As we all know Christmas is hurtling towards us once more, and there’s all those parties, all those drinks and christmas cakes and glasses of celebratory wine and champagne. So how do you not just survive the festive season, but breeze through with your health, waistline and laughter intact?
Here are some of my tips:
1. Throw out the all-or -nothing mentality. Moderation is the key.
Moderation is the key to happiness, and health during the festivities. Yes, have a glass of wine, yes have a tiny slice of cake, yes eat whatever you want on Christmas day. Also, maintain your regular exercise schedule, yes, add in family activities like cricket, beach walks or playing with the dogs, and yes, remember to smile.
It’s not very fun for you or your friends and family if you’re feeling deprived through the holidays, so don’t deprive yourself. Have a little, and then stop. Keep up your exercise and you will be able to maintain your current weight through the holidays. If you’re really active you could even slim down!
2. Drink water
Drinking water is the best advice I can give. When I’m at a party and have decided not to drink, I like to have lime and soda in a large wine glass. That way you still feel festive, no-one asks why you’re not drinking and you can stay blissfully sober when everyone else is getting tipsy. Also good for alternating with wine on other nights, to keep hydrated. Keep up your daily intake when you’re on holidays by carrying a large bottle around and ensuring to drink it all through the day. This is especially important in the Australian summer heat.
3. Add in fun activities with friends
There are loads of fun activities to do during summer, try out cricket or soccer with your friends, or get down to the beach and battle the surf or swim a few laps in a pool. The more fun outdoor activities you can get in you’re burning fat and keeping fit and healthy and having fun! (Remember your sunscreen too!)
4. Keep the Christmas sweet shopping to a minimum.
Leave the extra chocolates and cakes out of the shopping basket. There will be plenty around anyway, so keep your shopping basket full of lean meats, veggies and delicious summer fruits.
5. Ask for fitness related Christmas pressies
There are some amazing new fitness gadgets, toys and funky clothes to make you feel like a fitness princess. Ask your friends to get you something that will support your new healthy lifestyle. I’m loving Nike+ that syncs up with your ipod to tell you how far you’ve run, and resistance bands to keep up your weight training when travelling or outdoors.
6. Stay focused on your long term goal.
It’s easy to say no to some tempting short term pleasure when you have a big long term goal that you’re excited about and committed to. Keep focussed on your health goals through christmas and you won’t need to make any New Years resolutions.
7. Utilise hypnosis to maintain a positive attitude under stress
Hypnosis is a great tool for maintaining calm and positive attitude. It is very useful to help with sleeping while travelling too. Get the Kickstart Program for 4 awesome health hypnosis sessions.
8. Coach yourself out of a negative attitude
Let’s face it, Christmas and the logistics of organising relatives and long hours in the car can be stressful sometimes. If you get into a negative mindset, don’t make it worse by beating yourself up about it, accept that that’s how you feel right now, and take yourself off to a quiet place for a moment of solitude. (I like going to the bathroom) Once you have accepted that you’re a bit irritated or upset, ask yourself: Do I have permission to feel this? Do I have permission to let it go? If you don’t; just give yourself permission for both in your mind. Then ask, What can I learn from this? What can I be grateful for about this moment? What can I be grateful for about this day?
9. Skip the small talk.
When talking with someone you hardly know, skip the small talk and avoid questions like: “So, what do you do?”, ask people interesting questions and you’ll get interesting answers. Some of my favourite opening questions are: “So, what are you most passionate about?”, “What do you love most about your life?” Interesting conversation opens up your relationships and makes your days more meaningful and enjoyable.
10. Relax and be grateful for what you have
Take a moment at each party to really celebrate whatever you’re celebrating. If it’s been a great year or a tough year, you got through it, and that deserves celebrating with friends and loved ones. Think about what you’ve learnt, what you’ve gained and what you’ve become and appreciate that you’re another year further along your own journey. Relax and enjoy your time off, have some fun, eat well, eat healthy and move your body, laugh and relax with your closest friends and family.
“Having ongoing training is essential for our team and our business. It’s important to look after the people that look after others. Kylie has the experience, professionalism and knowledge to engage with our team and help them understand about human behaviour and why people do what they do. In the wellness and health industry it’s a different sales and service delivery and it’s imperative to keep on top of these understandings to perform at our best to help others. We couldn’t recommend Kylie high enough.”
