As we approach the holiday season, it’s important to keep in mind a commitment to a healthy weight. The process starts by understanding where you are, in order to know whether you are striving to improve or maintain.  Your weight goal is your own, and though it may be difficult to stay resilient during the holiday season, you will thank yourself as you enter a New Year with good habits. In this article, we’ll discuss some tips and provide you with links to additional resources to help you maintain a healthy body weight.

The first step in any process is to set a goal for yourself. This goal MUST be easy to achieve. Maybe the goal is to maintain a healthier BMI? You can use this link to calculate it! Maybe it’s as simple as avoiding any unhealthy foods for the next hour, or maybe for one solid workday. Maybe you force yourself to eat healthy first, then reassess whether you want that candy bar or piece of pizza. Celebrate the small victories, and manage your weight with love for yourself. Dieting and weight management should not be a punishment.

Nutritionally, a good rule of thumb is to simply stop when you’re full. “Learn to recognize the difference between true hunger and emotional eating, and you may never have to diet again.” Understand that food is MORE wasteful in your stomach than in the trash! Another great way to combat overeating is by changing the accessibility of healthy food vs. unhealthy food. Check out this Psychology Today article on tips for doing just that!

Of course, with any healthy weight plan, dieting is not enough. WebMD notes that nutrition MUST be balanced with a healthy exercise plan. Create one that’s consistent, and that can follow the guiding principle of highlighting small victories.  Small things like taking the stairs rather than the elevator, or walking around the block can do wonders for your health! After awhile, you may be ready to try some more intense exercises. Here’s an article by the Mayo Clinic on weight training, and how to begin working with small weights.

Follow these simple steps, and you will establish habits that will help you maintain the body you’ve always wanted. The mind and body are interconnected – as we improve our spirit, we also improve our physical self. All this begins with an intrinsically motivated commitment (and not just a New Year’s commitment). Decide to become the best of yourself on your YOUniqueJourney. We’ll walk with you . . .

Have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!

Brenda Raymond-Ball
Owner/Business Director, Healthwell Enterprises or