336 CHANCES

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    Confession: I don’t really buy into the whole “I’m going to wait till the New Year to get healthy because it’s just too hard during the Holiday’s,” excuse. 

    Sorry. 

    I may sound heartless, but it’s true.  The thing is, society has made “the Holiday’s” a SEVENTY day affair starting the week prior to Halloween and ending January first.  In reality, it’s just a few days over a few months. 

    And guess what?  There will always be something!  Some holiday, some get together, some excuse. There is never a perfect time.Last year my coach told me an idea that I LOVED, used, and shared with my clients and potential clients.  I’m sharing again this year because I think it totally rocks.

    Pretend you’re a client of mine and on program…or you’re a client of mine in maintenance or learning how to eat healthily for life.  In any of these cases, you’re eating six small meals a day.  From tomorrow {11/6/12} til the end of the year {12/31/12}, we have 336 chances {eating 6 times a day}, to make a choice.

    Instead of thinking, “the holiday’s are here, so just go crazy & eat till I’m sick and get back on the wagon January 1st,” what if we really looked at our calendar and decided which of those 336 meals could be potentially dangerous or hard situations…or times where we know we are really going to want to just go off plan and enjoy ourselves.  For instance, you might have one or several of the following situations:

    –Halloween Day, Thanksgiving dinner x 2 {your family/in laws or friends}, Church Christmas party, School or work potluck, friends party, Christmas Eve, Christmas day x 2 {your family/in laws}, New Year’s Eve, 1-2 miscellaneous other events. 

    If you had all of the above, that equates to 13 {max} meals that you may struggle with. That leaves 323 chances to be good!

    Instead of throwing in the towel for all 336 meals, what if you said you would stay on program, make healthy choices, and choose to eat well for 323 of those meals and then just do whatever you want for the other 13.  That may look like forgetting about program all together for that meal & eating whatever you want, or it may look like small portions of everything that sounds/looks good to you, or it may just be a regular healthy meal + 2-3 bites of each of the things you love.  Whatever it looks like, you can continue to make progress toward your goal and either maintain or be 10-15 pounds down come the New Year, even without feeling deprived. The majority of American’s GAIN 10-15 pounds between Halloween & New Year’s.  You could enjoy the Holiday’s and your relationships and still be ahead of your goals when the New Year hits!

    This works.  It’s worked for several of my clients and for myself.  Many people even found after going {way} off plan for the first meal that it wasn’t even worth it!  They were able to stay on track for all the rest of their meals because they realized being healthy & achieving their goals felt better than any of that food tasted.

    I LOVE this plan and love offering it to people at every stage and in every season of the year, because there is really no reason to wait.  Our health is the most important gift we have, so why not now?

    If you’re done with feeling sick, and want to go into the New Year with a head-start on your goals, call or message me.  Don’t use the Holiday’s as an excuse.  Where will you be in 60 days if you don’t start today?{picture via Pinterest}

     

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2 Responses to 336 Chances

  • Meredith Adams wrote on November 5, 2012 at 6:46 // Reply

    awesome encouragement. thanks Karli :)

  • Kristy France wrote on November 14, 2012 at 1:48 // Reply

    I love your blog and you! Thank you for sharing this I have sent many of my clients to your post to give them encouragement and a new perspective on this time of year when getting together with friends and family doesn’t have to = pig out time! ;-)

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