This is one of those topics that I feel that so many people struggle with. I know that my clients have, and I know that many of us do. How do we possibly stay in check during all these holiday parties? ....and cookies.....and grandmas cake .... and visiting family with no gym?
I know it's hard, and I know that no one understands your dedication to your goals especially during the holidays. They will think you are silly and tell you that no one can be on a "diet" during the holidays when you just wanna explain to them that you are just trying your best not to gain 10 extra pounds to start the new year. I wrote a post last week about spending time with family and not worrying about diet and exercise. I totally believe in that, however I think there is a fine line. Like I say, there is no reason to get out of control. I just know that there is two opposite ends of the spectrum.
Now, onto my tips:
1. DON'T BE AFRAID TO SAY NO SOMETIMES.
I know that we feel that if someone made something, we have to say yes. However, I think that everyone is nice enough to realize that if your Aunt Sue just made you homemade desserts then grandma should understand you aren't quite hungry for ham and green bean casserole. Just explain to them that you simply aren't hungry if you aren't. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
2. MAKE SURE TO EXERCISE IN SOME WAY!
Even if you are just going for a walk with your mom, just try to move a little. It's not that you are trying to burn off all these crazy calories because that's impossible and futile, however you just want to not be a bump on a log for a week.
3. EAT LOWER CARB/FAT THE REST OF THE DAY.
I'm not saying to deprive yourself so that you end up binging at your family events. But just maybe have some egg whites or protein shakes earlier in the day so that you have a lot more wiggle room to enjoy yourself.
4. DON'T LET ONE CHRISTMAS DAY TURN INTO A WEEK LONG HIATUS.
There is no reason that if you "mess up" that you can't jump right back into your health. Don't let this one day allow you to slip into weeks of being crazy (there aren't THAT many parties) and then starting the New Year 10-20lbs heavier.
5. FOCUS ON YOUR GOALS AHEAD
Don't stress when you can't do your normal routine. Again, it's one week. The best part about it is that Christmas is followed by New Years which means extra super duper motivation to make 2015 the best. So instead of wallowing in your Christmas indulgence sorrows, write out goals of what you plan to accomplish in the New Year.
6. DRINK LOTS OF WATER
This is going to make you more full, so I actually drink less and just stop when I'm full. However, I think that it can help a lot of people who may struggle with overeating because if your belly is full on water, then it will almost make you feel sick to get crazy.
7. PRACTICE SELF CONTROL & SELF AWARENESS.
I preach this a lot but the main goal that I want for everyone is realizing that before all of this macro talk began, people just listened to themselves. Think about children. They don't gorge. We condition ourselves to do this overstuffing thing. You were created with a little indicator that you are hungry so your little tummy rumbles and then you feed it and then you stop. When I was discovering all these things for myself, it was NOT easy and I'm not saying it is. You have to consciously think about it, but just make an effort to do just that!
8. DON'T THINK THAT YOU CAN'T SUCCEED IN YOUR FITNESS GOALS.
I feel I have gotten quite a few emails this week of those that believe that fitness just isn't for them and that this healthy lifestyle is just too hard. ITS THE HOLIDAYS! You can't base how your fitness life is gonna go during this time of year. It's unfortunately unrealistic. There are WAYYYY too many temptations that aren't usually there. So, don't be discouraged. The new year will be here soon!!
Lastly, I want to encourage everyone to commit to 2015 to building up your calories. I have never ever ever felt so at peace with the holidays as I do this year. I know that I'm not going to get off track at all because my body can handle it. My metabolism can handle it. I took care of myself this year and in return, my body is going to take care of me. So, let's commit together to getting through the holidays and starting fresh in 2015 with awesome new goals!!!
With love and holidays,