By Felicia Williams
‘Tis the season for cookies at the office party, your mother-in-law’s killer pumpkin pie, and cupcakes at 8pm for your kid’s class. With the holiday season right around the corner, you may be worried about the dreaded holiday weight gain, but it’s possible to enjoy November through New Year’s without completely getting off track.
These Do’s & Don’ts will help keep you focused & balanced:
DO: Keep working out
Amid all the craziness of the holidays, do you best to keep your regular training schedule. It’ll help fight stress, sickness and keep you motivated towards your fitness goals.
DON’T: Don’t freak out if you gain a little weight
Unless you completely stop working out and go crazy eating tons of extra calories, those few extra pounds are probably just water weight.
DO: Enjoy yourself
Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas are important times to celebrate with friends and family. It’s ok to indulge and have a good time. Unless you are a serious athlete preparing for a competition, your overall happiness should take priority over your fitness goals.
DON’T: Beat yourself up or skip parties because you’re worried about dieting
You can still have balance and moderation without making yourself crazy. If you’ve been really diligent and consistent, taking a few days off of tracking macros or weighing yourself can actually work wonders for your mental health.
DO: Plan to eat more than usual
Allow yourself the freedom to indulge at holiday meals by adjusting your other meals. There are just a handful of days and festivities that you know you will enjoy a big meal, so plan accordingly. Swap out your carbs for veggies and double up on your water intake to make sure you’re staying balanced.
DON’T: Completely fall of the deep end
Sometimes, “just one little cheat meal” can turn into a week of bad decisions and binge eating. This leads to an unhealthy cycle of guilt and can damage your mental health and your relationship with food. Keep yourself in check by maintaining your normal clean eating habits, but let yourself enjoy those holiday meals with friends and family.
Remember, it’s about balance. No matter how fit you are, you need to be happy. It is possible to enjoy your life and stay on track with your fitness goals! By the time January rolls around, you’ll be more focused and ready to set some new goals.
Felicia is a fiery fit mom and elite nationally-qualified USAPL powerlifter from Nashville! As a busy working mom, she balances the demands of work and parenting a toddler while perusing her fitness goals.
Felicia started strength training in 2012 and after having a baby in 2014, she’s lost over 15lbs and gotten over 200lbs stronger. Now she is a national level powerlifter in the 52kg weight class.
As a 4’10” 114lb woman, she wants to show that strong women come in all shapes and sizes. In her transformation from average gym goer to competitive athlete, she loves to share what she’s learned about strength training, nutrition and work-life balance with other women trying to be the best version of themselves.
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