Christmas Candy Hangover, Fitness, & Staying Positive

Well it’s that time of year again. Your jeans are feeling a tad snug, you really need to take the Christmas decor down, but you are suffering from a turkey, eggnog, & Christmas candy hang over. And if you’re like me, you have great intentions, but can’t seem to drag your trunk and all of its junk to the gym. Plus you may be thinking….”what’s the point?!!” Because you’ve probably set unrealistic goals for yourself. (Guilty!)
I know we’ve all heard it before, but you didn’t get out of shape over night, you aren’t going to look like Barbie (or Ken) after you’ve spent an hour on the eliptical & downed a protein shake.  Look, I’m no expert on fitness, and I personally have a long way to go before I get into my “skinny-er jeans” But here’s what I do know. You’ll never feel confident (whether you’re fit or ummm…..flabuliscious) if you aren’t affirming yourself. No, I don’t mean looking into the mirror like Stuart Smalley and saying “because I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!” (Google it, you’ll thank me), but I do believe there is something to be said about “speaking life” over every area of our lives, including your fitness goals and body image. We can all be our own worst critic at times, and I know from personal experience. I’m much more successful and happy in general when I’m not self loathing or criticizing myself. Celebrate your victories! Even the small ones. For example, you made it a point to increase your water intake, went on a walk, had seconds on veggies instead of mashed potatoes. Good for you!!! It’s scientifically proven that being optimistic and positive can help ensure a better success rate in our overall mental, spiritual, & physical health. I personally use scripture to help keep me motivated. When I set the alarm on my smart phone I often choose a scripture to help encourage and motivate me for the next day. One of my favorites is “I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13. So get up and get that trunk moving! You may not look like Beyoncé any time soon, but you don’t have to settle for Madea either….. “Hellur!” 😉  ❤ frOlic- Michelle McNew
Michelle McNew: Stay-at-Home Mom of 7 kids

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