By Kristi Romero
Surviving the holidays is possible and we are smack dab in the middle of the craziness of the Holiday Season.
Comfort foods, family recipes, eggnog, pumpkin and peppermint are welcomed with open arms. However, the extra holiday pounds that may tag along are probably not as welcomed.
How can you enjoy the rest of your holiday season complete with your favorite goodies without looking (and feeling) like you swallowed a giant marshmallow?
Even if you enjoyed Thanksgiving a bit too much, it’s in the past and we still have a few weeks left of December! Don’t wait for that repeated weight loss New Years Resolution beginning January 1st. Utilize these last few weeks of 2014 to embrace the lifestyle changes of creating a healthier YOU! Here are 5 tips for surviving the rest of December.
1. Surviving the holidays and being realistic
If your current goal is to lose body fat, are you really truly realistically going to lose weight during these next couple weeks?
Christmas, New Year’s Eve and all the holiday work parties and cookie exchanges in between, are you really going to stick to your fat loss routine? If you are able to avoid the temptation and stay 100% on track, do you even want to? Will you be happy doing this?
Maybe the answer is yes and maybe you will be part of the few who can drop pounds over the holidays, but for most of us, it may be more realistic to set a goal of maintaining your weight through the holidays (as this can be a challenge in itself) and returning to stricter efforts after.
2. Surviving the holidays and planning ahead
You’ve heard the phrase, “Failure to plan is planning to fail”, this holds true with maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well. Maintaining your weight during the holidays is possible if you have some healthy habits established and you plan out your week ahead.
You know Christmas is on Thursday, so make an extra effort to stay on track the rest of the week. If you have a big holiday party over the weekend, make sure you are on point the week leading up to it. Then, the next day, back at it with no regrets from the night before.
Enjoy your favorite treats, but plan for them. Choose to pass on the Christmas cookies at work so you can enjoy the homemade pie at your mothers this weekend.
Instead of sampling all the desserts at your work party, choose a few of your favorites to split with a friend. Their is no need to act like it is The Last Supper. Christmas will come again next year and there will be other opportunities for all those goodies and treats.
3. Surviving the holidays by staying active
Maybe you are traveling a bit over the holidays and it is more challenging to adhere to your normal gym schedule. Ok, do something else! Sign up for a winter fun run with your sister, grab the cousins for a game of football, take mom and dad on a walk, have a dance party with your nephews… it doesn’t matter if you are in a gym or not, stay moving!
4. Be mindful and enjoy your company
Holiday foods are great, but keep in mind the real importance of this time of year: enjoying the company of those around you. Let the presence and conversations of loved ones be your main focus. As you are chatting during dinner, savor the smells and tastes of the food you are consuming. Be present and aware of what you are putting into your body.
If you’ve waited all year for grandma’s pie, have some, and enjoy it! Enjoy it by slowing down and savoring every bite rather than inhaling your slice in 30 seconds. You are less likely to overindulge if you practice mindful eating. Only then you will be on your way to developing strong healthy habits for life.
5. Survive the holidays then move forward
Have a bit too much to drink at your work party last night? Go back for 2nds, 3rds, 4ths for grandma’s pie? No sweat, tomorrow is a new day and a new chance to start fresh.
Don’t let a slip up from the night before derail your efforts. Keep moving forward and embrace your attempts at finding a balance that works for you and your life.
Cheers to skinny jeans at Christmas dinner!
Kristi has been active in the health and fitness industry for over 10 years as a personal trainer, fitness competitor, nutritionist, and health coach. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and certifications with ACE and NASM. As a new mom, her passion for health and wellness has grown to specialize in women and children.
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