1 – If you hate running, then you don’t have to run since most gyms aren’t as busy as they normally are.
2 – If you love running, then November’s brisk air is great for running before it gets too cold.
3 – It’s the time of year when you have all major sports (football, basketball, hockey and baseball…well hopefully a bit more).
If there is one theme among all athletes is that they prepare in the off-season. This is the “off-season” for most people and if you’re looking to lose weight this upcoming January, then now is the best time to start.
4 – If you create healthy habits now, you are setting yourself up for success in January. It will be that much easier to lose all the weight that you normally gain during the holidays.
5 – As of November 7th, I will be holding classes to past and current clients and friends of clients for $10 per person, limited to 6 people per class to be held at 11:45 am, every Saturday in November and December. The class registration starts at 9 pm, the Sunday before – so for next Saturday’s class on November 7th, to join the class starts today at 9 pm. This is only for November and December and is a way to gauge interest in me offering a class of this type going forward.
6 – The NYC marathon was today and if there is one “sporting song” for NYC events and sports, it’s New York, New York by Frank Sinatra, with the famous line, “If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere.”
The “Holidays” are the same thing. If you can improve during this time of year, then you can improve during any time of year.
The key is to learn strategies to use now that can carry over later.
7 – One of those strategies is to learn to celebrate a big holiday only on the day of the holiday and not the days before and after it. This means, enjoy Thanksgiving. Eat to your fulfillment, but the days before and after, eat normally or even a little less.
8 – Daylight savings should make it easier for you to wake up earlier.
9 – With that extra time, even if you only wake up 20 minutes earlier, you can use that time to either do a quick home workout or to start meditating, aka, take quiet time.
10 – If you start your day with discipline, it becomes easier to show discipline the rest of the day. Therefore, waking up earlier and doing a quick workout or meditating will help to increase your self-control the rest of the day.
11 – You could win money! I just started a diet bet. It lasts 28 days and if you lose 4% of your starting body weight, then you win your money back, plus a split of the money left in the pool. It’s $35 to enter and starts next Monday, November 9th and runs until Sunday, December 6th. This can give you some extra accountability and motivation to lose weight this November. Here’s the Link for it: https://www.dietbet.com/games/73239/activity
12 – If not now, when? Really, there is never a bad time to start, but procrastinating is almost always a bad idea.
13 – Because Friday, November 13th (Friday the 13th) should not be as frightening to you as letting another year go by without improving on something you said you wanted to improve on.
14 – Instead of seeing less daylight as a bad thing, you can start to improve your sleeping habits by going to bed earlier. (Ok, maybe this one is directly talking to me).
15 – The average time for habits to take root is 66 days. If you start now, then by January 5th of next year, you will have started to ingrain healthy habits that can last for all of next year and beyond.
16 – The holiday season is the time of year when people gain weight that sticks with them for the rest of their lives. Research shows that the holidays add 1 to 2 pounds on a person, permanently.
So when you only gain a pound during the holidays, it sticks with you and over the course of a decade, that’s 10 extra pounds.
You can buck that trend, and actually improve during this holiday season. If you do so this year, then you’ll have a system you can use for future holiday seasons.
17 – Sweet potatoes taste delicious and now is the perfect month to start to incorporate them into your diet on a regular basis. Add some salt and cinnamon to them and you should be good to go.
18 – It’s the beginning of soup season. Here’s a simple recipe for a healthy and filling soup.
19 – You can try new recipes. Cauliflower mashed “potatoes” are one of my favorites.
20 – November is the quiet before the storm month. Most people’s schedules are not overly crowded with holiday parties or holiday shopping and therefore affords you the extra time to start food prepping. Cooking extra food twice per week can be done on Sundays and Thursday nights and gives you food for Monday, Tues Wednesday and healthy food options when most people’s schedules get off track, aka, the weekend.
21 – November is Movember and highlights sticking to one thing for a good cause. Take that lesson and incorporate that into your own life. Stick to one healthy habit and make it your own.
22 – Instead of Netflix binging, you can binge on some quality reading. Two Kenyans won the Men and Woman’s NYC marathon – learn why they have some advantages over others by reading The Sports Gene by David Epstein.
23 – November is my experimentation month. This is the month when I try different workout systems or ones that I haven’t tried before. You can do the same by signing up for the 6-Week “Creator’s Course.” This class is limited to 4 people, and the first program just finished last Friday, Oct. 23rd.
All of the participants said they would take the class again and by the end of the 6 weeks, you leave with a workout program that you’ve created, a kettlebell and foam roller. Beyond that, you also leave with better health and hotness.
The class will start Monday, November 9th, will cost $449 for 18 classes that will meet 3 times per week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at either 5:45 am, 6 am or 6:15 am. If interested, please email me with a preference for the time slot.
24 – You can plan your goals for next year now. The end of the year and the holiday season is already packed with things to do and so getting a head start on your goals for 2016 becomes crammed with little forethought or planning. Change that this year, by having time to plan and to start to work on your goals this November.
25 – I will be holding a 45 minute talk on “How to Survive the Holidays” talking about specific strategies and systems to help you see improvements during the holidays on Sunday, November 15th from 12 to 12:45 pm.
26 – My favorite “Cheers” is “Happy New Years!” The reason why, is because technically, it’s someone’s birthday and to them, it’s a “New Year.” But really, what it’s highlighting to me, is that on any given day that you choose, you can move your life in a new direction. It can be a random day in November or it can be the clichéd, New Year’s resolution, but no matter the actual day, all it takes is a decision to be better and make it happen.
As such, you can choose to start anew and be better this November.
26.2 – Just because…