The Festive Season is finally upon us and with it, one of the biggest challenges faced by my clients. Sure, there's Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day but those are all for the most part, single day events...this is weeks of parties, lunches, dinners, cocktail parties, friends, family, work...there is nowhere to hide and it is relentless. I find that there are generally two camps of people at this time of year - the first, people who have been working hard, they have developed a plan, they have stuck to it, they have made progress, sometimes they have even reached some goals. The second, people who just haven't gotten around to creating, adopting or implementing their plan...these are the people who tell me...January, in January I will start...sometimes they do, sometimes not so much. Depending on their mindset, December brings the perfect opportunity to procrastinate and delay - put off to next month (which sounds mysteriously familiar) what people have been meaning to do for a long time. ....and here comes the holiday buffet - the puff pastry appetizers, the baked Brie dripping in some jam or jelly, the office cookie exchange, or worse the colleagues who, desperate to get undesirable food out of their homes dump it into the office kitchen as a "gift". This will never change...but mindset...there's a word worth exploring....and one of the keys to getting to January in at least as good shape as you came into the festive season in.
What is your mindset? Are you following a plan because you want to or because you have to? Is it a lfestyle change or are you coming off a 30 Day plan thinking that you can now check that off the list and go back to your status quo ? Do you own it? Have you actually written down a list of reasons stating why you are doing this? Why it is important to you?? It is an interesting exercise and I invite you to try it out...a hint...go a bit deeper than what size clothes you want to wear...think about what achieving these goals will really mean to you, your life, how you feel, how you perform, how you can be there for your family, your friends, your coworkers, your employees.
In my practice, my most successful clients are the ones who have made this shift - they are not seeing me to lose 5 or 10 or 20lbs - well, actually many of them start there, but what they soon discover is that what they are really after is better health, better energy, better performance and, ulitmately, a desire to improve every aspect of their lives for the longterm...and for these people, if we can drill down into their why, write it down and own it, then they experience a shift. They are no longer denying themselves 1/2 a plate of shortbread - they are choosing not to eat it. They no longer make pronouncements to the room about what they are or are not eating - they just don't. This way, there is no discussion, no need to explain and justify, no need to defend their decision and enter into some protracted discussion about why on earth they would possibly denying themselves the "pleasures" they deserve. Really?
This post is not about diving deep into these concepts so I won't go there now...maybe some other day...but for today, let's keep it practical and real. Let's say you have made this shift, and you are committed or at least want to be - I won't lie, it still won't be easy to turn away from temptation but there are strategies you can avail yourself of to make it easier, here they are:
Have a spectacular holiday season, celebrate yourself, celebrate great health and friendships, enjoy your family, eat great food that nourishes you in every way. Honour your goals and your resolve, be strong.
To your great health!