This time of year with all the Halloween treats, followed by holiday goodies, then feasting at parties until the end of the year, no wonder most people start their New Year’s resolutions after all of the hoopla has passed. It can take an extraordinary amount of discipline to stay focused on healthy eating and exercise during this time. With smart decisions and choices you really can enjoy the holidays to the fullest without repercussions. Not to worry if this seems too unbelievable. I have come up with three suggestions that can help you enjoy this time of year, without it destroying your waistline.
First, let’s talk about discipline. What is it? It is really just the postponing of gratifications and choosing to feel greater, later. Which is perfect for this time of year, you want to feel good going into the New Year, so there are a few steps to take in the meantime.
If you think about it, athletes do this all the time. They have to sacrifice during practice, for the winning outcome of the game. I don’t think a football player likes to do all those wind sprints, crazy drills, and two-a-days during pre season, but if he doesn’t will he be in better condition and out run his opponent? A fitness/figure competitor has to not only training but also dieting for about 12 weeks before a competition, sure a bite of chocolate or something not included specifically on their diet program, may not hurt the athlete, but what if it is the difference between first and second place?
It is really up to you to decide what type of physical discipline you chose to use this season. Here are three strategies I decide to use during this season of temptation.
These are three easy to follow and incorporate strategies to use during your holiday season. Remember, the reality is, you really aren’t going to die if you don’t get to eat two or three pieces of pie, cake, or whatever your craving calls for this season. It may look especially good since you are trying not to have it. But remember if you plan for allowing yourself those few moments to enjoy and savor the food, then you won’t be dying for it the entire season. By using discipline and smart decisions, you can survive the holidays with enjoyment and you will be ready to go into the New Year feeling GREAT!!
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