I know I know, I have been posting about the holidays like a crazy person, but what can I say I am getting excited! Also with the holidays coming to town I think it is important to take a step back and realize that there may be some slip ups during this season. The meals you had been so diligently planning, the healthy choices you had been making, and the time you had been putting into hitting up the gym or heading outside for a run might all slip just a bit and that is okay.
I personally feel that during this time of year it is important to focus on some smaller things and just to remember to be honest with yourself.
Some tips that are helping me to plan for the holiday season are:
- There are no get out of jail free cards – Don’t allow the holidays to completely derail all of your hard work and progress. Sure there are delicious things like appetizers, cookies, stuffing, eggnog, mash potatoes and gravy surrounding you at every corner so when you are sampling the goods remember all the hard work you have put in, are putting in, and will have to put in after this.
- Don’t deprive yourself – If you are anything like me there are specific holiday treats that you wait for ALL YEAR LONG so don’t deprive yourself, but be conscious of your choices. Definitely have some shortbread cookies if that is your thing, but do your best to make responsible choices for yourself and for your goals, which leads us into my next tip…
- Make smart choices – choose your indulgences. It is sometimes hard not to get completely caught up in the spirit of the holidays and want to overdo it, with drink, food and lack of resting, so do your best to pick out what is really important to you, stay focused and remember to sleep.
- Make a plan – this helps to tie everything up. If you have a plan you will be more likely to stay on track even with all the glorious holiday food scents wafting towards your nose. Before the holiday season is in full swing pick what you want your largest indulgences to be and try and steer clear of the other things that as important to you.
- Focus on the smaller things – eating at your parents, in-laws or other relatives might be a bit more challenging so remember to focus on the things you can have a handle on. Remember to drink LOTS of water (2-3 liters a day), load your plate up with salad and veggies (sauce free ones), and reduce the amount of appetizers you snack on pre-supper.
- Keep Moving – don’t stop moving just because it is the holiday season. Your gym might be closed but that doesn’t mean you can’t kick it into gear Christmas morning with a quick body weight workout or a nice winter wonderland run around your neighborhood. If you can include the family your activity will be that much more fun, hit up an outdoor skating rink, go tobogganing, go on a family walk, do your best to make this holiday season an active one.
- Don’t be so hard on yourself – when all else fails remember that at least you put in an effort, remember all the work you put in is for you and just try and do the best by your own standards.
I hope these tips help you stay on track to meet your personal goals this holiday season.
Do you have any tips and tricks to keep things healthy during the holidays?
Happy Humpday Everyone.