Obligations

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Are you obligated to accept food when someone offers it to you? How do you handle the situation if someone says, “Just have one”.

Adhering to a specific nutrition plan or diet, can be difficult in itself. Holiday parties, family gatherings and even pressure from coworkers can make sticking to a program almost impossible.

The pressure can feel like sabotage, even when the intent is innocent. “You can have a little”, “One won’t hurt you”, “It’ll be our little secret”, these sayings and others can be difficult to deal with.

Remember that everyone struggles with change to some degree. In dealing with clients that are going through multiple changes, they may have friends that are afraid to see them change. They may think that they could lose that friend due to different likes or priorities. I make it part of my responsibility to have a game plan in place in case these instances arise.

Be prepared to answer questions such as, “Why are you on a diet” or, “How much damage can one do”?                    It is acceptable to politely decline and say that “I won’t stop at just one” or, “I’m trying to better myself”.

Remember that you are in charge of the route you choose to take. Take control of yourself, your future, and your health.

In fitness, Bob

Happy Monday!

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Happy Monday!

For most of you, it is time to get back to work, catch up on where you left off last week and maybe hit the gym. If you are like some people, you over indulged this past Thanksgiving, I did. I also know I need to get back on track. I am not going to beat myself up or live with regret that I ate apple pie, broccoli & cheese casserole, more than one portion of dark meat, some fruity cream cheese dessert, or scalloped potatoes, oh yeah and some chili. The truth is, I was mindful of my portions and I do not eat like this often.

My Thanksgiving was spread out over multiple households, and because I exercise, my metabolism is good. I know that living in guilt is not healthy, therefore I choose to move ahead.

My happiness will come from knowing that I will be back into my exercise routine, maybe even a little extra tomorrow. For those of you that are feeling a little ashamed of yourself, be proactive about your choice and begin this week fresh and happy.

Pack yourself a nutritious lunch, be mindful of the portions, drink plenty of water, and get up once in awhile and move around. Do you have a gym membership? Get back in there, you will have plenty of company.

The holiday season can be a difficult weight gain time for many. Emotions run rampant throughout the holidays and can cause stress eating. Others may feel compelled to overindulge at office parties, or with friends. Be mindful of who you choose to be around. If you are next to the buffet table, you will probably hit it more often. Grab a smaller plate if there is an option or have a light snack before you go. Stay filled up on water. Move around and mingle, you will be less apt to overeat.

I started a new client this past weekend, and am proud to say that the client did not want to wait until after the holidays to begin. This will be a huge advantage! So, set the mood for your week with a Happy Monday! Press forward and put these positive steps into place. You have an entire new year, and life, just around the corner. Don’t wait to make a resolution that you will begin something later. Do it now!

In fitness, Bob