So, Halloween has come and passed. How did you fare? Did you make it through in one piece or did you try to eat every single piece? No big deal, there's always tomorrow... right?
I think most of us can agree that the recent decadent day of sugar debauchery in some way signals the beginning of the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's are all fast approaching, one right after the other, in a gluttonous barrage of potentially disastrous tidal waves.
It's this time of year that I see people truly test their mettle on the food battlefield. If you have a game plan and are able to approach each occasion in an appropriate manner, you'll survive. If not, I'm sure I'll see you and hear all about it around the second or third week of January as you mumble not-so-loving words under your breath during your fifteenth set of air squats.
There are many strategies that we can employ. There are many different methods to ensure you come out victorious and proud as opposed to upset and regretful. I'll be sharing some of these methods in the upcoming weeks in hopes of helping you to succeed.
However, there is no time like the present to act. I'm not big on the whole resolutions thing we do every January. I think it's a misguided attempt at salvation. One where we try our best to do a 180-degree turnaround, slam the pedal to the metal and go full speed ahead into a hopeful transformation.
But sudden turnarounds rarely work. We simply cannot maintain a complete lifestyle change long enough for it all to sink in and become a new habit. What we need instead is consistency.
So what do you do? How can you ensure that you'll survive the holiday season without putting on a plethora of pounds? How can you make it through without having to check into sugar rehab? It's simple, in theory at least.
Start now. Don't wait until the clock strikes 12 to set up new goals. Set them up now. When you're finished reading this very article, sit down and write down three to five goals you'd like to achieve (or maintain).
Make them specific. Don't just say "uhhh, I guess I wanna lose some weight." Instead, write down confidently "I WILL lose 24 pounds by January 11." The numbers and dates will obviously be different for each person, but again, be as specific for yourself as you can.
By being specific about your goals, you identify where you're heading. When you go to a company party or family gathering, you'll be thinking "I AM GOING TO LOSE 24 POUNDS BY JANUARY 11 NO MATTER WHAT," instead of, "ohhh man, how am I going to avoid all that fudge, it looks sooooo goood?"
If you get into a car with the intent of going somewhere, guess what? You'll get there. If you just hop in and start driving, you may arrive at your destination, you may not, but you'll surely waste a bunch of gas trying to figure it out on the way.
Get a jump on the crowd, get a jump on the holiday urges and the upcoming potential weight gain. Set your resolutions now. Be specific about them. Know where you're going and why.
I'll be back next week with some more tips to help make it through in one piece, until then, live the life you love and love the life you live!
Andy Frisch, NASM CPT, CES, PES, WFS, IFT, NESTA FNC, is a successful personal trainer and nutrition coach who enjoys working with clients of all shapes, sizes and ages. He currently train clients at Sports Village Fitness in Lebanon, works with clients online at www.FreshEvolutionFitness.com and has a budding YouTube channel.