“I have worked with Kylie over many years. She has helped me as a Business Mindset Coach, as a motivational speaker for my gym clients at both Vision Personal Training & now at Flow Athletic. I bring her in to train my Personal Training teams in mindset, communication and how to coach our clients better and excel in our own personal mastery as fitness leaders. At my recent Fitness Business event, my gym owner colleagues were blown away by her talk, saying she is the best speaker they have ever seen. After every event we always get rave reviews about her talks and training. I highly recommend Kylie’s work as a coach & speaker.”
“I finished the Spiritual Awakening Course yesterday and I found it truly amazing. An incredible next step after our coach training. I feel so much more enlightened and “opened-up”. It has really opened my eyes to the power of the universe and the energy flowing in each of us. I loved it – thank you.
I am feeling so lucky at the moment. So many things are just falling into my lap. I visualise it and set my intention to manifest it and it comes. Things such as getting more clients, needing help to put my business online, not knowing how to get known in my local community etc. Courses / insights / clients have just fallen into my lap at the right time.”
Of course I am still learning and growing, but the course has really helped. Thank you”
“Before I met Kylie I was feeling very lost working full time in law in Sydney CBD. I’ve known my whole life that I was here to help people, but I just didn’t know exactly how. So when I found Kylie, it just was really fitting that it was going to help me ground my magic. I started the coach training and had an amazing time. It was beautiful to go through the process of having a mentor that had that spiritual element and that holistic element, as well as the very grounded science-based knowledge as well. So that really helped me to conjure that for myself.
I started my business before I even finished the course. I just started putting myself out there. And now I’ve gotten it to a point where I’ve got really grounded solid message, and two years later am running a multi-6 figure coaching business as a leading pioneer in my niche, helping clients all over the world.”
“Before I signed up with Kylie I had a busy PT business… I was exhausted and on the brink of burnout and no matter how hard I tried, I had reached a ceiling in my income that I just couldn’t break through. After completing my NLP Coaching certification, I found my true voice and the energy of my business has been completely transformed. I’ve created an online program, up-levelled my entire business and totally smashed my previous income goals. I make decisions more confidently and I can help my clients create change in their life even faster. On a personal level, NLP gave me the inner strength to leave a toxic situation and rebuild myself which lead to me discovering the love of my life! Today I am living the life that I’ve always wanted – but just hadn’t been able to put into words. I have never been this happy or this powerful. If you want to manifest the life of your dreams I would not hesitate to reach out for help from Kylie.”
Before attaining my NLP Coach certification, I was an online trainer who was getting excellent results for “some” of my clients. I used a mixture of experience, intuition and an exhausting “helicopter-parent” style of accountability coaching. It was like the 20% of the clients who weren’t getting good results took up 80% of my effort, and it was draining my passion for my business. Completing my Certification with Kylie has been the best decision of my career. The very next month after finishing I created a new program and made $30,000 in new sales. I now have a repeatable system to coach my clients and I can get them both immediate AND long-lasting change, sometimes in less than 40 minutes. In the past 12 months, I have doubled my freedom and fulfilment in my business I have created raving clients who snap up my offers.”
I signed up with Kylie because I knew that to have a bigger effect as a PT I needed to improve my understanding of how the mind works. Through NLP Coach training I now have great coaching techniques that break through all sorts of negative behaviour patterns. I’ve noticed big improvements in all areas of my life including my own personal finances and my client retention. This has allowed me new freedom to work on scaling my business and helping even more people with less one on one time from myself. The coach training has given me the ability to fully unlock the power of your mindset and those that don’t have this skill are only tapping into a small amount of their potential.
This morning I had a kick-ass coaching session with Kylie Ryan. We’ve been working together for a couple of months, and she’s the perfect person to help me integrate the rapid transformations I go through regularly. I’d been getting this vision of my fully mature creative and entrepreneurial self. His discipline, commitment, and command of wealth was 10x what mine is now, but it wasn’t really about money for him. Our coaching sessions usually roll with me saying, “Kylie, I want to be, do, and have EVERYTHING” and Kylie helping me find the archetypes and parts that aren’t integrated and bringing them together. MAGICK HAPPENS EVERY TIME.