How not to be a miserable cow on a diet this holiday season.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the Christmas holidays? Your weird uncle Fred? Mall madness? Or food? Seriously, eggnog, cookies, and crappy holiday party food is everywhere you look! No wonder people joke about gaining 5 to 10lbs over the holidays and then feel like crap on Jan 1.
The key to long-term success is adopting a lifestyle mindset. Accept that you’re not on a diet that has a start and an end, but that you generally (not always) chose foods that help your goals, not hinder them. You’re eating for a way of life and doing so means being able to incorporate holiday eating into your plan. There’s no doubt that the holidays present a unique set of challenges with all the delicious holiday baking and boozy parties. And I bet you feel pretty badly about yourself when you over indulge. But here’s the thing… unless you’re out there night after night, diving face first into Christmas goodies, you’re going to be okay. And if you’re looking to make fitness a lifestyle, then you need to make a little room for the things you love, or you’ll be a miserable cow that will poop all the parties you go to.
Speaking of party poopers – have you ever seen this video??? F*&king hysterical. I digress…..
But, but, what about your goals? A few meals here and there aren’t going to do anything to negate the results of all your hard work. Especially if you’re paying attention to the size of your portions and how much you’re eating as I suggested above. It’s the constant partaking in large quantities of holiday treats that’ll catch up to you. And you end up there only when you allow yourself to, by ignoring the choices you are making and the impact it is having on you physically and emotionally.
Give yourself permission to enjoy yourself. When it’s well thought out and logical you’re less likely to overeat as when you feel as if you’re actually caving in and cheating and doing something forbidden. Maybe your intention should be to simply maintain over the holidays. If you typically put on a few pounds of fat over the holidays, then even this is a huge victory for you. Keep active with your workouts, spend most of the time eating what you’re supposed to be eating, and then factor in some extra off-plan food. Factor it in. Don’t try to be perfect over the holidays, because it’s an unreasonable expectation and it will make miserable. Don't poop the party. XO
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