We’re coming up on a time of year that mamas on a weight loss journey dread. These mamas that are working really hard to lose that extra unwanted post baby weight get anxious about Christmas and holiday time because they believe it’s going to set them back. Staying fit through Christmas shouldn’t cause anxiety!
The anxiety is so real, in fact that starting in October, a lot of mamas will take “time off” of trying to lose weight and say they will pick back up in January after the holidays end and try again.
To which I say… DON’T DO IT!
What if I told you that you can still enjoy the holidays and still work towards your fitness goals and not just completely take a swan dive off of the deep end?
It’s interesting because we often have this mentality in regards to weight loss and reaching fitness goals that it is an all or nothing and that we have to go extreme to make any sort of progress.
We want results quick and now, right?
Which is understandable. But here’s the deal….
Christmas and Thanksgiving are going to come around every single year, no matter what. As the yearly circle of events happens, those two are always going to be on the list to top off our year and get us ready for the next year.
Because of this, it’s how we handle these times of the year during our weight loss journeys that we can really set ourselves up for success long term and as a lifestyle.
When you’re at a party and there is good food and wine or champagne and it’s cold outside so you want to cozy up with the food…
How is staying fit through Christmas possible?
Do you deprive yourself? Punish yourself in the gym the next day? How in the name of tinsel do we stay on track through the holidays?
If you’ve been around for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan and advocate of going with small steps every single day. Because those steps are the ones that teach us a lifestyle and will ultimately lead up to big results.
Taking one day at a time, one step at a time.
Let’s dive in.
Staying fit through Christmas step #1 – have a plan of attack as you go into this time of year
Again, I know this might sound like a “duh” moment because you’ve heard me talk about planning your workouts before, but it’s even more important during the busiest times of year. Remember to work with the schedule.
I know for me when planning things it’s easiest to write them down where I can see it.
I’m a very visual person. It might help to grab a planner that isn’t very expensive where you can write down all of your social events, work schedule, etc. and see where workouts will fit into that crazy busy schedule. Remember, don’t stress, this is to ease the stress.
My favorite planner is Bloom Daily Planners. They’re super cute, not expensive and it has plenty of space to put all of your events.
However, sometimes there can be a difference between planning your workouts and actually going to the gym and doing those workouts.
This goes way deeper than a planner. This goes down into why you’re doing what you’re doing and why you’re wanting to get in shape.
Because, I totally get it. When it’s cold outside and you have to make the trip to the gym to get a workout in and you are wearing a coat and maybe even a hat, it’s hard to get out and get to the gym.
Believe me, I get that and I live in the south where it doesn’t even get that cold!
Dig deep on this one, mama.
Staying Fit Through Christmas #2 – Having a snack Before Parties
Wait. What?? Hear me out on this one.
During the winter time, we tend to have what’s called ‘winter blues’ and because of that, there is a tendency to comfort eat and even over eat, especially if there is rich food that we don’t often eat throughout the year.
By having a snack before going to any of your Christmas parties or Thanksgiving dinner, it will give your body a chance to realize that they, you’re not actually starving ? and your mind will be in a great place to allow yourself some good food, but the tendency to overeat really won’t be there anymore.
If you think this is dumb idea, riddle me this….
How many times have you gone to the grocery store hungry and you end up spending more money than planned because you’re hungry and everything looked really good?
See? There ya go.
Staying fit through Christmas Tip #3 – Don’t stress
Above all, and I can’t say this enough, enjoy the holidays.
Find a balance in your eating, workouts, and your commitments. Learn to lighten up and enjoy everything that the holidays have to offer. If you “mess up”, just move on and try again the next day. While we don’t want to fall completely off the wagon during the holidays, we also need to remember that the holidays are so much more than counting calories.
Don’t be the girl at the Christmas party in the corner counting her almonds.
Just don’t do it.
We’re making small steps and decisions every single day that are going to lead to big results.
This time of year is meant to be enjoyed and often times as consumers we’re bombarded with “eat this not that!” or “make sure you do this workout through the holidays!”
Stop the madness
Not because you hate your body, but because you are learning everyday to fall in love with your body.
Christmas and Thanksgiving will come every single year, and knowing how to tackle the time of year where overeating runs rampant, you will be armed with knowing how to enjoy the food and not feeling guilty about it later.
You’re going to be able to enjoy your glass of wine and not feel like you have to punish yourself in the gym later.
Above all? You’re learning freedom from a life of restrictions and insane workouts that are often thought to go hand in hand with weight loss.
So! Here’s to you, and here’s to a wonderful holiday season filled with joy, laughter, good food and drink, and yep, a good workout or two.