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Post-Holiday Melt Down Time!

The holiday celebrations are over. Aunt Sally's homemade chocolates were awesome! So awesome, you brought a few home. Mom's cheese ball was a hit! And you hit it WAY too many times. Now it's the after holiday blues. Your pants don't fasten and your shirt is too snug. So you've decided to scour the internet to find some special secret to get the tell-tale overindulgence off your body. And you found us.We are glad you did! It's our mission to help you.

I have a couple of secrets to tell you, but there is a burning question I must ask: Has this been creeping onto your body all along? For most people the answer would be, "Yes." Thanksgiving, Christmas, then New Years. ALL in a row. Holiday celebrations really punctuate overindulgence. After two months of happy, it's hard to get back to normal living. Over the next few weeks, I will be teaching Healthy Lifestyles groups how to get on track to becoming healthier, fitter, and trimmer. If you are able to join us, you will learn the secrets you are looking for. If not, you are welcome to glean some crumbs of wisdom from under the table.

Here is secret #1: You won't be able to get rid of it in one binge session of exercise.
Nope. If you put on 10 pounds over two months, it will take at least a month or two off dedicated effort to get it off your middle. So while you are here on your smartphone or tablet knocking yourself out on the treadmill, keep reading because I really believe there is a better way than the killer plan you've been thinking you have to do.

Secret #2: You might get it off with a fad diet, but it won't stay off if you LOVE to indulge regularly. In reality, we all have a love affair with food. Fad diets are short-term attempts to get rid of the evidence of a lifestyle problem. In fact, most of those fad diets cause your metabolism to drop like a rock. It's not good for your body to yo-yo like that. Honestly, you can't sustain, nor should you sustain a weight loss diet. You find yourself starved because your body is telling you you are starving it of vital nutrients. Your wallet also can't handle those expensive weight loss supplements your friend peddles to earn some extra pocket change. The people who have figured out how to put food in it's rightful place and keep their weight under control, may have enjoyed Christmas goodies ON Christmas, but they know to go back to eating right and exercising the very next day. They usually don't gain more than three or four pounds over the two months, if at all. It's not the fad diet you really need. You need a lifestyle change that works for you ALL the time.

Secret #3: What you really want isn't a quick fix solution to a long-term problem. You really want a nice, sleek body that serves you well every day. Detoxes and colon cleanses aren't your answer, are they? Do you really want to drink that nasty stuff and sit in the bathroom all day? Keep moving on that treadmill. Check out the class schedule at the gym and find one that sounds like one you would enjoy. Take advantage of the discounted personal training sessions or the fitness center orientation. Working out in an environment where everyone is working out will be more motivational than exercising at home right now. No secret workouts here. Nope.Cardio 5-6 days, full-body strength 2-3 days per week. Let's go.

Secret #4: You can't have your cake and eat it too without the consequences catching up with you. Your best jump start for the new year is clearing the junk food out of your house and your work space, and staying out of the fast food lane. Don't let one morsel of that stuff touch your lips.Period. Invest in fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables-- au natural. Bake or broil lean meats. Cut those carbs down to appropriate servings sizes. Drink plenty of crystal clear, fresh water. Without anything added. Yup. Stay tuned for further instructions.

Those pounds didn't creep on while you were sleeping, so don't expect them to melt off overnight. Learning how to make a lifestyle change takes reframing of your mindset. No brainwashing. Changing how we think of ourselves, food, holidays, relationships, and exercise is imperative. Keep moving and eating healthier. Get your pencil and paper and lets go old-school with this:jot down what in the world you really believe about yourself and what it is you really are looking for. Prayerfully ask God for direction as you write. The Holy Spirit has an interesting way of shedding light on areas of our lives we've stuffed away and forgotten. Those are usually the things that eat at us. Literally.

Keep moving. Eat healthy. Stay tuned.

This is the first installment of a series. We hope you will join us each week. May God bless you!

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