The holidays are right around the corner, which means more cookies, alcohol, egg nog, chocolate, rich foods, and bread. The list of goodies we indulge in is endless! Come New Year’s Day each year, many of us make the resolution to swear off all of these wonderful decadent treats, adopt healthier eating habits, and get on track with a regular exercise regimen. But, alas, by mid-January it becomes tough to stay motivated.
There are many strategies that may help you achieve the new you in 2018. Here are a few tips you may want to consider as you implement your plan:
- If you are doing any holiday shopping this year, treat yourself to a new pair of athletic shoes to break out come January 1. You may look forward to sporting your new pair of kicks when you begin hitting the gym again.
- When you head to the grocery store, stick to the perimeter of the store. It’s time to add back the fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet and avoid the temptations of processed food found in the center aisles.
- Think about putting an app on your phone that helps you track your fitness and nutrition goals. You might want to invest in a pedometer, too. There are many economical ones on the market, and you’ll be able to see how many steps you’re taking daily. The goal is 10,000 steps a day. You can compete with yourself to add more and more steps each day. And before you know it, you’ll reach the goal of 10,000 steps, and you will know what it takes to achieve that daily.
- Many of us struggle to go cold turkey when it comes to giving up all sweets, etc. You may want to consider allowing yourself one “cheat” meal per week. Or, you might choose to reward yourself with new fitness apparel. Having something to look forward to for putting in all your hard work can help to keep you motivated.
- Don’t beat yourself up… you’re going to have slip ups. Keep trying! Stick to it!
These are just a few suggestions that you can try to incorporate as you begin your journey towards becoming a better version of yourself. May 2018 be filled with wellness for you! Happy holidays!!