It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s also super busy, kind of stressful, and full of tempting treats all around.
For some people, thinking about their health during this time of year seems weird, but for me it’s the time of year when I decided to get serious about my health 4 years ago. It’s also the time of year that I gained the most weight during my pregnancy with Liam. I didn’t feel good in my clothes, I felt like I needed to hide myself in family photos, and I had a hard time enjoying the holidays–even though it was my son’s first Christmas–because I was tired, uncomfortable, and self-conscious.
Maybe you are feeling the same way. Here are a few tips to get through the holiday season without completely giving up on your health goals.
- First, relax. You are allowed to enjoy the holidays guilt-free. Whatever you decide to do with your health and fitness, OWN IT. Don’t wish you did something different. Really be honest with yourself about what you want, and go for it!
- Drink your water! Stay away from sodas and cocktails as much as possible–save those for your parties. Drink up with your water to stay hydrated and keep your body working the way it’s supposed to.
- Eat healthfully throughout the week! You don’t have to deprive yourself of your traditional holiday foods that you look forward to, but you also don’t have to eat crap all day every day. Keep plenty of veggies handy, and make it a point to eat mostly veggies throughout your day. Keep satisfied with lean proteins and be careful about what carbs you want to have so you don’t overdo it.
- Stay moving! Keep up with a fitness routine throughout the holidays. If you’ll be traveling on Christmas Day, plan for that to be a rest day and schedule in your workouts for the rest of the week. For me, working out on the holiday makes me feel more energized and less guilty about indulging!
- Plan ahead. Not just for your workouts, but for your food! Do what you can to make sure you have a healthy options, whether that means grabbing some hummus and baby carrots at the store when you’re on the road, making a healthy option to take to your family gathering, or planning out what you’re going to indulge in beforehand so you feel prepared and confident in your choices.
And you need to plan ahead for 2019, too! January 1st will be here before we know it, and whether or not you’re ready to tackle your health. I’ve already got my plan of attack for 2019: obviously I’ll be finishing up my pregnancy and then taking a hiatus from fitness, but I already have a new program lined up to get me to delivery! 20 minutes a day and no equipment? I think I can handle that! Plus, that is very manageable for after the baby as well once I’m cleared to work out again. I’ll also be following the same eating plan I’m currently doing–no measuring any portions to make sure I’m eating enough for baby now and for breastfeeding later, but focusing on the quality of nutrition that I’m eating to stay as healthy as possible.
If 20 minute workouts without any required equipment sounds up your alley, click this link and we can chat! I’m hosting a test group for this new program and I have room for 10 new clients–don’t miss out!