Written by: Georgette LePage, Senior Level Executive Contributor
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During this holiday season, you have two choices: stay unhealthy and unhappy or make healthy habit changes TODAY to become healthy and happy. It’s that simple. As always, where you are now in your weight loss journey and where you go is entirely in your power. You are in the driver seat and you are responsible for your own health. Even though you might feel overwhelmed by so much information or confused about where to start, it is your responsibility to take control of your own goals, outcomes, and results by becoming curious about your options and hungry for real meaningful changes.
So, think about your current situation and ask yourself what is going well with your health and what is not going so well. What are you proud of and what are you unsatisfied with? What are your strengths and what are your weaknesses? Are there patterns that you keep repeating that do not lead to your desired results? What obstacles are in your way?
All of the holiday hype and hustle and bustle can be intense in itself, so imagine the immediate reaction when we think about losing weight at this time of year! Usually, the message to our brains is that it is impossible to melt away pounds right now and it is too much work. We might tell ourselves that we’re too busy, too stressed, too tired, too distracted or too late to make a difference before the end of the holiday season. We are very good at holding ourselves back from making changes and enjoying progress by convincing ourselves that the timing is bad. I’d like to challenge you to flip the script and to push yourself to try a different approach TODAY. This might be met with resistance on your part, but hear me out! You’ve got nothing to lose but pounds!
Here are 3 key strategies for losing weight before the holiday season ends this year:
1. Know your reason
Why do you want to lose weight? It might be in response to recent lab results from your doctor that were not good. Perhaps there’s an old or new holiday outfit that you’d like to put on and look and feel better wearing. Maybe once and for all you are tired of hiding yourself in the back of group pictures. You possibly might want to enjoy other parts of the celebrations besides focusing on the food. Whatever it is, know your WHY as a first step.
2. Cut through the information overload
Once you decide to lose weight in the next month or so, decide exactly what your goal is and be specific. Write it down and put it on your calendar. At the end of each day, mark off the square for that day to celebrate your hard work towards your goal for the day. Little successes will add up quickly and will fuel you to keep going.
3. Do only one action step a day… not one more
This is super important in order to be laser focused. It also supports keeping things simple and doable. You see, our brains like to keep it simple and do better with one task at a time. For example, if you are choosing to only have dessert on the weekend, such as my “Sweet Saturday ” method where I only eat a sweet treat on Saturday instead of daily, make that your one focus, your one action step. I don’t recommend trying to change all of your unhealthy eating habits at the same time. You’ll be amazed at how clear and focused you will be doing one thing at a time. Small steps lead to big changes. Be concise and consistent to see results faster!
Typically at first, my clients resist this idea of implementing healthy weight loss habits one at a time with intention during a busy time of year filled with endless temptations, but they are always amazed and impressed with following through and putting forth the effort to do the work once they see their results. I invite you to make this year different so that you can enjoy the last part of the holiday season with focus, determination, and hope for a healthier you inside and out. Again, you’ve got nothing to lose but pounds, so what are you waiting for? You are worth it…starting TODAY!
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Georgette LePage, Senior Level Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine
Georgette LePage is a certified Health and Life Coach who empowers women all around the world to lose their mental weight first in order to then lose their physical weight. Her approach is honest, real, clear, and genuine with transformational habit change and mindset reset methods. Georgette’s energy and enthusiasm are contagious. Her focus on a healthy lifestyle inspires her clients to leave behind old diet culture thoughts and patterns in order to embrace fresh and simple ways to live their best lives without diet drama. Empowerment, self-confidence, and self-care are cornerstones of the programs that she offers. She helps her clients to get the results that they want with realistic, real-life strategies. She lives her own life the way she coaches others. She listens to what her clients want and guides them with compassion and accountability as they achieve their goals. She works with people of all ages (teens to seniors and every age in between) who are ready to live a healthier, more joyful life. Georgette also hosts the talk radio show WHY WEIGHT? with Dr. Pat Baccili on Transformational Talk Radio. In addition to speaking English, she also is fluent in French and Spanish. Georgette has 33 years of experience as a World Language Teacher, as well. Her coaching motto is: Feel better. Look better. Be your best self!