The holiday season is officially here. With all the family time, decorations and time off also comes a lot of food. And if you clicked on this blog post, then ALSO some degree of weight gain fears. That’s okay. We’re human. I’m with you.
Here are the #tips that I ‘m using this holiday season:
#1. Don’t skip the gym. This is different for everyone, but at this time in my life I am only able to go to the gym or workout at home 3-4 times per week. For you, it might be 1-2 times, 3-5 times or 6 times. Prioritize your workouts. I say this not only because it will allow you to actually benefit from the extra food/fuel, but also because you tend to feel better physically, mentally and emotionally when you follow through with your fitness goals.
#2. If you can’t make it to the gym, do something. On Thanksgiving day and on Christmas Eve, I still try to get moving for at least a small part of the day. Whether it’s a quick 45 minute workout at the gym, an at-home circuit in the morning, or a 2 mile run before holiday preparation – DO IT. Swear you won’t regret it.
#3. Prepare to over indulge. Okay, so it’s Monday and Thanksgiving is Thursday. I’m the type of person that is going to enjoy a holiday meal to it’s (my) fullest. To the people who advise not going back for second’s and third’s – THANKS cause that just means there is more for me. With that being said, I DO try to prepare for that during the week. From Monday until Thursday morning, I’m going to eat healthy and avoid any extra treats. Get your protein in, eat your greens, include those carbs and honestly just eat like you give a crap.
#4. Don’t over indulge EVERY day. The day after Thanksgiving is not Thanksgiving. Get back on track right after. One day doesn’t ruin your progress but one week might.
#5. Experiment with low calorie/low sugar versions of your favorite treats. I really enjoy trying out different recipes that I find online and sometimes even creating my own. In the past I’ve done protein bark, low carb cheesecake, skinny pumpkin pie, protein cookies of all flavors, and so on. You guys can definitely expect me to start sharing lots of good treats! ❤
#6. Get your water in. It’s not as hot out, you’re probably not doing AS much, and you’re probably eating a little more than usual. You might neglect your water intake, but try not to.
#7. Commit to a stress free holiday season this year. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Stressing about missing a workout, cardio session, or eating a little too much of something will only increase cortisol levels – which is definitely a NO-go for weight maintenance and weight loss.
Thanks for reading! Happy Holidays,