While it does thrill me to try and tell people what they need to do, I’ve found that most individuals can pinpoint their habits that most need a makeover. They also have a good idea of what would help the most. If you’re thinking of taking care of yourself NOW and not waiting ’til January, I support that.
Sometimes you just want to do what “worked” before, and there’s wisdom in that. But what if there’s some new approach that’s less severe or more appropriate to your life right now?
I don’t know if it’s an American thing or what, but some of my clients look through the list and pick the hardest one (for them). Sometimes it’s because they know that’s the thing that would help them the most. Sometimes it sets them up for failure. Being set up for failure is a perfect way to never change. Sometimes it all works out. Like the friend who wrote me this week and told me that she’s been doing my “no carbs after 4” practice for a week and she’d already lost 4 pounds. She used words like “brilliant” and “genius” and I felt pretty helpful for a moment there.
Look through the list below and see if there are one or more of these suggestions that you could commit to or adapt to help you feel much better by the end of November.
- Up your fruit and vegetable servings to 5-9 per day.
- Increase water to 8 glasses per day.
- Decrease or eliminate sugary, caffeinated or alcoholic drinks.
- Walk/run/cycle 50 miles in November.
- Take 10 exercise classes (combination of cardio, strength and/or flexibility.
- Reduce or eliminate refined carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, crackers, desserts, alcohol, candy, etc.) after 4pm most nights of the week (maybe 5 out of 7).
- Eliminate or reduce wheat from your diet for a month.
- Eliminate or reduce sugar from your diet for a month.
- Reduce or eliminate or replace afternoon snacking to fruits and vegetables or 10 nuts or a cup of tea or nothing.
- Go vegetarian (no meat) or vegan (no animal products) 1 day per week (beware: this will not help if you go “muffin top vegetarian” by eliminating animal products but loading up on crackers, pasta, etc. Add fruits and vegetables instead for the best benefit of making this once-a-week change).
- Eat less. Eat a noticeably smaller dinner and eliminate after-dinner eating on 6 out of 7 days per week.
- Exercise 30 minutes five times per week.
Off you go! Report back, please…to firstname.lastname@example.org.