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Use the Holidays as a Time to Plan for Success
You know what I love about the holidays? I love the fact that lots of things get put on the back burner. Yes,even eating right and exercising.
Now, that might sound surprising coming from a success coach and fitness trainer. You might even wonder why I would suggest that giving into this natural shift in focus that seems to happen on a global level this time of year could possibly be a better choice than sticking to your guns.
"Isn't the back burner a bad thing?" you might ask.
"Isn't it your job, Dianne, to make sure people don't let their diet and exercise plan fall in the toilet?"
Well, sure, on one level that may be true. But as I see it, my job is also to help people maximize their energy, focus, and time?and banging your head against the fitness wall through the holidays isn?t always the best choice.
So, unless you are like the finite 2% of my clientele who wouldn't miss a workout or a clean meal if you gave them a new Mercedes, I'd like to introduce you to 3 December goals that, for many of my clients, have proven to be absolutely golden when it comes to carving out a healthier, happier, and more productive December:
DECEMBER GOAL #1 Focus on the Future: In my 6-Week Jump Start course, I teach that before you can speed down the road to transformation, you must first pave the way with proper preparation. For most people, this consists of waking up on January 1st and vowing to "get serious" about fitness. From there, they expect to remain on the super highway to health, which, without the up-front work, is a bit like trying to drive 90 miles an hour down a dirt path. Sooner or later you are going to blow a tire or careen off the road.
The typical downtime in December presents THE perfect opportunity to pre-pave your future road to success. Here are 3 ways to take full advantage of this downtime:
De-clutter: Start clearing away the mental and visual clutter that is sapping your energy and focus. List the de-clutter projects you need to start before January 1st rolls around, and get started on them now. Not only will you feel more clarity and motivation when you finish, you will also burn some extra calories in the process.
Detoxify: Think about the phrases, stories, words, thoughts and surroundings you find toxic. Jot down TV shows, conversations with friends, places, people and events that leave you feeling uneasy. Use December to come up with creative ways to minimize these activities and begin practicing them now.
Delegate: Make a list of all the things you do throughout the week that you would rather have others do. Pick one and work out a plan that will allow you to hand this task over to someone else - a family member, co-worker, or contractor. Once you start working through this list, you might be surprised at how many things you can assign to others, even some that at first appeared impossible to hand off!
DECEMBER GOAL #2 Forgive: Make the decision now to move into the New Year feeling that you are on the best terms with as many people in your life as possible. This could be as simple as writing a letter to someone with whom you wish to heal that points out only those things about them and your relationship with them that you truly appreciate. Then send it without being tied too tightly to the outcome.
DECEMBER GOAL #3 Find 1 Healthy Habit to Follow: Rather than trying to avoid the gravy and the pie and the candy and the cookies, why not work on the drinking part of the holidays instead. Focusing on drinking less calories rather than eating less can actually save you more calories in the long haul. This doesn't mean, however, that you have to give up caloric beverages all together. Try playing the every-other game by alternating between calorie dense drinks like eggnog and Champagne, with a glass of sparkling water or crystal light. If anything, you'll feel better in the morning, guaranteed!
Dianne Orwig is a success coach, motivational speaker, fitness trainer, and founder of LivingFit Online(TM), a fitness program that has helped thousands of men and women completely transform their bodies and live healthier, happier lives though her less-is-better approach.
For more information on how you can get better results in less time and with less effort than you ever thought possible, visit http://www.lovelivingfit.com.
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