Get Fit For Christmas – Turkey Fit
There is something about this time of year when we all feel somehow compelled to eat to excess, drink way too much and generally let ourselves go. It’s almost as if there is some unspoken permission given which allows us to throw any health concerns away to the back of our minds. Perhaps we have been so good that we consider ourselves as having earned the right to let go our own tethers and just enjoy ourselves.
There is, of course, nothing wrong with this in principle but there are a few things we should perhaps consider before we throw away all our hard work over the past year.
Think about your personal achievements for this year, what gains, wins or successes have you personally experienced. These are important, they are what drives you forward, and you should be proud of your achievements. Do not dismiss these, build on them, use them as your own personal inspiration, think Turkey Fit.
Think about how long those achievements took to complete, what was the toll or price to pay for this success. Did everything go to plan or did you identify different ways which may have been more effective? Save these for later, you may need them. There is often more than one way to crack an egg, perhaps you identified only one, what about the others?
In the event that you let yourself go in a less than controlled way, what is your plan to get back on track, to become that achieving person once again in the new year perhaps? You still have the plans for earlier in the year. You followed these plans, right? You can do these again, you know you can, after all, you already did! This time you will not be starting from the same place, you have moved on, grown in some way and are without a doubt more successful and more confident as a result.
Take the action on personally, make yourself responsible and accountable for everything you are about to do. Identifying these key actions will ensure that when the festivities are over with, you know just what it is going to take to get back to where you are now. Set your expectations and boundaries. Give yourself the room to enjoy yourself but with the confidence to know you are still within your set limits.
After reflection, consideration, planning and action identification, you now need to fully commit to these and get fit for Christmas. Once you have everything in place, you will find the strength to take on the festive challenges, you have your targets so go out and hit each one, safe in the knowledge that you know that you are:
- Allowed to enjoy yourself
- Capable of going out and being sensible
- Able to relax because you have it all planned.
Remember that planning and action identification are only effective if you are fully committed. Not everyone will be successful, and you may have to face the harsh reality that things didn’t go quite to your turkey fit plan. Those extra centimeters just crept on, little by little and now you are way out of your targets. This is when your true inner strength takes over.
Do you recall the strategies you had in place all year, to get fit, to lose weight, to be healthier and truer to yourself? The ability to do this is still in you, regardless of what may have gone adrift over the holiday period so do not think you have failed in any way. Be positive, focused and determined, just like you were back at the beginning of the year.
You can do this! and when you do, you’ll realise that you are in fact your own contingency.
Most importantly, it’s not too late to get in shape for the festive period so you can really enjoy all the festivities to their full.