As much as I love the holiday season, it’s the worst when it comes to keeping up with your health and fitness goals. Why it is that we all just nonstop eat from October 31st all the way into the new year? We have Halloween where I admit, I ate WAY too much chocolate (in my defense, it’s because we literally got maybe five trick-or-treaters all night. So we had a ton left over). Then we had Thanksgiving yesterday which is THE eating holiday of the year. And now we’re heading into the Christmas season where we’re drinking way too many holiday drinks at Starbucks and snacking on all the delicious holiday treats our families are making us. It’s never-ending.
Then we all enter the new year with the goal to get back in shape which, let’s all be honest, how many of you actually stick to this? Unless you already work out consistently, I’m guessing this resolution maybe lasts a month or two. Don’t feel bad. We’ve all done it. This year, I plan to keep off that extra holiday weight and keep myself in shape and looking good. So here’s how I plan to do it:
Don’t drink your calories.
Yes, this means you probably shouldn’t be having a Starbucks holiday drink on a daily basis. As delicious as they are, there’s just so many sweeteners in them. They’re literally just sugar and caffeine. Amazingly delicious and addictive, but try to limit the number of drinks you’re purchasing each day as well as throughout the week. I’ve gotten myself down to 2-3 of them a week and I now only order them in grande size rather than venti. So that’s a start. Instead, be sure to drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated.
Keep up your work outs.
This is super important. You must keep your work out schedule running smoothly and consistently. Or, if you don’t already work out, then this is the perfect time to start! Find a gym in your area, get a membership, and start making it a priority each week. If you don’t have the money for a membership, then check out YouTube for some awesome at-home work outs you can do in your spare time. It doesn’t have to be every day and it doesn’t have to be an intense workout, especial if you’re not already in the habit of doing it. Start off slow if needed. Even just getting up and moving helps a ton! So take your dog for a walk or go for a jog in the morning. As long as you’re up and moving, you’re making an effort!
Find your motivation.
It can be super challenging to find the motivation to work out and eat healthy this time of year. Especially when these aren’t already habits of yours. If you’re having a hard time motivating yourself to go to the gym, then check out this handy post right here. For me, my biggest motivator is having a body I’m proud of. And man have I worked hard for that this past year. Whatever your motivation may be or how you get yourself to the gym, find what works for you and do it!
Chose a workout buddy.
Having a work out buddy helped me so much when I first started working out. It made it more fun to go so rather than dreading it, I looked forward to it. Plus I had someone else telling me to get off my butt rather than having to motivate myself to do it. Then once it became a habit of mine, I was easily able to get myself to go without needing a friend to go with me. Now, I actually prefer to work out on my own so that I have the focus I need to have a good work out.
Eat at home.
This saves SO much money in addition to being better for you. By eating at home, you’re better able to control how much you’re eating and what it is that you’re eating. I have this horrible habit of just grabbing something to eat when I’m out running errands and it’s typically not the best food choices. Unless I end up at Panera. Panera is always a good option, if you ask me. But if you eat before leaving the house, then you’re less likely to eat a lot while you’re out.
Set realistic goals.
If you’ve never worked out a day in your life, then it may be a bit much to set a goal to work out 5 days a week. Is it impossible? Of course not! But don’t set yourself up to fail either. Allow yourself to ease into it. Also take into account how busy your schedule may be during the holiday season. I tend to slow down slightly when it comes to my workouts this time of year because I’m just so busy with the blog. I take on a ton of extra work this time of year. So even though I still try to hit the gym 5 days a week like usual, I’m perfectly okay with settling for 3 days due to my crazy schedule. This is a much more realistic goal. So try to set smaller goals that are attainable, but will still help you reach your overall goal!
Get plenty of sleep.
Sleep is so crucial! I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but my sleep schedule just goes out the window some weeks. Maybe it’s all the caffeine I’m drinking from Starbucks holiday drinks or maybe it’s the insane workload I tend to take on for the blog on top of my graduate courses. I’m not sure. But I always have to try a bit harder this time of year to get a full 8+ hours of sleep each night. And, being pregnant, I happen to be tired all the time now so it’s easier to allow myself to sleep in when needed. If I’m well-rested, then I’m better able to tackle my to do lists and stay on top of everything throughout the day.
Indulge every once in a while.
Yup. I said it. Have a treat every once in a while. You really don’t have to say ‘no’ to every treat that comes your way. It’s the holidays! It’s the time to eat! Just be sure to have some self-control and limit the amount of junk you’re eating. Don’t make it an everyday occurrence and you should be good!
How do you plan to stay fit throughout the holiday season?