’ve had in years…and planning parties and going to them can be more stress than it’s worth, sometimes. Since my husband and I both have family in the town where we live, this means sheer chaos. Fortunately, I’ve applied the below tips, and they’ve saved me so much stress this season!

1. Don’t be afraid to say “No”. It’s ok to not go to great aunt Geraldine’s get-together every year. If you absolutely have to go. It’s also ok to ask if you can just “drop-in” at get-togethers. This is a time for peace on earth, goodwill toward men, and it shouldn’t leave you wanting to rip your hair….or anyone else’s for that matter, out. If you need to, write a list of your top events. When it’s written down, you’re more likely to stick to it.

2. Don’t get caught up in commercialization. I’m crafty, but there are gift ideas for even the most “uncrafty” of us. I like being creative, and it helps calm my stress levels way down. I like to listen to audiobooks, or even my favorite music while I crochet. Currently, I’m listening to C.S. Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet. To be honest, sometimes holiday shoppers are rude, and that just makes me cranky to see people being so selfish when there are plenty around the world who have nothing, so we like the low maintenance approach. Even if it means ordering online, don’t get caught up in the frenzy.

3. Keep some sort of fitness and food regime. Maintaining this order at home can keep you from going bananas! I have lots of short workouts on here! Just because you won’t make it to the squat rack today does not mean that training has to go out the window! Break it up into 10 min. in the morning and 10 minutes at night. Make a goal to drink water at home, and eat 3 servings of veggies a day if nothing else. Make it doable, and know that your body will thank you for it later…and so will your sanity.

4. Have a low maintenance family day. Put on a movie, a pot of wassail, and some chili, and just talk. Get caught up. This is a time for family, not to-do lists. If you’re saying, “but I can’t”, this means you’re too busy.

5. Bless someone else. I love all the “acts of kindness” challenges going on this month. It doesn’t have to be big, even just taking some food to a neighbor whose lost their job, will really bless someone, and take your mind off of your own problems! I mean really, can goods cost about seventy cents…There are plenty of ways you can help by donating time or resources this year.

I know from Thanksgiving to New Years’ things seem to get crazy, but I promise, if you write out a simple plan and stick to it. You and your loved ones will reap the benefits.

Remember the Reason for the Season!