Hello SOTGC community,
During the holidays everyone seems to struggle with something. Whether it’s issues with weight, alcohol, socializing, financial or the loss of a loved one. Although the holidays are over, people are still in need of support. I recently ran into an old friend and we started discussing our holiday plans. I was going on about spending time with my family and all of my friends not taking into consideration the loss of her father and her sister struggling with cancer. I immediately stopped myself and asked about her family, and the stoic woman that she is, said everyone is doing well and went back to ask about me. I mention this because too often we become so wrapped up in our busy schedules that we need to take time out and think about our friends and loved ones emotional wellbeing.
New Year New You!
It’s 2014 and time for all of those resolutions to kick in to full gear. Gym memberships will be advertised on every street corner, new diets and the list goes on. Please ladies (and gentlemen) don’t be so hard on yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was your body. One of my favorite quotes I mention almost weekly to friends and clients is, “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.”)
- Set small goals for yourself
- Replace 4 meals a week with a salad
- Eat fruit
- The first meal of your day should be healthy. Especially when the weather entices you to want to eat a nice warm bagel (for those of us battling cold winters) choose oatmeal or eggs with spinach instead. It will give you the warm feeling sans eaters remorse.
- Drink water instead of anything with ingredients you can’t pronounce (same goes for food)
- Try 1 new healthy recipe a week
- Try new things
- If you love spin classes, try yoga. If you love kickboxing, try CrossFit. If you love any of these or just want to start moving, try Pilates (sorry, personal favorite!)
- Partner up
- Positively influence one another. Do you love your friends? I sure do but it can be very easy to meet for a drink after work instead of a workout. Help your loved ones be healthy.
- Don’t deprive yourself. So many of us will say, no carbs, no sugar, no meat, no dairy, and try to cut it all cold turkey. Chances are that will fail and you will end up overindulging. You can still have fun and enjoy your life but moderation is key.
- Give back
The holiday season is over and all of those homeless shelters, soup kitchens and animal shelters have cleared out. Keep the giving spirit alive in January and I promise you will not regret it.