NYE Resolutions vs. Goals

Hey there Pole Fam!

 
Along with being the warmest holiday since 1957, it was probably one of the busiest in my life. I made it through, though, with a little help from some cake and wine. (But that is totally okay, remember?)

Today I want to talk about our next hurdle in the obstacle course we call the holidays - New Year's Eve. While the same suggestions apply in regards to eating habits from my previous post (which you can find here), I want to explore the idea of the New Years Resolutions

However, I don't want you to look at the subject in the stereotypical "resolutions-will-change-my-life-forever" lens because in my opinion, resolutions are kind of useless. Instead, I want you to think of them as New Years Goals.

Here's why:

1) "Resolutions" suggest that you should CHANGE something about yourself, whereas;

2) A "goal" is something that you WORK towards. (see what I did there?)

 
Resolutions get a bad rep, that's for sure. There is a lot of negativity surrounding the concept because most efforts at resolutions end up bearing zero results. There is a lot of pressure when you say "resolutions " and in my opinion, this is because many people commit to  "resolutions" are very vague - for example, I want to "lose weight" or "read more" or "be happier."


These statements are a great start, but they don’t outline the desired result that the individual will be working to accomplish – thus creating more room for disappointment.. Once again the aforementioned “resolutions” all suggest that you need to change something about yourself, which you shouldn’t- I promise. (No matter what others say, for what it's worth, I truly think you're fabulous just the way you are!). Instead, you should be setting realistic and specific goals. For example, "I want to make it to the studio at least twice per week, and stretch at home once a week." By doing this you are keeping your expectations for yourself in check, and you are more likely to be successful. Try to be as consistent as possible and these goals could become great healthy habits. By setting specific and realistic goals, you will be able to hold yourself accountable for completing your goals, you will be able to assess your progress throughout the upcoming year, and you are more likely to be successful.

 
You should also aim to set both short term and long-term goals. Short-term goals are wonderful ego boosts and can help you to better tackle your bigger, long-term goals by breaking them down into more manageable pieces and tasks.
 

Another great tool to help you reach your goals is to get your friends involved. You’d be surprised at how many of us share similar desires for the future and we can be more successful by working together! Friends can help motivate, solve problems, and assist in completing your desired tasks and in return, you can reciprocate and help them to achieve their goal! There is strength in numbers!


Most importantly, don't forget to reward yourself. Positive reinforcement is an effective method for creating healthy habits and it doesn't have to be anything crazy or expensive. Consider taking a walk in the park, taking a special workshop at the studio, a night at the movie theatre, buy a new nail polish or even a hot bubble bath. But also keep in mind healthy eating when choosing food as your reward. Healthy eating promotes a healthy mind and body!


Whatever your goals are, always remember to believe in yourself and work hard. I believe in you! I wish you luck and the best in the New Year.

 

 - Emily



 

What are your goals for 2016? Is there any way we can help? Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know what you think in the comments!

 

 


Healthy Holiday Habits

Healthy holiday habits

Holy Chic Pole Fam!

The holidays have arrived in full force.

With so much to celebrate during this time of year many of us often forget to take care of ourselves. Between traveling, preparing, working, spending time with family and the actual events themselves, it is easy to fall into some not-so-great habits that may make that second piece of pie a little less worth it.

To give you some suggestions, I have come up with some strategies I use to stay energized and healthy (-ish) during this festive season, while still indulging in all the wonderful pleasures the holidays have to offer such as candied sweet potatoes and After Eight Mints; but that might just be me.

Sneak in exercise as often as you can, any way you can.

Obviously, the more exercise the better during the holidays. Not only are we eating unusually larger meals with a larger variety of items during the holidays, we are also eating them more often and many of these recipes feature rich ingredients. Butter, sugar, lard, and many other ingredients are what cause many of us to see negative changes in our bodies this time of year.

To combat this I am planning to hit the studio as often as I can between holiday commitments. Booty Barre, Cardio Hoop and TRX (and obviously pole!) are all great full body workouts that feature both strength and cardio exercises. There is also a few open practice times available through the holidays for a little bit of flexibility for your very busy schedule. When I can’t get to the studio I plan on stretching at least every other day, if not every day at home. Failing to stretch for a prolonged period during the holidays could result in a reversal of flexibility progress for and though stretching is only a low impact form of exercise, at least I’m getting off the couch! Stretching is also a great stress reliever (which for some of us, is necessary during the holidays). If you challenge yourself to stretch this often, you’ll have a bendy start to the new year.

To incorporate more opportunities to get moving, this year we have planned to go skating in Victoria Park when the family comes to visit and have planned “Reindeer Games” and a Rock Band tournament for the kids (Feel free to take these ideas!) If you’re doing an activity together instead of simply watching the television, the whole family is less likely to start snacking out of boredom. Plus, playing with the kids is awesome. No kids around? No problem. Take a walk after dinner or to an event in the city (especially if this mild weather keeps up!). In the end, whether its sneaking in a workout, walking, twerking or playing Rock Band, do as much as you can to just get up and move!

Yoga Pants + Holiday Dinners = <3

Nom nom nom, I love food. But really, who’s favourite part of the holidays isn’t the delicious food? It’s so easy to over-eat during the holidays leaving you in a food coma on the couch and your stomach in knots. For the actual meals, I start by drinking a full glass of water before eating to help me stay full. Keeping hydrated is something I struggle with regularly, so I try aiming for two litres of water a day. I make it easier to control my portions by using a smaller plate and by taking smaller portions of each item the first time around the buffet table. (You can always go back for seconds!) Speaking of seconds, I try wait between my first plate and second to give my stomach a chance to process and to decided if I am actually hungry still.

While eating your glorious feast, take your time. Slow down to enjoy the meal and the people around you. This will result in feeling fuller, faster. Try to space your drinks during the holidays too as we know how many empty calories that alcoholic beverages have. As well, alcohol prevents the body from being able to reabsorb water as easily, meaning you can become dehydrated very quickly. Try to drink a glass of water between each of your alcoholic ones and you’ll be thankful for the milder hangover in the morning. When it comes to dessert, you could opt to split a dessert with someone else or choose fruit instead. But, in all honesty, I am probably just going to eat the dessert.

As far as snacking goes, you’ll make your life a lot simpler by preparing some healthy snacks ahead of time, especially if you have plans to travel. Cut veggies and hummus, nuts, pretzels, and popcorn are all easy snacks for at home and on the go. By doing this, you can avoid unnecessary eating out especially during your busy days. (It will help save you money too!) Prepping slow cooker meals for dinners can also help you make healthier choices when you are short on time.

#TreatYoSelf

Remember, these suggestions are mostly about balance, instead of abstaining or eliminating the things you love about the holidays. No matter what you’re celebrating, focus on those around you and being in the moment. And if you do end up having that extra piece of pie, who cares? The new year is only a few weeks away!

Do you have any tactics or suggestions to add? Share them with us in the comment section.

-Emily

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