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Fitness Corner

By Johnny King

Statistics show that for a large population of the United States, Oct. 1 is the least the average American will weigh for the remainder of the year.

Let that sink in for a moment.

For me, autumn is one of the most exciting times of year. It brings cooler weather, the beauty of the changing aspen and PSLs!

What are those you ask? Why, pumpkin-spiced lattes, of course!

Yet, beyond the wonderful things we so love about the changing of seasons, October can also mark the beginning of the onslaught of holiday candy, holiday parties and holiday weight gain.

According to what I read on the Internet, (which has to be true cause it’s on the Internet, right?) over the course of the last three months of the year, the average American consistently puts on weight until after the New Year.

Why do we do this to ourselves?

I believe it has something to do with the diet mentality that we have in our culture.

A diet is something you’re either on or you’re off. Whereas, a lifestyle is something that you’re either making progress improving or you’re not.

All too often when someone who is dieting desires to be healthier and they eat something that’s unhealthy, they think to themselves, “Well, I just blew it for the day, might as well eat whatever I want and I’ll get back on the diet starting tomorrow.”

Unfortunately, this makes as much sense as someone accidentally overflowing their mug of morning coffee and upon realizing what they’ve done, rather than stopping they continue to pour the rest of the pot into their cup, spilling coffee all over the counter and floor.

When we do things like this, rather than shaming yourself and putting all your energy into how you just acted like a toddler with making a mess of your health, let’s focus on learning and taking responsibility.

In doing so, there are four steps you can take to thrive through the holidays and they are:

Step 1: Raise your standards by changing your “shoulds” into “musts”.

• “I should go to the gym.”

• “I should lose some weight.”

• “I shouldn’t be eating this.”

Unfortunately, most people spend a lifetime “should-ing” all over themselves and yet, nothing ever changes.

Step 2: You have to eliminate your limiting beliefs by surrounding yourself with people who have higher self-belief than you. Without a community of support, chances are you’ll default to your limiting beliefs. Being around others who are pursuing something greater, you too will begin to believe in what is possible. Belief is contagious!

Step 3: To get maximum results, model what works! Don’t recreate the wheel. Consolidate years of trial and error into months of success by finding someone or a program that will bring the results you want.

Step 4: Focus on making progress versus believing you have to be perfect. Ask yourself, “What can I learn from this?” Learn from every perceived setback and take action with an improved mindset for success!

Johnny King is a Lifestyle Coach & Personal Trainer at Feed Your Soul Fitness. For a holistic approach to health & fitness, visit us at