Create Your Own Healthy Holiday Challenge In 5 Easy Steps

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The holiday season shouldn’t be about deprivation or dieting. It’s a time to celebrate with family and friends and to enjoy the festivities.

A challenge is simply a short period of time (like 30 days or 90 days or the Christmas season) when you challenge yourself to make some changes.

It could be a smoothie challenge where you drink a green smoothie every day for 30 days.  Or a walking challenge where you strive for 10,000 steps per day for 21 days.

Or a healthy holiday challenge where you pick a few simple habits to focus on for the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

Calling it a “challenge” makes it fun, like a game. And there’s a little competitive element to it, even if you are only challenging yourself.

But first…

A healthy holiday challenge is NOT:

  • following a special diet. No strict meal plans or “acceptable” food lists.
  • a specific workout program, though movement is important.
  • deprivation and never saying yes to stuffing, peppermint mochas and grandma’s gingerbread cookies

A healthy holiday challenge IS:

  • a fun way to focus on not gaining weight over the holidays
  • tracking a few simple healthy habits
  • moving your body in some way daily
  • enjoying treats in moderation with NO guilt
  • focusing on daily self-care
  • holding yourself accountable in a loving manner

Sound good? Here’s how to create your own Healthy Holiday Challenge.

STEP 1 – SET A GOAL, WRITE DOWN YOUR “WHY,” AND PICK A REWARD

What do you want to accomplish with your healthy holiday challenge?

Putting that goal in writing is essential. So grab a notebook, or a Word doc, or the notes app on your phone, and write down your goal.

NEXT, WRITE YOUR WHY.

Why do you want to have a happy and healthy holiday season? It might be to look amazing in your New Year’s Eve little black dress.  Maybe it’s so you don’t start January 1st with regret. Whatever it is, your WHY is unique to you. Write it down.

CHOOSE A REWARD.

Sometimes it helps to have a little carrot dangling at the end of your mini-challenge.  How can you reward yourself?  A massage? New running shoes? Scented candles from Bath & Body Works?

Choose something that will motivate you, and write it down.

STEP 2 – TAKE YOUR STATS.

Yay, this is the fun part!  Ok, not really. No one likes jumping on the scale.  But you won’t know if you are successful if you don’t know where you started.

I recommend at least tracking your weight and waist measurement.  If you want to measure hips, chest, thighs, arms, and calves, have at it.

STEP 3 – PICK 4 OR 5 HEALTHY HABITS TO FOCUS ON

You choose the goals that work best for you but be sure they are realistic.  Sticking to a 1200 calorie diet plan and running 5 miles every day is probably unrealistic.

STEP 4 – TRACK YOUR PROGRESS AND HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE

How do you know how you’re doing unless you track your progress and hold yourself accountable? You won’t. Challenge yourself to review your goals.

They remind you of your goals every single day.  They allow you to check off whether you’re following your habits each day. The cool thing about tracking and being accountable to yourself is that you can see at a glance how you’re doing.  Did I stop eating at 8pm?  Yes or no. Did I eat mindfully most of the time?  Yes or no.  Did I exercise? Again, yes or no.

You can use an App to track your progress, this will help you to stick to the routine.

STEP 5 – REWARD YOURSELF, EVALUATE YOUR CHALLENGE, AND PICK A NEW GOAL

YAY A REWARD!

On January 1st you will have completed your challenge. Now it’s time to give yourself the reward you promised at the beginning.  Be kind to yourself… perfection isn’t important, but consistency is.  If you hit your habits most of the time you probably deserve your reward.

PICK A NEW GOAL.

Don’t let your healthy habits end on New Year’s Day. Take a few minutes to think about what you want to accomplish next.

Do you want to lose a few pounds? Stop eating junk food? Train for a 5k?Stop smoking?

Choose a new goal and then write a plan to make it happen.

Wishing you a very healthy and happy holiday season!


Source:https://planahealthylife.com/blog/healthy-holiday-challenge


Author: Devika

Devika, M.Sc, NET Qualified is passionate about helping people discover the power of nourishing real food. She specializes in weight management, therapeutic nutrition, food allergies and intolerances, inflammatory diseases, gut health, and functional nutrition. Her approach blends a conventional health care and nutrition background with natural and science-based therapies.