It's exactly one week until Christmas and I know everyone is busy so this will be a short post. I wanted to share a few of my thoughts on staying on track for the rest of the holiday season.
1. I don't stop my workouts. I feel awful if I don't work out for a few days so exercise is a priorty for me. If I am unable to do my regular workout on a particular day I try to make sure I get some kind of movement in. For example, if I usually do a boot camp class but I can't go because I am traveling, I wake up a little early and do an online workout, go for a run or go for a long walk with family later in the day. Be flexible and get in what you can when you can.
2. I choose treats that are worth it to me. If you are going to a party with lots of food, don't feel like you have to have some of everything. Pick one appetizer, one main course , a side dish (veggie!) and/or one dessert and enjoy every little bit. Eat slowly and enjoy. Remember it isn't a good feeling to eat so much that you are stuffed, especially if it was food you didn't even really like.
3. I keep meal planning a priority. Now especially is not the time to succumb to fast food. Plan some big batch meals that will give you leftovers. Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and put them in the freezer so you have a portable meal when you need it. Keep almonds in your bag or car for hunger emergencies. Staying healthy most of the days will help balance out those more indulgent holiday parties and gatherings.
Though I do recommend to keep eating well and exercising during the holidays, it is ok to give yourself some grace to enjoy the holidays and all that comes with it. Try to stay on track enough that your good habits stay habits and it isn't too difficult to get back to your regular routine (or new healthy routine!) after January 1.