It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” according to Andy Williams. Or should it be the most wonderFULL time of the year? I’m referring to the last 6 weeks of the year which is fraught with one nutritional landmine after another.
Let’s face it, things like pumpkin pie, stovetop stuffing, eggnog, pumpkin-spiced lattes, peanut brittle, homemade fudge, and divinity only make their appearance during this brief window so we might as well gorge ourselves with as much as we can, right?
No wonder the average American gains 2 to 5 pounds (or more) over the holidays. You’d think we were part bear by eating all…the…things before going into several months of hibernation. Unfortunately, this is a major reason people gradually gain weight over the course of years and decades. Gaining weight is easy while losing it is another story.
I should know. I was well on my way to an obese lifestyle before I caught the running bug in 2008. I hit my breaking point after stuffing myself until I was miserable at a local Italian restaurant. I was 34 years old, 207 pounds and out of shape. A far cry from my senior year in high school when I weighed 165. At the writing of this article, I’m 46 years old, 152 pounds and running better than ever.
Here's a before and after picture of me!
None of us wake up on January 1st and say, “my goal is to be 5 pounds (or more) heavier between now and December 31st.” But that’s what happens unless we’re intentional about preventing the unnecessary weight gain.
Let me challenge you to consider breaking from tradition as we get closer to the last 42 days of this year. Many of us have shed blood, sweat, and tears in order to make huge fitness gains in our training. Why sabotage all of that hard work in such a short amount of time? Instead, what if we looked at these last 6 weeks as a springboard into a successful coming year?
Many of your competitors are already mentally defeated. They’ll say there’s “nothing they can do but give in to the holiday season.” As a result, they’ll spend the first 6 weeks of the new year reeling in regret while you’re already off and running toward your best year ever. How we finish one year will largely determine how we begin the next year.
Here are six habits we can put into practice these last six weeks in order to help us thrive, not just survive, the coming year.
By making wise choices during the “most wonderful time of the year”, we set ourselves up for the possibility of having a most wonderful year!
In the nearly 8 years that my wife and I have lived in Colorado Springs, never have we seen the amount of road construction currently taking place. Whether it’s a main road or side street, there’s no part of town missing out on the “fun”. And it’s not just re-paving or patching potholes. Whole lanes are being ripped up with miles of digging in order to replace underground pipes of all varieties.
At first, I thought all the “weed” sales (pot is legal in Colorado) might be producing the influx of tax funds for all this construction. But a running buddy of mine made me aware of a bill that had passed in the last couple years which freed up an enormous amount of funds for these projects.
Turns out the city has a certain amount of time to spend the money. Based on the number of orange cones and “ROAD WORK AHEAD” signs, it looks as though no penny is being spared.
Millions of people are about to be disappointed –– they don’t even realize it.
Maybe you’re one of them.
Right now, around the world, people are setting new ambitious health goals and resolutions.
And yet, according to Inc Magazine, approximately 80% of New Year's resolutions fail. Most of them buried in an unmarked early grave by February.
Why is that?
How is it that despite all our best intentions and genuine desire to live healthier and be fitter, the most we can hope for is a depressing 20% success rate?
So to help you kickstart your New Year with a healthy lifestyle we are going to breakdown why most goals and resolutions fail and what to do instead.