The Gifts You Owe Yourself

The holiday season has arrived; the most giving time of the year! We are all extra busy during this time of year, and it may be even harder to give to yourself first. But, it’s still the most important thing to do! Exercising, eating right, and staying positive even in times where it may be hard to do so are still the 3 most important gifts you can give yourself!

The holiday season has arrived; the most giving time of the year! We are all extra busy during this time of year, and it may be even harder to give to yourself first. But, it’s still the most important thing to do! Exercising, eating right, and staying positive even in times where it may be hard to do so are still the 3 most important gifts you can give yourself!

Exercise You say you just can’t fit it in, but I say – yes, you can! One way to do so is to break it up into 3 short times each day! You can even do this with walking. Walk 20 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes on your lunch break and 20 minutes in the evening! You can also split up your walking into 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening!


Eating right Always remember to have your fridge stocked for the week with all your healthy foods ready to go at anytime! Do not keep Christmas cookies or holiday leftovers in your house. Give them all away so that you will not be tempted to eat them. My daughters and I personally bake 1,000 Christmas cookies every year together, but we give them all away! It’s OK to eat one and hop right back on the wagon afterwards, just don’t keep them in your house!

Staying positive We all know sometimes as great as the holiday season is, that it can be stressful! Some ways to stay positive and not be stressed out might be as simple as saying no to something that will take away from your workout time. Also never over-schedule yourself, it will lead to negative feelings. If you need help, ask for it! Find time to meditate and stretch every single day! Stay positive and focused and remember to always put yourself first – holiday season or not.

 These are the best gifts you can give to yourself this holiday season and always!

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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