The Day After Thanksgiving

I don’t know about you, but I find the gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas kind of awkward. We enjoy a long weekend full of Turkey, and other festive foods, and less than 12 weeks later we spend roughly two weeks doing it again. It’s easy to just tell myself that I might as well just do/eat what I want until Christmas is over. Why not just start fresh January 1st? After all, it is baggy sweater season! But that would mean I’ve missed out on 3 months worth of self improvement. You can make a huge difference in your health with three months of time.

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What if rather than waiting until January 1st, you made a change today? It doesn’t have to be a big change, it can be something as simple as committing to taking your dog for a walk every morning. What if next week you decided to pack a salad and grilled chicken for lunch instead of hitting up McDonald’s every day? What if the week after that you switched out one of your diet cokes for a water? Three weeks in you will have added in exercise, extra vegetables and cut back on something you’ve been trying to give up for months. You don’t have to decide to run a marathon or commit to the paleo diet! Instead you can commit to a 5 minute jog and adding in more vegetables.

Every day is an opportunity to make one good decision for yourself. Before you know it, one good decision becomes easy and you start making two. In three months you can look back and celebrate a whole bunch of small victories that have now become one big one!

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Last weekend I got contaminated. This is what my family says when one of us has eaten gluten, usually unknowingly. Because I have Celiac disease, this is a BIG deal. My immune system turned on me and I spent 3 days only getting the bare necessities done so I could lie down. I couldn’t eat much and I spent a lot of time sleeping. The worst part of being contaminated is I have panic attacks and suffer from anxiety. Anxiety so bad I have to fight to leave my apartment. I am anxious about seeing my own family and struggle with making decisions. I start to question every decision I’ve made and feel like the progress I’ve made has been ruined. After a few days the fog clears and I can at least think clearly, but the physical damage can take weeks to months to recover from. I have to be even more careful with what I eat, foods that wouldn’t normally bother me give me stomach aches and cause a rash to spread across my face. I used to sit and feel sorry for myself and take weeks to pick myself back up, but now I know its a waste of time. I need to get back to my workouts, increase my nutrients and get lots of rest.Β  Rather than wallow in self pity for three months and then experiencing it all over again at Christmas (it’s hard not to get contaminated at Christmas) I will focus on building my immune system back up so that when this happens again I am ready, rather than being torn down even further.

Maybe you’re reading this post thinking about how far you are from reaching your goal. Maybe it seems impossible. I want you to pull out a piece of paper and write down three small actions/changes that you can make today. These should be things you KNOW you can do. Put them somewhere you can see them. Start with action one, when it has become habit you are ready for action two. I have seen some amazing results from my clients these past few weeks, and many of the results are because of small changes that they have been consistent with. You can do it!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Charity

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