First off, you are NOT sentenced or destined to gain weight over the holidays so stop telling yourself that its normal.
How many times have you said to yourself, “oh, its December, probably going to put on 10lbs but ill start fresh in Jan”?? That is a story you are telling yourself to make the weight gain and lack of accountability to your health seem ok…..and its not ok.
Did you know that on average people gain 5-10lbs every year around the Holidays!!? Think about what that can add up to over the years…..ya, a lot. This time of year is supposed to be joyous and filled with love, family time and lots of gatherings but it doesn’t mean stop caring about yourself.
I love sharing the little tips that will help you make BIG differences so this post is to inspire and motivate you to keep your health, wellness and fitness at the forefront during the Christmas season!
Here are my top 5 pieces of advice to stay on track without making yourself miserable and deprived:
- Have a plan. Whatever that plan looks like is up to you but go into things with some guidelines, intentions and know what you want to accomplish! If its a Christmas party, have a few drinks instead of 10. Avoid the unhealthy carbs at dinner to save room for some desert. Choose the smallest plate to eat off of instead of the biggest. Going into it and just “winging it” never works, so set a plan that will allow you to still enjoy things without overdoing it and ending with regret because you ate way more than you needed to.
- Set a “minimum”. You are going to have days where you know you are going to be super busy from start to finish. You may already be tired and know that your usual workout is going to be extra hard to get in, you haven’t done any food prep and your co workers are all planning to go for some drinks after work and you know you will be dragged along. Instead of saying “screw it, todays a write off” set a minimum you can accomplish on those kind of days. Maybe its a 15min walk at lunch, 5 mins of stretching, making sure you drink 2-3L of water, or getting in at least 1-2 fruits and veggies instead of getting it in every meal. Something is always better than nothing so instead of totally letting go and falling off the wagon for the day, just do something small that you know will still help you go in the right direction. Its the little things that add up so even if your day isn’t perfect doesn’t mean its ruined.
- Learn to say no. This can be extra hard this time of year with all the extra gatherings and food going around but that doesn’t mean you HAVE to eat it. Just because someone baked it or bought it doesn’t mean you have to take your share. Learn to feel empowered in saying no and making a healthy and positive choice for your body. No one should really care if you eat that cookie or not and if they do, well they are probably just jealous that they don’t have the same self control. You could even take some home and eat it another day if you really can’t say no in the moment but never feel pressured to eat something you don’t want to.
- Fill your house with good, nutritious food. If your fridge is stocked with healthy food you will eat healthy food, if its filled with junk and treats…well you will eat junk and treats, its that simple. Take control and set yourself up for success. Don’t bring in the foods you know you don’t have control over so that they can sit there, tempt you, win and have you eat it all. There is enough unhealthy food temptations out there in world, don’t let them be in your house too.
- Stay moving. Schedule in those workouts, yoga classes, group training or however you like to move. Set them in your agenda weekly and not just in your head, on paper, like an important appointment! The more you move, the more you want to eat well, the better you eat, the better you feel, the better you feel the better you sleep, the better your results. A good workout creates an amazing ripple effect so keep it a priority. Your body mind and soul will thank you.
I hope you call take something from that that will help you be a little more aware and healthy this holiday season! Im always here full of ideas and love to help so please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Peace, Love & SimplyB