So it’s the day after Christmas and many people are on vacation. We all probably ate more yesterday than we normally do, and may not be finished yet. Most people think of January first as being the day of new beginnings, turning over a new leaf, or making new year’s resolutions. I would say, don’t wait until January first to make a commitment to your own health. Sometimes there are commitments that we have to renew every day; taking care of ourselves is one of those commitments.
Why tell yourself you’re just going to wait until January first to start working on that goal; losing weight, exercising more, drinking more water, or just trying to think more positive? It doesn’t have to be drastic, but start today. Even if you’ve still got holiday meals to go to you can watch what you eat. Choose the lighter menu items, or just eat less of the ones that are not as good for you. I love a good Prime Rib, but I don’t eat them often. When I do, I enjoy every bit of it and try to eat vegetables or a good salad with it. Even if you have some parties to still attend, like New Year’s Eve, you can drink more water. A good way to stay hydrated, if you’re going to be drinking alcohol, is to drink a glass of water after each alcoholic drink. Even if it’s cold outside and you really don’t feel like doing anything other than wrapping up with a blanket and a good book, you can do isometrics. This is just tensing your muscles (making a muscle) several times with each muscle group. If you do ten reps of each muscle group, you will be surprised how much you feel it.
It really does just take one simple change to make bigger changes. Don’t wait to get started, there are small ways to start today and by January first you’ll be ahead of the game!