Tis’ the season for yummy cakes and pies, turkey with all the fixings’ and oh yes, that dreaded bulge we acquire during the Holiday Season. Is there anything we can do to stop this or are we doomed? Below are some tips of what you can do to maintain and not gain over the Holiday Season, but first I have a few questions for you.
Have you ever experienced trying to quit an unhealthy behavior? What happened? You probably experienced some cold sweats, anxiety, and feeling like something was missing. Many people experience some rather uncomfortable side effects like headaches or nausea.
Sometimes moving toward your workout goal will have the same symptoms as quitting an addiction. Why? Well, as it turns out, the mind does not like to change. It gets comfortable in its rhythm and that’s why harmful behavior often continues, even if life-threatening conditions occur.
Based on your past choices, the mind develops patterns, or grooves and it becomes very comfortable and set in its ways. To your mind, it feels like something is being taken away when you change your routine, no matter how miserable you may be feeling. That’s why the first thing that you have to change is not your behavior, but your mind, if you expect the results to last.
To “let go” of an addiction/unhealthy behavior, you need to replace it with something to compensate for the loss. When you replace addictions with healthier choices, the behavior that’s slowly killing you, will disintegrate and fall away.
Now, I’m not saying you have to work out 50 hours a week and starve yourself. I don’t know about you, but I love eating ice cream and, if you told me I had to give up my favorite white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, I might just have to hurt you.
It’s true that if you add a salad at every meal, you will start to crave the nutrients in that salad. Your body naturally wants real food. The packaged quick-fix foods many people fill their diets with are like poison. As you add healthier choices, you will begin to no longer crave the junk. It will not happen overnight, but it will happen.
In addition, adding fitness routines helps you breathe and pumps more oxygen into your body, which has the added benefit of causing stress to fade. As a result, your blood sugar should start to regulate itself. This is a blessing for those who are diabetic, and your chances for heart diseases and stroke will diminish, leaving you with more energy to do the things you love to do. Men, you’ll have more stamina. I’m sure you can figure out where to use that. Women you’ll have more stamina too, for shopping.
To save precious time and pain, I created a three-part program, which assisted me and may assist you, to get through the cold sweats of starting and maintaining a fitness program, while having fun doing it. It’s called Repair. Build. Shred. Just go to www.KimberlyLou.com for details.
Until Next time, let’s lighten up and have fun!
As an Advanced Fitness & Wellness Specialist Kimberly Lou helps groups and individuals achieve their lifestyle and fitness goals the fastest, healthiest way possible, creating a sustainable lifestyle and body built to last. Through her personal training and signature program Repair. Build. Shred, customized just for you, and lifestyle and nutrition coaching Kimberly Lou will teach you how to break through barriers that have held you back from your true potential, and then help you develop an action plan to get you moving towards obtaining your daily, short-term, long-term, ensuring results that last.