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10 Reasons I'm Not Waiting Until January (Welcome December!)

Saturday, December 01, 2012

If you are reading this, chances are the you are either committed to a healthy routine or heading that direction. Here is some motivation for you!

10 Reasons I'm Not Waiting Until January To Start Treating My Body Right:

1. If I treat my body right in December, I can balance out the typical holiday weight gain that occurs with Americans over the winter holidays.
- Strength training builds muscles & the more muscle one has, the more calories one burns (even when resting!)
- Cardio burns calories, so those holiday treats won't stick to my mid section as much
- A healthy eating plan on a day to day basis means I can splurge a little at holiday parties and not be afraid of gaining a ton of extra flub

2. With all of the holiday business, the gym is pretty empty most of the time. I can make the most of it and get my exercise done without having to wait on weight machines or equipment!

3. Speaking of the empty gym, I would MUCH rather being getting into the groove of my new work out routine now while the gym isn't packed. Who wants to be learning how to use all that equipment and panting like a dog with a bunch of onlookers?

4. By the time January comes around, I will be a regular gym rat & can go with confidence, hopefully seeing muscle definition and lean mass results. I won't feel as self-conscious when everyone shows up on January 2nd to begin their New Year's resolution plan.

5. Eating well now means that my skin will have a healthy glow for those holiday parties and pictures... and my stomach won't look as bloated!

6. Since I am treating my body right throughout December, every once in a while I can relax & enjoy one of my favorite hobbies... BAKING! I may or may not be licking the spoon while baking "Laura Bush's Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies" as I type this... OMG.

7. In January I can reward myself for my hard work by shopping for new fitness items while they are on SALE!

8. When January comes, it will feel good to say that I started treating my body right LAST year. Psychologically, my mind will feel as if I have been sticking to it longer which will motivate me to keep going. PLUS, looking at the scale on January 2nd won't be nearly as discouraging since I will be LIGHTER & FITTER!

9. Exercise is a natural mood/energy/immunity booster. With the winter months comes seasonal depression, decreased energy & sickness, but by treating my body right I can fight all of that off & hopefully avoid any icky sicky bugs that come with people at holiday gatherings.

10. The sooner I start treating my body right, the less time I lose to gain my health! We only have one life here & the choices we make now determine our future health and longevity!

Those are my 10 reasons for sticking with it now! What about you?

Today (Day #6):
CARDIO: 5 min treadmill warmup
ST: 30 min abs & arms
NUTRITION: Ate one small plate at a baby shower and picked healthier options, apple, orange & 3 bites burrito for lunch, making cookies & cooking butternut squash now. Watching portions. :)

emoticon emoticon HAPPY DECEMBER!!! emoticon emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 12/3/2012 1:42PM

    Totally with you!!

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LEAELLEN07 12/3/2012 1:00PM

    Love it! I agree with every last bit of it.

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CHLOEAGH 12/3/2012 10:45AM

    emoticon Great plan! I'm using December to find a routine and really focus on portion control, which will be a big struggle during the holidays. As cliche as January is, it's when most people are off campus and I only have 2 hours of class (and no labs) per day, so that's when I'm going to focus on main goals. But I am using December to at least give me a push! Starting cold would not work.

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NUTRON3 12/3/2012 6:39AM

    love it

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TINAJANE76 12/2/2012 12:03PM

    It's so easy to really let things slide this year and these are great reasons to stay on track. Thanks for sharing!

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BOOKWORM27S 12/2/2012 8:39AM

    Great plan!

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IMREITE 12/2/2012 1:08AM

    it is also helpful because you start the new year already with some healthy habits. i have used these reasons in the past to stay motivated in november and december. and to prevent overeating at christmas.

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BUBBLEJ1 12/1/2012 11:49PM

    Wonderful reasons to start now! Best of luck!

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BARCLE 12/1/2012 11:09PM

    emoticon sounds great

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NURSEPIRT 12/1/2012 9:53PM

    That is so true. emoticon

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DMARIA0282 12/1/2012 6:38PM

  Sounds like a great plan....

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MAMAJAHMAI 12/1/2012 6:24PM

    You are spot on!!! And so totally worth it!! God bless you and more Grace to you and yours!!! ((Hugs))

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MYBULLDOGS 12/1/2012 6:23PM

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STILLHERE1111 12/1/2012 6:21PM

    I agree 200% Just what I was thinking and planning on doing. It will feel awesome to start 2013 having had a great successful December as the starting point.

It all starts with a great plan--go for it!!
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