Why are the final 6 weeks of the year so challenging to keep any sort of routine in any facet of life? We’re bombarded with social events above and beyond what any normal person should have to feel obliged to attend. Our budgets are tight, our bellies are full (but we strategically layer the clothes to try to disguise our extra insulation), and our will power to maintain a consistent workout routine, let alone sticking to any type of meal plan is non-existent … You feel your fail-proof plan of attack to hit your goals is on a vicious downward spiral… right to your love handles! ugh!
Remember.. you’re always in control. Always. You control how much, how often, and what you put in your mouth. Just because there’s an array of scrumptious looking goodies offered at every cubicle you walk by, I promise, it’s not offensive to NOT eat anything. WHAT IF..for instance… you have a severe food allergy…to SUGAR.. I bet NO ONE would be hassling you, challenging your will power, or hovering the christmas cookies under your nose trying to entice you…Yeah, they may tease you a little.. because let’s be real…who wants to be allergic to sugar…but if you’re on a plan.. and you’re dedicated to seeing your goals…then you’re allergic to anything that would hold you back! Ok, so maybe that’s a little extreme…and I’m not promoting completely depriving yourself around the holidays.. I understand that events happen, schmoozing and boozing takes place….but you must always remember, you’re in control of your own actions.. and how you chose to delve into your “holiday spirit”.
Here are some tips to help you manage the chaos:
1. Prioritize. We’re back to planning again.. imagine that?! You know the holidays are ridiculously crazy, and your gym activity might go down…that’s ok!!!..just plan or have your nutrition coach plan your meals to accommodate the lack of activity!!
2. Bring your own “healthy” version of dishes to get-togethers or events.. that way, you always know there is SOMETHING you can eat that won’t make you say a prayer before jumping, squirming and squeezing into your jeans the next week.
3. Pick and Choose… just because there are a MILLION events going on.. you don’t necessarily HAVE to attend every last one.. you’ll burn out.. to the point where when your schedule allows you to regain a routine.. your body will fight back..hard.
4. If your situation does not allow you to eat better.. for whatever reason.. MOVE more.. figure it out.. yes I know…it’s cold out and your bed seems unbearable to leave in the morning.. but your hiney will be a whole lot heavier to move when your schedule actually allows for a better, non-chaotic routine… Which would you prefer?