By: Sue Pasqual
Holidays are the time of year we get together with friends & family and to catch up on everything that the past year has brought. With that comes plenty of food & drink! Not to worry – there’s absolutely a way to enjoy the season’s festivities with these tips to stay on-track.
4 Tips to Stay On-Track
We get invited everything from work parties to friend’s get-togethers, family reunions to our kid’s school and so on. My point is, we’re more social during the holiday months and that means more of a chance to stray away from our healthy habits. But, there is a way to thrive during the holiday season without gaining the average of 6-10 pounds in holiday weight. Enjoy the festivities with these 5 tips to stay on track this holiday season, and you’ll soar into the New Year healthy and fit:
- Be sure to ALWAYS fit in fitness.
I realize this time of year gets busy with Holiday get-togethers and holiday shopping, but there’s no reason to put your goals last. Consider working out earlier in the day if you won’t have time that evening! Yeah, I know no one wants to get up earlier during the cold winter months – but, you will NEVER regret a workout! In fact, exercising earlier in the day helps your body burn more calories throughout the day and tends to keep your eating in check!
- Journal your food AND your upcoming goals.
Nothing is more powerful than a made-up mind. If you write down your goals and track your daily progress to help you get there, you’ll be less likely to fall off track.
- Meal prepping is a big help, too.
When we get busy, it’s easy to grab something on the go. If you must do that, be sure to journal it and to order as healthily as you can. There are healthy alternatives everywhere, but preparing your meals is always the best bet. Consider cooking in bulk that way you can just grab and go!
- Be flexible.
If you are living a healthy lifestyle and are at or close to your goal weight, give yourself a little wiggle room! Eating flexibly means following your guidelines, and fitting in foods that are not typically on the menu in manageable portions. For example, say you’re invited to 3 holiday parties in next week. Take some time to consider when you’ll be splurging and how you’re going to make that fit into your week!
Anyone can make it through the holidays without feeling deprived as long as they have a plan and a few tips to stay on-track! After all, as the old adage holds true: “people don’t plan to fail; they fail to plan”.