Through JULIE BRINKLEY
Prioritizing a healthy mindset is key to staying fit during the holiday season.
Spend some time imagining where you want to be; Dream big and challenge yourself to achieve physical and aesthetic goals.
These physical goals can be things like working these steps, staying active, and drinking plenty of water, while your aesthetic goals can be fitting into an outfit or achieving a healthy glow.
So how do you get there?
1. Get started. With less than a month left in 2022, I say start today.
You have a choice to either advance or go backwards. Stop allowing the calendar to dictate your health journey; A day is a day and you decide how those days fit into your journey.
2. Start journaling. It can be as simple as writing down what you eat each day, or it can be a more detailed snapshot of the healthy choices you’ve made.
We tend to overeat when we’re busy and forget to make smart choices. Recording your decisions helps you stay accountable.
3. plan ahead. I love planning events, travel and meals.
Planning ahead gives you the best chance of staying on course. Make time to coordinate family calendars so fast food nights or social events don’t come as a surprise.
I discourage my clients from using the word scam. Health is not a card game; you control yourself
I recommend replacing cheating with planning. For example, I love dressing, but I can’t eat it every day.
So I plan ahead when I know I’m going to indulge in the flavor I love, and instead of getting wasted with my tasty nemesis, I indulge in a bite or two, or a measured small portion.
4. Drink at least 100 ounces of water a day.
If you want to enjoy a sparkling cocktail during the holidays, drinking a glass of water for every glass of alcohol is a must.
Sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon is a great social hack if you want to avoid questions from those not-so-supportive friends, and a warm cup of water with lemon is a great deterrent for an evening snack.
5. move; it is the key to a healthy lifestyle.
It not only burns calories, it gets your blood pumping, provides more oxygen and a fit mindset.
Set a goal and create a new routine that includes a brisk 10- to 15-minute walk in the morning, floor stretches before bed, or picking a parking spot far from an entrance.
Then treat yourself to some new training shoes or leggings to get you going.
6. Change your environment. If you have kids at home, chances are you have some questionable snacks lying around.
Keep your body fueled with healthy options like low-fat cottage cheese, pickles, almonds, or Optavia fuels.
You’ll never find the Brinkley household without a Little Debbie snack cake for the teen. How do I deal with it? I only stock the types that I don’t prefer.
Learning to resist temptation is a real struggle, but progress is necessary.
Cook healthy meals not just for yourself, but for your family. Create an environment that will bring real and lasting change to your lifestyle.
7. Portion control. Limiting your portion size is an effective way to reduce intake without feeling deprived.
God bless America, but our portions are out of control. Start a new habit of dividing an entree or leaving room on your plate to make portion control easier.
If you’re attending a social event that involves food, eat slowly and enjoy the company around you.
Don’t deprive yourself of flavors, manage them. If grazing is encouraged, move away from the feeding tables.
We overschedule as much as we overeat this season for so many reasons.
8th. Get plenty of rest; It is so important for our metabolism and general well-being.
A healthy mindset is easy to maintain with a rested body. Set a goal for eight hours. If you can’t do that, start with 30 more minutes each week.
9. Eat before you go. If you think you’re overeating, eat before you go.
Arriving with a happy tummy will help you make better decisions.
We often build a holiday meal up more than we should by setting the expectation high and calorie intake even higher.
Reset the situation and remember it’s just another meal. It can still have holiday flair without blowing up your plan.
10. Enjoy the season and all the love and celebration that it entails!