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7 Fit Tips during Holiday Season

Let’s cruise through the Holidays with these fitness tips I share with you below. By “cruise” I do not mean rush through the Holidays, instead to enjoy every minute of them as they do pass by quickly….WITHOUT throwing all our hard work away being on our fitness journey. During this Holiday Season I want you to focus on maintaining your fitness progress. Maintaining is what I mean by “cruise” through. I am sure this will be the first time you ever go into the holiday season with this type of mindset. Typically, we do a crash diet right before the season or we starve ourselves throughout, saving calories for the big events during the season, then feeling guilty post indulgences. This does nothing but bring on an unhealthy relationship with food, hormone imbalances, and a terribly upset gut. Which your gut will tell you by the way 😉 What fun is it to be on a “Diet” or be cutting during the Holiday Season. This is the time you should be enjoying good food and company. Good food does not always need to be denied they should be consumed and enjoyed in moderation without going overboard.

 

Here are 7 Fit Tips to keep in mind during this upcoming Holiday Season:

1. Change your Mindset

This Holiday season I want you going into with the mindset that you will not necessarily lose weight, but you will not gain any either. I want you to maintain your fitness goals and “Cruise” through this Holiday Season. This does not mean you will stop exercising and stop meal prepping, but it will mean you will continue living your healthy lifestyle with the goal of maintaining your progress through this Holiday Season.

2. Plan Ahead

Regardless how busy your schedule may get, do not skip out on your Sunday Ritual for planning your upcoming week. Everything you need to do should be written down, and little will be forgotten. You will be able to visualize what each day entails so you know not to overbook yourself, while continuing to make your fitness routine happen.  Marking the calendar with those big events like Thanksgiving Day is just as important as marking your calendar for a 30-minute exercise time slot. When you have a plan, it is much easier to follow. Set a plan. Write it out.

3. Portion Control

We all go for the biggest plate in the room, including myself! I challenge you to think about this post next time you go to grab a plate at an event, grab the smallest one!

Your palm determines your protein portions.

Your fist determines your veggie portions.

Your cupped hand determines your carb portions.

Your thumb determines your fat portions.

4. Don’t hang near the food

This one is rather self-explanatory, but one we don’t often think about. So, I am here to remind you to grab that small plate and head into a different room. This will create fewer impulse bites and overall grabbing less food. Those bites are calories and they sure do add up quickly.

5. Healthy Recipes

Can we all agree– Thank You for Pinterest! I can admit I’m not the one with the greatest recipes, but I sure am thankful for those that are. When there is a holiday or event, I typically will plan to bring a dish that is on the heathier side. That way, if I show up and there’s not much I want to eat, or that will sit well with my stomach, I’m thankful I brought something to share with everyone, but also something I can enjoy too.

6. Keep a food diary

This is the #1 thing that will keep you accountable. If you reach out to me for help, I can then guide you how to reach your desired fitness goals. For those of you who like to track their calories and macros, continue to do so do even during Holiday Season. This will help you to stay on track as well. BUT at the end of the day, if you eat something off your meal plan the most important is knowing what your total caloric intake was. Weight gain comes from calories in vs. calories out. The end.

Your food log will not be perfect, especially on those holiDAYS but continue to track and log your food intake so you are aware at what you are putting in your mouth. Remember, each Holiday is a DAY not an entire Season. One thing I like with food logs, is keeping me in check, aka accountable; making sure I am getting enough of micronutrients in my everyday log, not just one day a week eating a serving of spinach.

7. DRINK.. water that is.. HAHA

For those that enjoy a drink or two, save it for those social gatherings. If your one to socialize all season long, then you will have to be sure to drink in moderation. Don’t forget, drinks will simply add more calories to the ones you already eaten. Not only will you see a weight fluctuation, but inflammation in the body will begin, battling fatigue more than normal, and the list goes on! Make sure you drink adequate amounts of water. Any list for “ways to stay healthy..” will always have one discussing water. YES, its’ that important!

I can tell you for a fact–If you try to lose weight during the Holidays you will develop a poor relationship with food, feel irritable and moody, doubtful and guilt all season long. Who wants to feel that way during the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?!
Acknowledge how far you have come on your fitness journey and accept you are on a pause to continue reaching your desired fitness goals. Your fitness goal is to get through the holidays on a maintenance level, reaching a plateau on your progress, without moving forward and without going backward. Once you’ve made it through the Holidays you will see that you have made progress….Mentally!! Getting through holiday season without any weight gain is something to be proud of and acknowledge! Don’t wait for the New Year to get healthy, continue living your healthy life WITH balance this Holiday Season.

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