Holidays and your Diet – Have a plan!

Holiday Parties, Cookie Parties, Gift Exchange Parties – how is a waistline to ever survive?

It never fails that when Fall hits our resolve weakens.  We spent a summer making mostly good choices and using all those extra hours of daylight to get a little extra exercise in.  By September we were looking better than in the Spring that’s for sure!

Then the clocks change, we get less daylight and it seems that all we want to do is eat and hibernate.  This is a very normal and real reaction to less sun and cooler temperatures.  It is also the time of year when sticking to a regimen can feel almost impossible.  Here are a few tips for surviving this time of year.  And I really do mean surviving.  If you are like me treading water and breaking even is the goal this time of year, I can worry about getting ripped in January!

Partying

You might want to review my previous post on dealing with holiday parties HERE.  But suffice it to say that all these holiday parties and splurging on treats of the season are a killer on the waistline.  I do three things before parties:

  1. I workout the day of the party (if not everyday)
  2. I try to never go hungry to any event
  3. I try to stick to my regular diet on non-party days

Sunlight

Believe it or not Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing.  You can read more about it HERE.  this time of year might be challenging, but if you can get yourself outside and in the SUN it will help immensely!  Some symptoms of not getting enough sunlight are:

  • Hopelessness
  • with weight gain (weight loss is more common with other forms of depression Increased sleep (too little sleep is more common with other forms of depression)
  • Less energy and ability to concentrate
  • Loss of interest in work or other activities
  • Sluggish movements
  • Social withdrawal
  • Unhappiness and irritability

So get into the sun and get your happy pill!

Scheduling

At some point in the holiday season you have to say no.  NO MORE commitments.  If you put your workout on your calendar and work everything else in your life AROUND those workouts you should do pretty well this season.  If on the other hand you commit to everything that comes at you and then look for ways to fit your workouts in around your already full schedule you are very likely to fail.  I could write a whole other blog post about scheduling your workouts, and I probably will soon.  But trust me… if you don’t commit to yourself first most people never find the time.

Here is a real screen shot of my December Les Mills Pump workout calendar.  I’ll be filling in my other commitments around these workouts.  Sometimes I even combine my workout with visiting friends.  Who says you have to go to a restaurant or a bar?  Meet a friend for a walk or at the gym and catch up, exchange gifts and get fit!

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