Healthy for the Holidays

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I have 3 rules for you:

1. Eat more of the things that are good for you and less of the things that are bad.

2. Do not overindulge. Moderation is key.

3. Guilt makes everything worse. Do not worry incessantly about the chips or the piece of cheesecake. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.

Enjoy yourself this holiday. Have a glass of wine and one desert. Eat that cheese dip. Just don’t go off the deep end. These foods and traditions are culturally significant and missing out on them completely does not make us feel good.

More health, less junk, moderation, no guilt means you will get through the season with your body and mind in tact.

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Move More

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IMG_0674I am on a major journey with fitness. I am the first to admit that I fall of the wagon probably even more than what is normal. Excuses run rampant and all of the sudden I am on the couch with a bag of candy 5 lbs heavier and feeling like dirt. How does this keep happening to me?!

I am proud to say that for the last month this is not the case. Sure I have my days where the couch is home instead of the gym, but it is good for my body to take days off. Every week I make it to the gym at least a couple of times and do yoga nearly every day. How am I finally maintaining this healthy habit and staying on the wagon?

1. I make it easy for myself. I pack my gym bag in the morning and bring it to work. I find that if I go home before a workout I probably won’t make it there. My gym is on my way home from work so I can’t use the excuse that it is far away. If I am tired, I only work out for 30 mins, but hey at least I went.

2. I surround myself with motivation. I have a Fitbit(highly recommended) which motivates me. I workout with my boyfriend for motivation. I keep a fitness journal so that I can see my progress.

3. I eat healthy. Eating healthy is a great motivator for working out and vice versa. If you focus on one of these habits the other will follow suit.

4. I made the choice. I am CHOOSING to make this a priority. I am CHOOSING to focus a lot of my energy on making it happen. It is a conscious decision that I make every single day. No more excuses. I want this to be my lifestyle and so I am CHOOSING to make it happen.

5. I am loving the journey. This is the most important part of my whole health pursuit. I have realized there is NO END. This is a lifestyle choice. It is not a matter of working really hard to feel a certain way and then stopping when I get there. If I stop I lose everything I gained. This is a lifelong journey and I am loving all of the ups and downs it has to offer. There will always be someone stronger, skinnier, healthier. I now compete only with myself. This is my journey and I am learning to love it.