The holidays are around the corner and you may be fearing that you will begin to lose motivation and fall off the horse. With delicious food, gift shopping, chilly weather, and our cozy beds; it can be incredibly tempting to take a break from working out. But you have strived so hard to reach your goals and with those breaks, also comes regret. So, how do you stay on track?
Moderation is key
Before you decide to head straight over to a family feast with an empty stomach, try thinking about fueling up before you go. You could try eating a larger than normal, but still healthy lunch. This way when you sit down in front of all the desirable options, you will not be as tempted to overindulge. Fill up on the proteins and veggies. Skip the heavy carbs and save truly little room for dessert. Another fantastic way to ensure that you do not fall too far from your diet, is to avoid taking home any leftovers. Although the idea of not having to cook for a week may sound enticing, as long as there are unhealthy food options in your fridge, sticking to a diet is going to be nearly impossible.
Force Yourself to Move
Make a promise to yourself that you will try to move your body every day. Set an alarm each morning for the specific time you want to go for a run or hit the gym and stick to it!
Remind yourself what you have worked for all summer and envision how close you are to your goals. Understand that taking too much time off, WILL result in a huge setback and will make you feel like you are starting from the beginning.
You can do it. I believe in you!
There is absolutely nothing wrong with treating yourself to some sweets, just avoid over doing it. If that apple pie your mom baked is your absolute favorite, then grab a small slice! There is no harm in living a little, your life does not have to be a boot camp.
Try this recipe from Health.com for a healthy holiday treat: Pear Tarte Tatin
Disclaimer: I’m not a fitness expert, medical doctor or registered dietician. This blog is solely to share my experiences in running, fitness and nutrition. In regards to your health, please do your own study and exploration. Everything I share here comes from personal experiences, knowledge gained from sources, and is based off my own lifestyle. If you are in need of specific advice in any of these areas, please contact your own health professional.