The Lifestyle

Happy YOU Year! Week 3

January 17, 2016

As we head into Week 3 of the New Year, its helpful to think not just about changes to your workout and eating habits, but also to other areas of your life that will make an impact. Here are some things to consider on as you work towards a healthier YOU:

Log some Zs. If you have small children or a major Bravo Real Housewives addiction, this may seem unattainable. But a recent study showed that people who got enough sleep on a regular basis, like 7-9 hours per night, lost more weight and made better food choices than their night-owl counterparts.

Get a handle on stress. On-going, long-term stress promotes your bodys production of cortisol. Excess cortisol raises blood sugar levels and, if not burned off via exercise, can result in extra weight. Staying up past your bedtime on a regular basis is considered a stress event for your body. So, if you can, record Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on your DVR and go to bed by 10:00pm!

Do things that make you happy, with people you like! Take up a new hobby, whether its tennis, photography, painting or playing the piano, and make time for it in your busy schedule. It will keep you smiling and feeling accomplished. And schedule time with the friends and family that support you and bring out your best. Theres nothing better for you than a good old belly laugh, and even a hard cry with someone that knows how to listen will make you feel better.

Smile. Laugh. Dont sweat the small stuff. Were all on our own unique journey. What works for you might not work for anyone else you know. Keep moving forward and dont let small setbacks trip you up. When something sends you backward, acknowledge it, dont beat yourself up, and move on!

Blog contributor:

Gennis Lafayette, N.C.

Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant

Bar Method Teacher, Palo Alto & San Mateo