With so many seasonal splurge opportunities (splurgotunities?) bearing down on us, it’s sometimes tempting to give up and start fresh in the new year. I’m not judging, but as plans go, that’s not really a good one. We need the fuel provided by good nutrition and the healthy benefits of exercise, especially during a potentially stressful season. Perhaps now is a good time to focus on the A-B-C fundamentals of first aid, as vaguely remembered from my Girl Scout training years ago and converted to these purposes:
First Aid for Fitness
(not to be confused with actual medical advice)
A is for Airway, as in Open the Airway
Breathing is important! Critical, some would say. When the seasonal madness and stresses attack, sitting/standing a little straighter and taking time for a few cleansing breaths will help restore sanity and focus. Clear your mind with thoughts of buying presents and strive for being present.
B is for Bleeding, as in Stop the Bleeding
A little oozing isn’t
life- plan-threatening, but if your plan is spurting or flowing like a river, take immediate steps to get the bleeding under control. This requires putting direct pressure on the problem area. Struggling to stop at “just a sliver” or “only one bite”? Choose to abstain for a bit while you regroup. Missing exercise because you’re just too busy? Put it on your calendar or set an alarm reminder. Even if you have to break it into segments of 10 minutes or so, you can still achieve your target.
The point is to do something to stop the slide and regain your balance. Once the bleeding has slowed or stopped, you can evaluate again to see if a lighter “bandage” will do.
C is for Circulation, as in You Need This
Ineffective blood circulation can lead to shock (pants don’t button!) or worse (Death of Plan). To me, nothing improves circulation more than fresh air and movement. Even simple things like stretching or taking a quick stroll around the block clear my mind and restore my energy.
This is not the greatest analogy in the world (it’s Monday, for crying out loud), but I hope it serves as a helpful reference for staying in control or regaining your momentum during this “dangerous” (but delicious!) holiday season.
On a side note: Now that we’re two weeks past Thanksgiving, I’ve managed to make my cranberry sauce. Prepare-to-Drool Alert!
I had planned to use a reduced-sugar version of the fairly standard cranberry sauce recipe, but at the last minute I remembered I had some NuNaturals Orange Stevia and decided to experiment. Here’s what I ended up with:
- 1 12-oz. pkg. fresh cranberries
- 1 cup of water
- 6 droppers of orange-flavored stevia
Pause for taste test. Heavy on the orange, light on the sweetness needed to offset the tart cranberries. I added
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 splash of vanilla
New taste test. Mmmmmm, nice! Still orange-y, but good. I will definitely cut back on or eliminate the orange stevia in the future, but I can’t wait to try it on my turkey sandwich today . Hurry up, lunchtime!
Happy Monday, everyone!