The time is upon us! It’s October 1st. If you are one of those who live by the calendar like I do, you are marking off Halloween, and trying figure out which Halloween party to attend.
If you are not obsessed with calendars and schedule like I am I will give you a head-start by telling you ‘Trick-or-Treat’ is on Wednesday and the parties are either on the weekend of the 26th or the 2nd of November. This blog post is not about places to go on Halloween, or what are the best candies to eat. This blog is about something you may not be thinking about. Since, January of 2006 I witness the New Years resolution wave every January. I see thousands transform and I see thousands totally fall off the wagon. I can tell you from experience today is the most important day of the year. Why? Because it marks the start of holiday season. Everyone has a different definition of holiday season. I start October 1st and run it until February 28th. This is where I see most people stumble. The average woman can gain 8-12 pounds in this time period each year. Then they spend March to September trying to lose the weight, then another onslaught of holiday season. Eventually, the body gains weight faster, and lose weight at a slower rate. Here is an example of the cycle and how to break the cycle.
October: The weather changes along with the pace of life. At the end of the month we attend Halloween parties along with the extra lickies and chewies. Halloween is only one day. It is not all of the extra candy we eat on Halloween, or even the Halloween parties, it is the fact that we do not trash the candy the next day. An extra Kit-Kat here, an extra Smartone there. Give me a break! But just not a piece of that Kit-Kat bar.
Possible weight gain: 2-4 lbs
Solution: Throw the candy in the trash the next day!
November: While we sharpen our sweet tooth, we are gearing up for Thanksgiving. By the time we run out of Candy, four weeks later we are ready to pig out on Turkey Day Here is what is interesting about Thanksgiving; the main foods are pretty darn healthy. Turkey, green beans, sweet potatoes.Sound good right? The problem with Thanksgiving is all of the extra pies and desserts on the side. At the time it doesn’t seem like a problem. It is quite tasty actually.
Possible weight gain: 2-4 lbs
Solution: Cook smaller portions of desserts, make healthy recipes, and eat clean. There are plenty of foods that are very tasty without having to stuff yourself like a turkey. Also run in a Turkey Trot!
December: “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” As we work on our leftovers from Thanksgiving, life gets really busy. Kids and teachers are gearing up for Christmas break. I have had clients who take off the entire month to spend time with their families in other countries. Again the parties, inside and outside of the workplace go on throughout the entire month. From December 23-31 we are spending time with family, and celebrating the birth of Christ.
Possible weight gain: 3-5 pounds
Solution: Exercise daily! No matter what Exercise daily! No matter the weather, or what family member is coming over.
January: Many people assume that January is my busiest month. For some gyms that may be true, but most of my people come in during the months of November and December. People plan to start back up on the first week of January, and there is a number of people who come out of the gates strong. The majority finishes the year off strong with a A New Years Eve celebration! By the time they get to the first week of the year, they need a few days to recover. Even if they did not have a New Years Bash, here are a few reasons why they do not start the year out strong.
1) Spent all of their money in Christmas, waiting on the income tax to come in.
2) Too Cold
3) Playing Catch up, Too busy
Possible weight gain: 3-5 lbs
Solution: Do not wait until the New Year to get back on track, do your best to exercise and eat healthy in the month of December. If you wait until January then you have an 8% chance of reaching your goal. I don’t like those odds.
Finally in February the individual staggers into the gym, and flames out in June. I am beginning the ‘Fight For Fitness’ today. Over the last two weeks our clients have been participating in a Crossfit Paleo Challenge. Over the last two weeks we have seen some serious results. Stephanie F. for example, has lost 15lbs in just two weeks and you can see a dramatic change. We have 24 Crossfitters doing the challenge, and all of them are enjoying similar results! We still have seven weeks to go. We are referring most of them to Paleo Books, the one me and a few others are following is Paleo Everyday by Sarah Fragoso. This is a lifestyle book designed for individuals and family. Here a few things that I am doing to recruit you in the fight for fitness.
1) 30 Free Trial to iChoosefit: For new and returning members
2) Group and Corporate rates for CrossfitG6
3) weekly phone conferences that include:
- Tips on Paleo
- Exercise tips
- how to stay motivated
Look for the phone number and access codes on upcoming newsletters and Facebook post.
If you are ready to get a head start call me today at 817-774-6552