Even if you've developed Superman-like powers in the eating and exercise department, you may be afraid that the holidays will be your kryptonite. Let's face it - with all the celebrations and festivities that occur between now and New Year’s Day - it can be tough to stay on track.
Temptations will be all around. Office celebrations. Your mom's famous sweet potato pie. Macaroni and cheese, potato salad, and candied yams. Eggnog. A severe case of the lazies and "I-don't-feel-like-it-itis." How will you fare?
The book of wisdom reminds us that succeeding in any task is a process:
“Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.”
~Proverbs 24:27 ESV
Your ability to weather the holiday storm will hinge on two simple acts: planning and preparation.
If you don’t plan or prepare for the most wonderful time of the year, chances are good that you'll start New Year in the hole. To make matters worse, studies show that many of us never lose that holiday padding and end up packing on an extra 10-20 pounds per decade. Yikes! I know you don't want that to be your story so over the coming weeks, I’ll be providing tips to keep you “on point”.
Here are the first three:
1. Don’t forget your H20! Drink 2-3 full glasses of water in the two hours prior to your office party, ministry fellowship, or night out. It's a simple way to curb your appetite.
2. Do enjoy a salad before your meal. Another trick to curb your appetite and leave less room for high-calorie foods. Oh, and beware of creamy dressings, they are laden with fat and sugar. Choose a fat-free vinaigrette or Italian and drizzle, don’t pour.
3. Don’t skip your workout. Consistency is especially important this time of year. If you’re short on time, don’t let yourself off the hook. Even a quick 15 min. workout can help you maintain your fitness level, so make the commitment to get one in!
Which of these tips will you put in place to set yourself up for success?
Until next time,
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ~Matthew 19:26 (NIV)
This week’s challenge: Believe it's possible!
Your situation may look bad. You may feel like giving up. Friends and family may be all out of words of consolation. But don’t you give up! Because it IS possible.
Your "it" can be anything...
A broken marriage
A troubled career
A business on the verge of bankruptcy
More month than money
A sullied reputation
Or anything else that you can think of…
It doesn't matter if someone else messed up or you did...
It may look bad, really bad, but God can turn it around. There is nothing too hard for God!
How do I know? The answer is very simple actually…
If He could overcome death and the grave, surely He can handle any problem we face. If you believe that He is the risen savior, then you can have confidence – God Confidence – that He can help you overcome ANYTHING.
Keep looking up,
In 3 John 1:2, John prays that his friend would be as healthy in body as he was in spirit. Investing time in our faith walk makes us spiritually strong & empowers us to great things - not just in the spiritual realm but in the physical as well.
When our minds are full of His promises, our approach to life is different. Things that we once saw as impossible (like eating healthier & exercising regularly) become doable. So if you're having trouble sticking to your regimen, it may be time to pick up your spiritual weights (prayer & bible study). Also, add your health & fitness goals to your prayer list.
Pray for strength not only to make a change but to stick to it. Remember, there is nothing too big or small for Him.
Until next time,
Having a healthy, supportive environment is a critical key to reaching your weight loss goals. Under the right circumstances and conditions, anyone can reach their goals. Yes, that includes you!
A Small Action That Will Make a BIG Difference In Your Environment
Making a lifestyle change can be difficult, make it easier on yourself by explaining to your family and friends what you plan to accomplish, why it is important to you, AND how it will benefit them.
For example, you may want to explain that losing 30 pounds by New Year's will bring your blood pressure/cholesterol/blood sugar levels in line and improve your overall health. Also, don’t be afraid to share how the excess weight is affecting your and their quality of life. It may be helpful to explain that at your current weight you haven’t been feeling well, have less energy, etc. Then share how losing it will allow you to spend more quality time with them doing the things they love. A similar approach can be used with your friends.
The people that truly love you will want you to look and feel your best! So have that crucial conversation this week so that you have the support that you need.
Until next time,
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40-something who loves food, fitness, and fun!