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December 28, 2009

So the holidays are for the most part past for another season and I thought I would take this time to weigh in on all of the holiday fitness advice.  There are literally millions of web pages offering advice on controlling your holiday eating and they offer for the most part excellent tips and advice.  Plan to eat less, stay active, snack healthy before parties, avoid egg nog, etc.  Really all tips that make sense.  The thing is, I haven’t offered any of this advice because I don’t  know if it will help.

Again, it isn’t that the advice isn’t good, it is.  Certainly, part of the reason I am not offering advice is just that I have found that I am not very likely to follow good advice at the holidays so why would I expect that you would, but there is something much bigger.  The truth is, if a holiday season is going to destroy your plan to get fit, then you really don’t have much of a plan.  Worse, if you don’t have a plan to get and stay fit, then you aren’t going to get fit and stay fit.  So, which is it?  No plan or a bad plan?

Imagine if you will a graph of your weight as a measure of your fitness.  It probably looks a lot like the graph below:

At some point in your life, your actual weight separated from your ideal weight.  It probably started out quite slowly, where a year went by with only 2 or 3 pounds of weight gain.  Now you are gaining weight faster and are a ways over your ideal weight.  You may have tried diets and found that your weight went way down and then bounced right back up after coming off of the diet.  This could  have happened a number of times.  The key point here though is that your weight is on a long term upward trend and your fitness is on a long term downward trend.
What makes this important is that a long term trend isn’t going to be changed by short term behavior or thoughts.  If you haven’t changed your long term thinking by the time that the holidays role by, all of the tips and tricks to avoid sweets aren’t going to help you get fit and lose weight.

Below is a chart of your potential weight if you start a fitness plan:

Now that the holidays are over, read the first part of You Are Not A Fit Person (You can find the pdf in the You Are Not A Fit Person .  If you are ready to start on a fitness plan, drop me a line.  This could be the beginning of the reversal of your long term trend of gaining weight.  It has nothing to do with avoiding egg nog, although you probably will do that when you are on your fitness plan, when you start to see the reversal of the trends of the past.  Holidays are much easier and more enjoyable when you have an overall plan.

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