December is not typically the month to be a high achiever when it comes to your nutrition and health goals. I'm not saying that to give anyone an "excuse" to just let all their healthy habits go out the window. However, it's best to go through this month with a realistic understanding of what you can accomplish. For example, if you know that you have many holiday parties and events to attend and you won't be cooking at home as much as usual, it may not be realistic to expect to lose weight during the month. Rather, your goal may be to avoid gaining weight. Each week, I suggest writing down a goal or two that you plan to follow during the week. (If you need ideas, check out some of the previous holiday tips.) It should be somewhat specific, such as "I plan to drink 8 glasses of water" as opposed to "I plan to drink water" and make it realistic based on your previous habits. So, for the water goal, if you've only been drinking 2 glasses of water daily, it may not be realistic to drink 8 all of a sudden. Rather, 3 or 4 glasses may be your goal. It can help to keep track on a calendar of whether or not you complete the goal each day. Then, if you find that you are completing this goal at least 75% of the time, you can increase or change it for the following week. Although you may not see big changes in your nutrition or health goals, small steps in the right direction are still motivating and will keep you on track as you prepare for the new year.
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