I get it. Very few people want to think about fitness and weight loss around the holidays.
From Halloween to Christmas my blog’s traffic starts to drop off. Clients get lax with their check-ins. And scale cursing commences.
We just want to eat and do what we want and worry about weight loss when the New Year’s resolutions come around.
So how do you navigate this fitness lull without feeling like you’re being harassed about your body image?
Stay Mindful of Your Eating (whatever you’re eating)
Things are going to get eaten that don’t mesh with your goals. Holidays bring temptations and social pressures. Our environment changes, and we are creatures of our surroundings.
When you walk by a plate of cookies 10 times, there’s a good chance one of those times will result in you eating one/some.
That’s OK. If you’re going to eat it, at least enjoy it. Be mindful of your satisfaction.
Problems happen when you mindlessly eat 10 cookies and don’t even realize it until you’re done. Mindless eating means you aren’t reaping satisfaction from your food.
So practice mindful eating and heighten your satisfaction awareness. The more satisfaction you get from your food the less of it you will eat.
Stay Active Doing Something You Enjoy
Holiday schedules make it tough to get in consistent workouts. So it’s important that you don’t have an all-or-nothing attitude around physical activity during this time.
Just because you can’t strength train 3 days/week doesn’t mean that once/week is bad. Do your best. Try to stay active.
Daily walking through this time period can do wonders. Any extra workouts are an added plus.
Daily activity, however small, coupled with mindful eating will keep you on track until things get back to “normal”. When you have the itch to do a more intense workout, pick an activity you really enjoy and go do it.
Manage Progress Expectations
Go into the holidays with realistic expectations on what progress is. If every year during the holidays you gain 5-10lbs, then don’t beat yourself up if you don’t lose any weight this year.
In this case, simply maintaining your weight is progress. It’s an improvement over your past behaviors. Weight loss isn’t the only measure of progress.
Motivation comes in waves. There’s a good chance you’ll get swept up in the New Year’s resolution bug, so if you can just make it through the holidays you will get that added burst of motivation to take you to new weight loss lows.
Stay mindful of what you’re eating – whatever you end up eating. Stay as active as you can and get in the added workouts when you feel up to it. And then don’t beat yourself up if you don’t lose 10 pounds from Halloween to New Years.
Soon enough you will have your life structure back and you can continue reinforcing those healthy habits.