A Positive Approach to Resolutions
Happy New Year!
I have made the same resolutions for the past few years. They are basically to eat less sugar, watch less tv, spend less money and to be more present (worry less). Most of these are very negative; taking away and focusing on things I don't like about myself. This year I'd like to be more positive and instead of focusing of what I want to stop or reduce, I will look at what I want to increase that will in turn reduce those behaviors I do want to lessen. For example, instead of stop watching so much tv, I will read more. That sounds better doesn't it? I'm focusing on what will be added to my life rather than taken away.
So for 2017 I will focus on:
1. Reading and learning more
2. Eating more fruits and vegetables
3. Saving more money
4. Appreciating every moment
Anyone with me for this more positive approach? Focusing on the positive result of any change is a great motivator to create a new habit to stick to a goal or resolution. It's also a way to cultivate gratitude, which increases happiness, and who doesn't want to be happier!?
It's exactly one week until Christmas and I know everyone is busy so this will be a short post. I wanted to share a few of my thoughts on staying on track for the rest of the holiday season.
1. I don't stop my workouts. I feel awful if I don't work out for a few days so exercise is a priorty for me. If I am unable to do my regular workout on a particular day I try to make sure I get some kind of movement in. For example, if I usually do a boot camp class but I can't go because I am traveling, I wake up a little early and do an online workout, go for a run or go for a long walk with family later in the day. Be flexible and get in what you can when you can.
2. I choose treats that are worth it to me. If you are going to a party with lots of food, don't feel like you have to have some of everything. Pick one appetizer, one main course , a side dish (veggie!) and/or one dessert and enjoy every little bit. Eat slowly and enjoy. Remember it isn't a good feeling to eat so much that you are stuffed, especially if it was food you didn't even really like.
3. I keep meal planning a priority. Now especially is not the time to succumb to fast food. Plan some big batch meals that will give you leftovers. Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and put them in the freezer so you have a portable meal when you need it. Keep almonds in your bag or car for hunger emergencies. Staying healthy most of the days will help balance out those more indulgent holiday parties and gatherings.
Though I do recommend to keep eating well and exercising during the holidays, it is ok to give yourself some grace to enjoy the holidays and all that comes with it. Try to stay on track enough that your good habits stay habits and it isn't too difficult to get back to your regular routine (or new healthy routine!) after January 1.
I'm rounding up some of my favorite health and wellness related things I've spotted online this week.
This post of 5 easy yoga poses that reduce stress.
I love me some squats. Here is one woman's story of adding them to her work day.
Sometimes starting small can lead to a big change.
9 Simple Tricks to Cut Extra Sugar Out of Your Diet - These are helpful healthy eating tips you should always keep in mind.
Should You Work Out When You Are Sick?
It's that time of year, I know so many people who are sick right now. Sometimes symptoms of a cold or sinus infection can last for weeks! Don't use this as an excuse to get out of the habit of exercise. However, there are times when you should skip your workout due to illness.
The general rule is: if your symptoms are above the neck you can still workout but you may need to reduce the intensity or length of your session depending on how you feel. If you have below the neck symptoms or a fever, you should rest. When in doubt, listen to your body and check with your healthcare provider.