M.A.P Out Your Holiday

By · December 12, 2012 · Dieting Health Healthy Eating Maintaining Weight Through the Holidays Motivation Nutrition Psychology of Eating Special Uncategorized Weight Loss · Leave a comment

woman looking at mapThe holiday festivities are gaining momentum, and while we want to party with the best of them, we don’t want to look like we partied at all. We want our fruitcake and our waistline, too. So is it possible to have it both ways? I say it is, if you M.A.P. it all out in advance.

M.A.P. is an acronym for mindset, awareness and preparation. After guiding hundreds of people through this time of year, I have identified the three most important factors for keeping you on track.  It’s a perfectly balanced tripod to success.

M stands for mindset, and without a positive and clear mindset, you will always be on shaky ground.  There is no doubt that food flows freely throughout every event, but the holidays are not really about the food. It’s about giving, sharing, gathering and enjoying the company of family and friends. If you think of this as a time to eat, your actions and your thoughts will follow. So get this straight in your mind; it’s relationships first, and food second.

Next is awareness. How easy it would be to wander from door to door in a sugar induced haze of euphoria. But being hazy is a bit like being lazy, in the sense that we don’t want to think too much. Weight gain happens when we are not paying attention. Success deals with the here and now, and you have to be aware enough to recognize when you are going off track. Notice what you are thinking and how you are feeling. What are you eating? Or have already eaten? Know when you have had enough. Are you hungry? Or are you really stressed and food is filling a void? Being in tune to what your body really needs and wants, will allow you to make the right decisions in the moment. As Ram Dass said, “Be here now” and you will be so much happier with yourself later.

And third, you must be prepared. Preparation beats will power every time. Don’t try to fight a battle you cannot win. I see so many people fall off track simply because they didn’t have what they needed in the house. Plan ahead and plan accordingly. Make sure you have fresh, healthy snacks and meals available. Schedule your workouts into your calendar and have your gym clothes ready to go. As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. So set yourself up to have a great day, and an even greater holiday season.

Mindset, awareness and preparation; having all three elements in place will give you the support you need to get through all the fun. If you M.A.P. out your season, success will be guaranteed.

Leave a comment below and tell me how you plan on M.A.P.-ing it out from now until January.

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