Well you guys… its here… (or I guess its been here since Halloween) but it’s officially Holiday season! Thanksgiving is next week, and then you’ll blink and there goes Christmas and New Years! They come and go so quickly that before you know it you’ve skipped 2 weeks of workouts and you’ve eaten so much dang pumpkin pie you can’t even face stepping on the scale.
Lets pause for a second and talk about planning around your goals, shall we? If you are trying to be super strict and lose a significant amount of weight- then your holiday planning will look different than someone who is trying to maintain their weight. Its all relative to what your goals are. The Holidays are notorious for super large portions, fatty foods and tons of sweets. I’ve heard (and personally used) so many excuses for skipping workouts and eating too much over the holidays.. but I’m here to give you a couple tips/tricks for not going completelyyyyy overboard this season.
- Come up with a game plan! Pick certain foods that you KNOW you want to indulge in, and then scale back on some of the other side dishes. If your mom makes a killer apple pie that you just cant skip- then DONT! But maybe don’t load up your plate with the sweet potato casserole that’s loaded with butter and marshmallows.
- Keep up with your workouts! Plan out your workouts for each day and find a friend or family member to join you to keep you accountable…You don’t need to sweat for hours each day, but get up and move your body! You can go on a long walk, do a 30 minute interval workout, or hit the gym for an hour. Waking up and getting your sweat on will help set you up for making better decisions later in the day!
- If your goals require you to be much stricter with what your eating– then make some of the food yourself! That way you have no excuse to say “well I had no other choices..” Yes you do.. you ALWAYS have other choices, and if you need to make your own green bean dish to stay on track.. do it. Which leads me to..
- Get ready to explain yourself to family members. I’ve gotten this from a lot of friends who say they feel badly if they aren’t eating what their family makes. Family will always ask why you aren’t eating something, or why you brought your own food. Just come up with an answer ahead of time and explain to them what your goals are and what you’re trying to accomplish. Most people will totally understand and be proud of you, but there’s always going to be that Aunt Dianne who tries to shove cookies down your mouth.
- Enjoy yourself! The holidays are such a special time to spend with your loved ones, don’t trade memories for stress about eating. Stick with your plan and you’ll be successful, and enjoy yourself too!
Have a great holiday season and check back next week for some free holiday workouts!