Holiday Stressors & Food!

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We’re coming into the holidays, and often becomes the most stressful time of the year! There is all the “things” to complete, decorations to put into place, shopping, parties, family gatherings, and the holiday food. Sometimes, I think we cram a year of “everything” into the month of December!

How can 1 person orchestrate and accomplish all this in 1 month (on top of their normal schedule)? It’s no wonder that people gain weight during the holidays!

Is it possible to enjoy all the festivities, and maintain / lose weight during this time? YES!

Here are a couple ideas to consider, to ease the holiday stress and bring more joy into the season.

First, it’s not about material items. “Life is about the journey, not the destination.” We place undue expectations on ourselves to be the “perfect” hostess, mother/father, or ___________. Perfection is truly a culmination of imperfect events that are perceived through our collective experiences. It’s really about doing / being the best we can. The holiday season tends to bring up memories (good or bad), while we strive to achieve impossible goals for others. Remember, we are one human being, and capable of a limited amount of “things” we can accomplish in a short period of time (aka the Holiday season).

Second, people love you for you, not for what you can do for them. Love isn’t conditional! Love is accepting, forgiving, and compassionate. The Holiday season is richer with these ideals, instead of the mass consumerism that begins with huge crowds on Black Friday. There is greater value in life experiences, instead of one more toy, piece of jewelry, or tool under the Christmas tree. It is nice to give gifts to those we love and care about. It’s just not the only thing that matters. Relationships are more important that “things.”

Feeling stressed and overwhelmed with the season? Try closing your eyes, taking a few deep breathes, and repeating a mantra that helps you calm down.

Life is Good!

Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Holidays & Food Consumption

 

The fourth of July is tomorrow. It’s a great day for picnics, barbecues, fireworks, and outdoor activities. Usually, there is food. . .lots of food, and not necessarily healthy food.

What to do?

Make smart choices.

I avoid hot dogs, but am happy to eat a hamburger. Hot dogs have too much fat and too little nutritional value. I will eat chips, but a small amount. Potato salad is wonderful!

So, it goes to portion sizes, or skipping something else. I tend to eat in moderation. It’s okay to feel a little bit of hunger.

Basically, I’m not going without. I’m taking care of myself, for myself and those I love.

I tend to think about portion sizes. I don’t worry so much about everything needing to be healthy food. I find that if I deny myself the opportunity to choose, I crave the item I’ve band from my diet. I guess it’s true that we want what we cannot have. . .

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .Have a wonderful holiday! Eat food you enjoy! Work on controlling the portions, and don’t worry about the rest! Remember moderation. . .

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

 

Letting Go of Stress & Weight Loss

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One of the biggest byproducts of our modern, industrial world is stress, and there is plenty of it going around right now. Stress plays a big role in eating and weight loss.

Stress interferes with all aspects of our lives.

It affects our attitudes and adds to moods. It increases depression and anxiety. It taps into our basic survival skill set, and amplifies our emotions.

It can trigger binge eating and loss of sleep. We forget about our good eating and exercise habits that are being built, because the stress can become overwhelming. It can consume our energy, and leave us feeling drained.

So, how do we combat it?

Focus on what is important. Make conscious decisions on how you are going to spend you life energy.

Define the stress by asking yourself questions:

How big is the issues?
Is it an immediate threat?
Will it hurt you or your family?
Can you affect it?
Is it really important?
Is it a small thing blown out-of-proportion?

Stress can be lessened by knowledge. Stress sabotages weight loss and fitness goals by distracting you from what is important in your life.

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .Is your life filled with stress? Then, take time to define what is causing the stress. Ask yourself the questions listed above. Then, decide what you want to work with, and what can wait.

Note: For those struggling with figuring out what is important and not important, I find this book helpful – The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Steven Covey.

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Tips for Self Care

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Self care is the foundation of fitness and wellness. Both are part of self care.

Some tip ideas. . .

  1. Take 5+ minutes a day to still your mind.
  2. Walk a little further each day.
  3. Turn off the television by 9 pm.
  4. Go to the park.
  5. Eat less Fast Food.
  6. Decrease sugar intake.
  7. Replace food with a walk or meditation to cope with stress.
  8. Get enough sleep (6 to 8 hours per night).

Challenge for those who accept. . .Try one or more of the items listed above, and notice the small changes in your life. . .

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach