It can be so hard to stay fit during the holidays. I allowed myself to eat whatever on Thanksgiving, but I struggled to get back on track on Friday. For me, the first day is always the hardest. Staying fit is worth it though; I want to feel and look healthy when I see my family and friends during the holidays. Another motivator for me this week was that I knew I had been lucky enough to be a selected as a #HolidayFitList blogger with a few other Sweat Pink Ambassadors that I really admire. Lorna Jane, one of the cutest fitness clothing companies on the planet, gave us a brand new outfit off of our #HolidayFitList for the campaign. I knew I wanted to feel comfortable in my cute, new clothes when I shared them with you. They also are also giving 20% off to readers right now (code: SHOPLJ).
With that said, I know how tough it can be to resist different once-a-year treats and parties where others are overindulging. A little celebrating is okay and won’t hurt your results, but a slip in your healthy routine can turn into a slippery slope quickly. Plus, these tips to staying fit during the holidays are not complicated to implement or follow.
5 Tips to Stay Fit During the Holidays
1. Set your goal – When you set a goal for yourself remember it’s for you! This sounds like common sense to most people probably, but I struggled with it. I have learned my goal to stay fit during the holidays has to be realistic and quantitative for me. That means not setting the same goal as a another person just because he or she has set it for their self. On the other hand, I have to remember my goal is not something other people in my family may understand. My grandmother may want me to eat a second slice of pie, but my goal is to stay fit, at my goal weight, and feeling well so I will politely turn down the second helping of dessert.
Also, it always helps me to remember that it’s a goal for a reason — if it was easy it wouldn’t be a goal.
2. Tell someone – Share your goal with someone or everyone! The #HolidayFitList is an awesome way to share your fitness goals for the holidays with other people just like you. You can check out the list of other bloggers at the bottom of this post, follow other healthy blogs like Move Nourish Believe, and come to our Twitter party tonight starting at 8 P.M. Eastern. We will be chatting about our #HolidayFitList with @LornaJaneActive and @FitApproach. No one is perfect; we all have slip-ups. We can all relate to each other and help keep each other accountable to stay fit during the holidays in a fun way.
3. Reward Yourself With Something That Motivates You – New workout clothes motivate me to push through fitness challenges and stay on track with my eating. I love putting on a new pair of capris or a sports bra
probably a little too much. Workout clothes just feel so good and help me see the progress I am making in my fitness journey. Lorna Jane has so many cute clothes too. I know I will be setting a new goal for myself to end in the middle of January, and my reward will be a new workout outfit. If clothes don’t motivate you, try to find something that does that isn’t food. A bubble bath, manicure, or facial would also be a great reward for your hard work!
If clothes do motivate you — definitely check out Lorna Jane!
4. Focus On Good Food – Staying fit during the holidays doesn’t have to be torture. Healthy foods don’t mean cardboard and veggies. Some of my favorite foods of all time, that I actually crave, are healthy. I seriously crave the Mango & Coconut Chia Pudding from the (free!) Mover Over Sugar recipe book! There are a ton of yummy recipes, and the book has several that look delicious! Make your healthy choices something fun and exciting to try.
5. Plan Ahead– One dessert isn’t going to undo your results if you are eating healthy the other 90% of the time. I allow myself a cheat meal every week, and I plan it out. If that is too difficult for you, figure out what you need realistically and plan it out. Some people prefer smaller treats that they can have 3 times a week compared to a cheat meal; others prefer not to have one at all. It’s up to you, but if you deprive yourself over and over again, you risk the chance of over eating on things you don’t love. By planning my meals ahead of time, I enjoy my cheat meal more, and I know how to prioritize the other less-than-healthy options as they happen during the week. If I know I am getting my grandmother’s chocolate pie on Saturday, I will be more likely to pack a healthy lunch and skip the stale doughnuts in the office lounge.
See, I told you – 5 tips to stay fit during the holidays that are simple to implement and follow! What is one of your ways to stay fit during the holidays?
Have you downloaded the Move Over Sugar recipe book? What recipe looks the best to you?
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