The holidays are such a fun time of year – you get to see friends and family whom you may not see as much and there are tons of tasty treats to be had. However, just because it is the holiday season does not mean that your health should take a backseat, nor does it mean that you have to feel guilty or deprived. In fact, I’ll let you in on a little secret…
…We had hot cider and sugar cookies last night! Dun dun dun… We were at an event and knew there would be treats, so we made sure to keep it clean during the day so we could still indulge a little later in the evening. Okay, we had wine too.
To help you get through the season without feeling deprived, but to also stay on track with your clean eating and workouts, we are sharing our top tips and things that we ourselves do every day and season:
1. Write down your goals. This was actually built into your Weekly Burn workout schedule last week, so if you have not done this yet, now is a good time! Writing out and being able to visualize your goals is a very powerful tool. Whether your goals include running a 5k, holding a plank for 10 more seconds, or just trying something – anything – new, if you have them written down, you are more likely to accomplish them and stick to them during the holiday season, despite how hectic it may seem this time of year.
2. Keep to a schedule. We know how difficult this can be during the holidays (and during the winter in general) with more holiday parties and get togethers, and even snow storms, but it is important to stick to your routine. Commit to working out at least 15 minutes every morning as soon as you wake up to help you stay on track and to help motivate you to stick to your clean meals. You can also incorporate the Fairburn Mile Challenge (see here), to remind you to keep moving every day. You can also refer to our free workouts here.
3. Have a game plan. If you know you will be going to a family party where your favorite holiday treat will also be, prepare for this by thinking about healthier alternatives that you can eat and even bring your own holiday treats from your nutrition plan! The no bake coconut macaroons are a favorite of ours because they are quick, healthy, and can even be festive to look like little snowballs.
And members, we have a surprise coming for you very soon to help with the holiday cookies! 😉
4. Remove the phrase “after the holidays”. Many people start dieting and working out after the New Year, and use that to justify splurging on food every day during the holiday season. However, the more you do this, the harder it will be on your body and more difficult to bounce back. So what if instead of putting off your goals, you enter the New Year on a good note by sticking to them during the holidays?
5. Have that drink or cookie. Just have it. No, we do not want this to become a habit, nor do we encourage this constantly; however, if you tell yourself it is okay to just have the treat, you are less likely to beat yourself up and skip out on working out and eating clean. It becomes very mental when you think you cannot have something, and often times, you end up craving it. Rather than torturing yourself, enjoy every bite of your treat, and then wake up the next day and continue on with your workouts and meals. And believe it or not, when you stop depriving yourself, you end up not craving those items as often!
6. Take advantage of your active rest days. There may be a lot of unhealthy baked goods this time of year, but there are also a lot of new active rest activities that you can take advantage of. For example, you can go ice skating (in or outdoors), snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, sledding, ice fishing, and even play in the snow and have a snowball fight. All of these activities keep you moving without you feeling like you are working out. Plus, they are a great way to feel like a kid again and to enjoy the season.
7. Being healthy AND enjoying the season. Not one or the other. Being healthy does and should not feel like a chore. It should start to feel like a lifestyle, which is what we believe will truly help you to be successful and why we started Fairburn it Off. Take advantage of the healthier desserts and treats in your nutrition plan and challenge yourself to stick to the challenges that we outline in your nutrition plan and on your Weekly Burn workout schedule. The challenges are there for a reason – to help you live an overall healthy lifestyle so that you are taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally.
8. Don’t overthink or stress. There are many things that stress people out during the holidays, which can lead to poor health choices. Additionally, it is very common to overthink and analyze what you should and should not be doing. Stick to making items from the recipes here and from your nutrition plan, and you will be okay. Make sure you give yourself time to relax, reflect on your goals, remember why you started in the first place, and to give yourself the credit that you deserve. And please do not beat yourself up if you “slip up”! If you have a bad day with your nutrition or miss a workout, it is important that you just move on and do not dwell, so that the bad day does not become a bad habit.
Remember, we are always here for you! You can always reach out to us @fairburnitoff on social media or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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