Why Wait to Change Your Life?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—I’d like to know who the hell decided that?!

I think it might have been someone dropping acid.

Anyway, I guess we don’t have to figure that out right now. But here we are waist deep in the holiday season. How’s it all going?

Are you enjoying the stress of spending one million dollars on stuff that you’re not really sure if anyone is going to like? And how about needing to attend 10,000 parties—can’t they spread them out into Jan and Feb when we have nothing to do?

OK, enough with the Grinch schpeel. There are some nice things about the holidays especially the time spent with friends and family. But typically it is a time of year that we don’t take very good care of ourselves.

Then the mantra becomes, when the New Year rolls around I’m going to…

You know what a better idea would be? Do it now.

Why wait to start taking control of your health? In the process we are just digging a deeper hole for ourselves to try and claw out of starting January 1st!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—I think New Year’s resolutions are bullshit. It seems like a good idea at first—a new year = a fresh start right? But the problem is these resolutions just become some things we think we should do and don’t come out of a desire to truly change our lives.

And isn’t that the ultimate goal—to change our lives in positive ways?

You may now be saying to yourself, I think she’s the one dropping acid. How does she expect us to make healthy changes at this time of the year?

Sounds like craziness I know. But there are some ways to take care of yourself during this time.

1. Find a balance. Sure, I know you are attending those 10,000 parties we talked about. But truth of the matter is you do eat some meals at home in December. Make a huge salad and eat lots of vegetables when you are in control of the menu. Oh….and DRINK GREEN JUICE!

2. Don’t go into f-it mode (as discussed in my previous blog post). Just because you are at a party and there is all sorts of food surrounding you that is probably not the healthiest choice, but sure does taste darn good, you don’t have to go on a wild binge. Yes, eat and MOST IMPORTANTLY enjoy the food that you choose. But don’t set yourself up for a huge stomach ache and feelings of regret by having the mentality that you can never eat food like this after January 1. That is total diet mentality and is never going to get you where you want to be.

3. Have as much fun as you can. Treasure the time you spend with friends and family instead of worrying about whether you will have time to get it all in. And if possible mix some movement into your holiday get togethers. Take a walk or a hike after the meal. Or my favorite—do some kitchen dancing!!

The holidays don’t have to be waiting period—take another approach and use them as a launching pad.

Why wait to change your life?

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2 Responses to Why Wait to Change Your Life?

  1. sarah December 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    f-it mode has always been a struggle, thanks for this post! CHANGE YOUR LIFE NOW is so inspiring!

    • Gwen
      Gwen December 29, 2013 at 12:01 am #

      Thanks Sarah!–I know, and it is so easy to fall into especially when we are setting our sites on only how things will change in the new year. We can start anytime if we truly want to change–it doesn’t have to be January 1st!

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