Crunchy leaves, crispy air, pumpkin everything… Before you know it, we’ll be eating turkey then Christmas parties every weekend. Christmas is followed by snap judgements at New Years of “OMG I’m only going to eat grilled chicken and kale every meal all year and I’m going to the gym every single day for 2 hours.” Which is then promptly forgotten on January 3rd. How about we all make a promise to ourselves that we aren’t going to make such decisions because we’re going to enjoy our holidays and continue on with our lives as normal. Stop counting calories. Stop Stressing. Make smart choices. How? Well I’m glad you asked, let’s talk about it.
So! How do we enjoy the holidays without turning into gluttons? 3 Steps. I love steps, don’t you? It feels like progress as we work our way forward.
Have a Snack Before You go to the Parties
Yep. I said it. Have a small healthy snack before you head to your parties, or if it’s Thanksgiving day, be sure to eat breakfast (and a small lunch if your big meal isn’t until late afternoon/dinner time). Why would you ever do such a thing? Because I’m not telling you to eat until you’re full before you ever go to your get together. I’m saying ‘coat’ your stomach with a bit of food because that will help you not feel famished which can lead to over eating. You will be satisfied quicker and not feeling guilty later about over eating.
While this on doesn’t sound like very much fun, it really has helped me. I will drink a quick protein shake before I go, and to be honest, I actually end up enjoying my food at the parties much more because instead of overfilling my plate because I’m starving, I put on my plate things that actually sound good.
Think that’s a dumb idea? Riddle me this.. How many times have you gone to the grocery store hungry and you end up spending way more money than planned because you’re hungry and everything looked good? Okay then, I rest my case.
Plan Your Workouts
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 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.
Are you wanting to lose weight? How about working on your physical appearance because you’re wanting to advance your career?
Whatever your reasoning is, you need to dig deep and figure out why you’re doing what you’re doing.
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.
Remember, what I said at the beginning where new years tends to be a time of year where people make snap decisions about “lifestyle” changes and they then can’t keep their commitment for more than a few days? Yep, that’s what we’re trying to avoid.
My final tips tie into the “Don’t Stress” point made above. A healthy lifestyle is not about trying to stay on some crazy diet all the time where you only eat grilled chicken and raw kale with no seasoning and you workout 12 days a week. No, ma’am.
In my humble opinion, a healthy lifestyle is about balance, making good food choices, and good balanced workouts.
Don’t wait for New Years and don’t try to change everything all at once. Make the choice right now to start making better food choices and being more active. Small steps! You can do this.
So! There’s that, I hope this helped ease your mind and maybe gave you some permission to lighten up a little!
Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and the Happiest of Holidays to you, my sweet friend.
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