Once Thanksgiving rolls around, everyone is in full holiday mode. It is HARD to prioritize your time, money and your health; all while trying to find time to fit in your family and friends into your busy work week. With all the holiday parties you have on your calendar this December, staying on your diet isn’t easy. Who doesn’t want to enjoy some champagne and mom’s toll house chocolate chip cookies?!
I’m here to tell you it’s completely ok to eat your favorite cookies or have that glass of Champagne with your friends. This time of year is all about spending time with loved ones and giving back to others.
Here are some tips to stay in shape all while still enjoying some of things you love this time of year!
Now is the time to switch up your normal routine. If you are used to having a “leg day” “upper body day” “back day” etc. switch it up by doing full body workouts that target every single muscle in your body. By using all the muscles in your body, you’ll be able to burn more calories. You know what that means? You necessarily won’t have to workout 5x a week. By having three to four solid workouts in per week, you will be able to maximize your calorie burn and not feel guilty! BUT don’t forget to get your workout in early. I know it’s tough working out in the morning but that means you don’t have to worry about getting it in after work or have to cancel plans because you haven’t done it yet. You are less likely to skip your workout if you get it done early!
The worst thing you can do is starve yourself up until the event you are going to. If you are starving, it will lead to binge eating what ever is there. Make sure you get in a balanced breakfast and lunch to keep your satisfied up until your event. Load up on protein filled foods and make sure you are getting in your vegetables throughout the day. Snack on carrots, celery, broccoli etc. throughout the day so you don’t starve yourself!
Make meeting your friends more physical. Instead of going out for drinks at night (that you will regret the next morning) try taking a new fitness class together or hire a trainer to train your group. By doing this, you will feel less guilty after the holidays so you can enjoy that Christmas brunch!
Now’s the time to enjoy your friends and family. Don’t restrict yourself and feel guilty for having too many cookies one or two nights.. it’s not the end of the world! You just have to remember to get back on track and go harder then ever. Eat healthy most of the time and then indulge when it’s nessacery. Enjoy the time you have together and don’t waste it!