A lot of people have been asking me some questions about how I deal with the holiday season as someone trying to be mindful about my health and fitness, so I wanted to answer some of my most asked questions about this time of year.
Are you going to eat ANY traditional holiday foods?
This is a tricky question, and one must know thyself to know what works best for you. For some people, they have no problem treating themselves to a few pieces of fudge or sugar cookies throughout the month while sticking to a clean eating plan the rest of the time. For me, that doesn’t work very well. I have to stay pretty strict with my meal plan if I want to get the results I’m looking for, so I will be very picky and choosy about what I indulge in. I used to view the holidays as a total free-for-all and just whatever I wanted for about 2 straight months, but that doesn’t make me feel good, so I won’t be doing that. For me, I need to be very aware of what I’m eating during this time of year, but there are certain foods I know I’ll eat, like a cinnamon roll on Christmas morning–that is our tradition, and I want to participate. You have to make that choice for yourself, but the important thing is to own your choice and not feel bad or guilty about it either way.
It’s the holidays! Just relax and live a little! Don’t you deserve to treat yourself??
I totally understand this mentality, because I used to live it every holiday every year, but again, I don’t feel good about myself when I don’t eat well. I feel bad mentally, emotionally, and physically–I deserve to feel awesome all the time, and if I know my nutrition is a part of that, then I need to eat accordingly.
What should I do about my workouts during this busy season?
Simply put, prioritize them. I know firsthand how easy it is to fall out of your routine during these busy seasons, and how difficult it is to get back into a healthy routine once you decide enough is enough. It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s actually easiest in the long run to just keep up with your fitness routine during the holidays than to give it up completely. If you usually work out every day, maybe lower that expectation–4 days a week instead of 7, or 3 days a week instead of 5. Maybe consider switching when you workout–would getting up early to get it done keep you consistent? Consider making that kind of change for just these 4 weeks of crazy, and then switch back to your afternoon sweat session once the holidays are done. You can also figure out a different way to be active–plan to go to a group class with family when they are in town, or invite them to do your workout with you, or go for a jog with a friend. If you can find people to be active with you, it helps keep you more accountable. This is exactly why I love my online accountability groups! We help each other stick to a routine–email me or comment on this post to get details on my next group!
Is it really that bad to just wait until January?
It’s never a bad time to start a healthy routine with your food and fitness! But I always answer this question with my own question–is it really that bad to start now? Is it a bad thing to go ahead and start feeling awesome right now? Why start January feeling gross and bloated when you can start it feeling energized and amazing? For me, I’m still focusing on my nutrition and fitness and preparing for an awesome January. I have some awesome goals for where I want to be by my beach trip in April, and those aren’t going to wait for the holidays.
Maybe you’re feeling the same way about your health–why wait??? I’ve got accountability groups going all through this time of year, and I’ve got space for you! Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get some info.
Do you have some tips for keeping your health going through the holidays? I’d love to hear them! Share them in the comments!