I realize that we have to get through Christmas first, but it won’t be long until those New Year’s resolutions will be swimming around in our heads. We’ll start to hear the “I’m going to go to the gym every single day”, or “I’m going on the celery diet and I’m going to lose 150 pounds by next weekend.” Yeah, those goals aren’t going to work.
So, here’s a thought? Why not start now?
Over the years, I’ve worked with so many people who’ve paid the price over the Christmas holidays only to try and undo it all in January. Unfortunately, they tend not to succeed. As a Chiropractor, we usually post info about stretches, or some of the most common problems that we see clinically. However, the truth of the matter is that lifestyle is literally SO important in our health that we tend to gloss over it. We really need to pay more attention to the choices we make with our activity and our nutrition.
Let’s try and keep this simple because that seems to be what works best for me. Instead of trying to tell yourself (cause let’s be honest, it ain’t gonna happen) that you’re not going to eat too much or drink to much over the holidays and you’re going to hit the gym several times if not every day over the holidays, try to make realistic goals and expectations for yourself and your family by just trying to eat less, make some better choices with what you’re eating and try and stay as active as you can. I’ll admit that I’m looking forward to the couch time and the yummy goodies that’ll undoubtedly present themselves in the next couple of weeks.
So, how about some realistic goals? Why not try to take a smaller portion instead of boycotting your grandmother’s turkey stuffing? How about trying to get out for a walk a few times a week instead of committing to that 5am spin class every single day? What about having a drink or two instead of eight or ten?
What I’m saying is that if we can get good at small commitments now, we’ll be much better at our larger commitments in January when we get down to business to honor those resolutions we try and make. Also, if you get good at taking a smaller portion or moving your body just a little bit more, those resolutions will be that much easier when they do come. I’m not saying you can’t enjoy every aspect of the holidays. I’m suggesting you enjoy them with style.
Look, I just want you to succeed. I want you to lose the weight. I want you to feel better. I want you to get more sleep and have more energy. I want you to hit the office on January 2nd ready to take on the world. If you can start now you’ll be ahead of the pack in 2019! Try it and let us know how you do. Merry Christmas.