Don’t you just love the holidays? Me too!
The holidays are about spending time with your loved ones and having a good time. I sure had an amazing time catching up with the ones I love and I have no regrets about all of the indulging I did. Unfortunately , all the indulging can really take a toll on our bodies if we’re not mindful and sure to get ourselves back on track!
This holiday is different though. I’ve learned that making a few things a non- negotiable is key to looking and feeling better. I have never felt this content and in such a good place physically, mentally, and spiritually. I believe it all stems from these key things Ive learned to implement all year round. Here are some tips on how to get yourself back on track, or simply motivate yourself to get started.
Don’t Panic. The scale will go back down . What’s most important is where you choose to go from here. Don’t feel bad about yourself and don’t beat yourself up because your pants fit you tighter . It’s time to refocus mentally and surround yourself with thoughts that will keep you pushing forward. It’s a new day and that means a new fresh start. If the scale has gone up, take into consideration that a lot of what you see and feel is extra water and bloating.
Hydrate. Its extremely important to hydrate more than usual. Drink up and flush those toxins out. Its even better to drink water before you decide to drink any caffeinated drinks because caffeine is a diuretic. The second I wake up in the morning, I drink water or hot water with apple cider vinegar to simply turn on my metabolism. Water is so good for our skin, our hair, our body function, and our digestion. Apple Cider Vinegar has plenty of amazing benefits including alkalizing our body, which in turn makes everything flow and work better.
Take Before Pictures. Some people are not comfortable with this and that’s ok. But there is something about taking that picture and getting your mind to refocus. I’ve been taking before and after photos all year and it sure does something Its so hard to capture your progress when you are consistently putting in the effort on a daily basis. Pictures will show you way more than a scale can and its really nice to track your progress. Don’t even bother getting obsessed with weighing yourself each day because that will make you go crazy. Rather learn to accept what you weigh and look like, learn to love yourself and embrace the new positive changes you plan on making . As you begin your transformation, you can repeat that progress photo each month and weigh yourself once a week or once a month. Learn to seek all of the non scale victories because after all, you’re human.
Make A Plan. I truly feel this is the most important of all. Structure is key. Set a plan and take action. If you use structure, your body will take care of itself. Its as simple as that. Get back to it. Don’t over think it too much. Simply sit down, plan your week or month out. Seeing your plan will help you visualize where you’re headed and help you get there. Make it something you need to do on a weekly basis. Plan your workouts and your nutrition. I can’t even begin to explain how important this part is. I am so notorious for just going to the gym in the past and getting stuck doing the same thing over and over. Not just that, but not sticking with it! I used to start, quit, and over think things. I am currently following the 21 day fix workouts, portion control, and adding in a mixed martial arts program called Core De Force. I slacked this weekend due to too much indulging and I will get right back to it tomorrow. My workouts come with a calender that I have posted on my refrigerator so I know each day what I need to do. I am super short on free time so at home workouts are super convenient for my schedule . The best part of planning my weeks is knowing and feeling all the progress I have made from each week as it goes by. That alone is motivating!
Moderation Not Deprivation. If you’re serious about making some healthier choices in your life-, its important that you don’t deprive yourself. Deprivation will only leave you with constant cravings and self- sabotaging episodes. I used to beat myself up mentally after I indulged when I simply was trying to deprive myself. This will only lead you to bounce back easier into your older unhealthy habits. You can’t cut out foods. Look at this change as adding and incorporating more healthier options. Find what you like and stick to it. Its important to learn moderation and balance. I am taking some time tomorrow to sit down and write out our weekly plan as both my husband and I are excited about heading into a new week planned and prepared. Learn to embrace this process because its nice to find a good balance that works best for you. Since I’ve applied moderation into my life, I have incorporated the three M’s into my life ; Move, Mindful Eating, and Minimizing. When you move more, you get those feel good chemicals and they help regulate your moods. When you’re happier, you’ll make healthier choices. While eating, eat mindfully and minimize processed foods or eating out.
Motivate Yourself. There are so many ways you can motivate yourself by simply creating a vision board by reading or finding new inspirational quotes, looking up motivation and inspiration on the internet or magazines, and refocusing on your goals. Don’t look up fitness motivation just to compare yourself. Use it as a tool to inspire and push yourself to keep moving forward. Find a way to make your vision a reality. Go out and buy yourself new workout clothes and make it fun. Join an accountability group. Accountability groups are a fun way to get motivated and be around like- minded people. Its nice to have a private place to take it one day at a time, surround yourself with positivity, recognize your progress, and hold yourself accountable. My next group starts January 9th and we will dial in to our nutrition and focus on setting our intentions right for the new year. To see if our groups are a good fit for you, simple comment interested here or email me at Jaclyn@TheFitHairdresser.com and I will be in contact with you.
Now that you have all the tools you need, its time to go out and get it . Make your plan and choose to stick to it. Go to your nearest health food or local grocery store and buy your good proteins, your complex carbohydrates, and all that yummy delicious food so that you can stick to your plan and enjoy it. Pre cut your fruits and veggies and pre make some of your proteins you will be having for the next few days. Preparing what you have on hand makes eating healthier faster and less likely to reach for anything in sight. I recommend buying those yummy spices so that you don’t feel like your food is bland and boring. Find new healthier options and stick to them . Get your plan together and figure out where and how you can make it all come together. Clean out your pantry and get rid of all of those trigger foods. Find your pockets of time that you will squeeze in your workouts and pencil them in. Mornings work best for me because I’m simply exhausted by the end of my days after I feed and bathe my children. If you’re anyone like me, then you are giving yourself to others all day long and never can find the time for yourself. Tell yourself that its ok to do good for others and recognize that you can’t give your best to others without feeling your best. You will feel so much better about everything as the time goes and you develop structure in your daily routine. It doesn’t happen overnight , but it all compounds together as you give it effort. Remember that progress brings happiness and it takes one meal, one workout, and one day at a time .