It’s December 1st, we’re in the thick of the holiday season, and you’re probably already oscillating between over-indulging and striving to stay healthy. It’s so easy to start down the slippery slope and wind up looking at our tummies on January 1st wondering what happened.
So today, just pick one healthy thing to do for yourself. Here are some ideas:
Get soup for lunch with a lot of veggies in it. It’s filling, high volume, and low calorie.
Decide today is a “take the stairs” day. Don’t ride the elevator, just go for the stairs instead.
Cook your dinner / brown bag your lunch. Food we prepare for ourselves versus what we buy at restaurants is healthier, smaller in portion size, and contains less fat and less salt. Prepare your meals today and you’ll eat healthier.
Do your usual cardio. Just do the usual amount. No more, no less. Be proud of yourself for your accomplishments.
Give yourself a compliment. Look right into that mirror and tell yourself how great you look. Your eyes are sparkling, your hair looks great, that color really sets off your features. You rock.
Give someone else a compliment. It can be about their appearance or their professionalism on the job or how great they are with their kids. Pay it forward and watch the good vibes spread throughout wherever you are today.
Buy a book or magazine that inspires you towards your goals. A cookbook with healthy recipes, a workout magazine with an article on something you’ve wanted to try, a book on positivity. Anything that motivates and inspires you.
Stop comparing yourself to others. Models and actresses are airbrushed and coiffed by large armies of experts. Everyone would look that good, too, if we had their people! Even folks you personally know that seem to have fabulous lives might just be putting their best face forward. Don’t worry about anyone else, just take care of yourself and your family. The best compliment is a hug from someone who loves you.
Banish negative thinking. Easier said than done, I know. Those broken records in our head are really hard to turn off! Try to turn the negative into a positive. If you always berate yourself for not finishing your to-do list, focus on how much you did get done.
The holidays can be a trying time; old issues can crop up and bad habits can creep in. Think of the holidays more as a time to thoroughly enjoy the life you have now. Stay focused on those goals, keep taking baby steps, and you can truly enjoy the season.