A Few Tips To Stay On Track During The Holidays

A Few Tips To Stay On Track During The Holidays

By Coach Debbie Leonti

Can you believe it is already the middle of NOVEMBER? Time is flying by and pretty soon we will be approaching a new year! With a new year brings a “NEW YOU.” We set goals for ourselves and sometimes get carried away with setting such high expectations of ourselves even if we know that these things are unattainable from the start. Now, I am not saying to not set goals, but start with some realistic, short term goals to keep you motivated going into the new year.

With that being said, attack the holidays this year with some helpful tips to help stay on track toward reaching those fitness goals you set for yourself for that “NEW YOU.” So many times I have heard from clients, “I am going well off the deep end for the holidays, I don’t know how I will stay on track with all of the parties… the food and alcohol is everywhere!” Yes, the temptations are much higher around the holidays and I understand that! This does NOT mean that you have to go well off the deep end! Learn to survive and balance throughout the holiday season with some of these thoughts:

1. Plan ahead! Not all of your meals throughout the day have to be “terrible” because you are going out later that night. Prep some healthy meals for the day to get your nutrients in so that you are not completely starving by the time you get to your later meal. 2. Stay hydrated. Alcohol will be more readily available and tempting to indulge in. Drink as much water throughout the day as possible as well as the day after. Staying up with water intake helps with that hangover too. (Not that I am encouraging it!) 3. Practice sensible eating. Try and SIT at a table while you are eating, enjoy your company and conversations with your family and loved ones. You don’t necessarily have to stuff your face to the point of wanting to throw up in order to enjoy your holiday. 4. Don’t deprive. You don’t want to be miserable and turn down everything. Enjoy the meals, enjoy the desserts, but understand balance. Make yourself a plate of food or dessert and walk away from the rest. 5. Move around!! This is so important! Try and promise yourself to make it to those class WODS a few times during the week of the holidays. Spend a little extra time walking the puppy or playing outside with siblings, cousins, loved ones. The more active you are, the less likely you will be tempted to overindulge in other things.

By no means am I trying to preach or make you feel miserable about splurging on things you love! I am just trying to help lessen the burden or stress of “falling off” and having a difficult time hitting that reset button. You don’t have to start from scratch at the start of the new year. You CAN have your cake and eat it too; just try and make a game plan to do so! Hope this helps you in your prep for the holidays!