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Happy Motivation Monday!

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It’s no surprise that January is a great month for those of us in health-related fields.  I’ve been filling up with speaking events and workshops for January already, because the organizers know that people will want to hear about health and nutrition at the beginning of the New Year.  The holidays are filled with occasions to eat, and many people leave the holiday season feeling bloated and lethargic.  Even though the average person only puts on a pound or two during the holiday season, the Huffington Post says that “most Americans who gain weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve generally don’t lose that weight ever again.”  One or two pounds per year can really add up over time!

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Now, you must be wondering … it’s October.  Am I trying to outdo the drug stores and department stores, which will no doubt be putting up holiday decorations soon (way too early, in my opinion!).

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No, I’m not.  Instead, I want to encourage you to prioritize your health NOW.  Why wait until January to prioritize health when you could do it today?  Those of us in the Fall Reset are halfway through and feeling great, just by focusing on clean, whole foods.  You, too, can make an effort to focus on whole foods, start an exercise plan, or get in the habit of drinking more water TODAY … so that a little bit of indulgence over the holiday season doesn’t leave you feeling down.

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So tell me in the comments … What can you do for your health TODAY?

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  1. Michael Anderson on October 6, 2014 at 6:06 am

    I saw a similar sentiment on Facebook this morning “There is another chance to get back on track … it is called TODAY!”

    We do seem to wait for the ‘perfect moment’ … and I know when losing weight I never weighed myself at my peak, always waiting until I had momentum going. It is all silly, and they are all mental games. The thing to realize is that there is no such thing as ‘not worth it’ (as in, not worth exercising if your eating and other habits are going to be crap all weekend), and that every little bit we can do to keep ourselves active and eating better is a positive step.

    Oh – many stores start with Christmas stuff up right out of ‘back to school’, so you can buy Christmas wrap, etc just after Labor Day. Sad.
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    • Megan Lyons on October 26, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      I love that saying, too, Michael!
      I have to agree with you that it’s silly when we wait for the ‘perfect moment,’ BUT having just written tomorrow’s Motivation Monday post, I’ll also say that we have to wait for others to have that moment themselves, rather than forcing OUR perfect moment on THEM. If I’m making no sense, hopefully it’ll be more clear after tomorrow :).
      Hope all is well!

  2. Tina muir on October 6, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Agreed! It is always about “tomorrow” and taking the easy way out. People need to realize that it is a lifestyle change, and something you have to commit to for life. That does not mean you need to only eat fruits and vegetables, but you need to commit to looking after your body, and doing what you need to do to think about your long term health.

    I know I run too much for most people, but I have seen incredible results with people who have fallen in love with running. It does not have to be running, whatever you find that you enjoy, as long as it is active, it will help keep those pesky pounds off, and make sure you live a long, healthy life!
    Tina muir recently posted…Meatless Monday- Vegetable and Sweet Potato CakesMy Profile

    • Megan Lyons on October 26, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Love, this, Tina! When you say “I run too much for most people,” though, who cares? If you run the perfect amount for YOU, then that’s awesome! As long as you’re recovering, fueling your body, performing well, and enjoying it, then I say that is the perfect amount!

  3. Linda @ The Fitty on October 6, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I think that’s so sad that most Americans never lose the excess weight! It’s around this time that the gyms start getting empty too…
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    • Megan Lyons on October 26, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Yes, that’s another great point that I forgot to mention, Linda!

  4. Deborah Brooks @ Confessions of a Mother Runner on October 6, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Agreed! No point in waiting until tomorrow. I’ve been cooking so much more (thanks pInterest) ad really cutting back on all processed foods. I haven’t touched a diet soda in almost a year. Never thought I could that!
    Deborah Brooks @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…Sweet Potato Muffins w/ a Surprise inside-Meatless MondayMy Profile

    • Megan Lyons on October 26, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      YAY, Deborah! That’s something to be so proud of! Congrats!

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