Was 2020 the year that you promised yourself you’d get in shape? Create healthier habits? Eat better? And then when Covid hit, you thought to throw those goals and promises you made to yourself out the window. Allow me to help encourage you through this season and give you 5 ways to maintain your fitness goals around the holidays this year!
Look, I get it! 2020 has been a tough year. Not to mention that we are in the midst of the holiday season, elections and trying to restrain ourselves from eating all the pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving:)
To those ladies who have be able to push through and continue to work on your health, I applaud you!
To the ladies who have struggled a little more throughout this year or need some help getting back on track, it’s not too late! You can still be successful around the holidays.
It’s all about MINDSET, DETERMINATION and ACCOUNTABILITY!
I am sure you all have heard the saying, “don’t throw the baby out with the bath water”. Well I am here to tell you the same thing! Don’t throw your goals and promises you made to yourself, out the window during this holiday season.
The holiday season can be a tough time for a lot of people. Maybe you have lost a loved one. Maybe you don’t have family around to spend the holidays with.
Whatever you’re situation is, if you can focus on maintaining your health (physical and mental) and gaining momentum during this time of year, nothing is going to stop you from reaching and exceeding your goals in 2021!
So, are you with me?!
Grab a pen and paper and join me as I help you strategize your way around the holidays in a healthy way!
Below are 5 Ways to Maintain your Fitness Goals Around the Holidays
1. Get an accountability partner
We all know that if someone is going to be checking in on you, making sure you are doing what you said you would, you are more likely to be successful.
Find someone who you can count on to hold you accountable to your goals. You want to make sure they take this job seriously and can call you out when the time is right.
Remember, they are only helping you! Embrace it:)
Be specific in the areas you want them to know you are working on.
Whether that is exercising daily, or making sure you’re not helping yourself to all the sweets and treats at your family get togethers, let them know!
So, who is you accountability partner going to be?
2. Make an “appointment” with yourself every day!
If you goals are to stay active and exercise daily but you find it challenging to do this daily, make an “appointment” with yourself!
Just like you would do if you were going to the doctor, a friends house, the dentist, whatever it may be, someone is waiting for you and you don’t want to let them down.
Don’t let yourself down!
Schedule out your “appointments” each week and tell your accountability partner about it.
Be as specific as what you plan to do and at what time of day.
Yes, plans may change, but do your best to not change your own “appointment”.
3. Portions/Indulge a little:)
Portions, portions portions!
Yes, it’s the holidays and the food is amazing! However, don’t go so overboard that you feel guilty afterwards.
Grab a smaller plate.
Start by filling up with the veggies and salad before filling up on everything else.
Have a piece of pie! Yes, indulge a little but don’t take it too far.
Tell your husband, friend, or accountability partner your plan ahead of time when it comes to your portions and amount of dessert so that they can hold you accountable!
Get your mindset right so that you know your plan going into your family gatherings.
Set yourself up for success!
4. Brush your teeth…
Yes, you read that correct! Brush your teeth after you have had your dessert. It may seem silly, but in all honesty, for me, it helps me to not go back for more.
Mentally, it tells me, “ok, I am done eating”. No need for overeating and indulging more than you should only to feel regret afterwards.
Another option would be to carry some mints or a piece of gum with you that you can pop in after your meal.
5. Remember your “WHY”
It’s important to remember WHY your goals are important to you. If you have never written out, in detail, why you have the goals you do, I’d encourage you to do so.
Put them in a place you will see it. That way when you’re tempted to eat more pie, or have your third serving of stuffing, you can go back to your “why” and your goals.
Some of my “why” includes; to be an example for my son, to be able to do active things with my husband as we get older and because we are only given 1 body and I want to take care of it to the best of my ability.
What’s your “why”?
1. Call up your accountability partner and let them know what ways you need their help.
2. Schedule out your “appointments” for the week.
3. Commit to your portions and amount of dessert ahead of time and tell your accountability person.
4. Put some gum or mints in your purse ahead of time and use them! Remember, when you’ve brushed, gummed or minted up, you’re done!
5. Write out your “WHY” and place it somewhere you will see it. Place it in several locations to help remind you of your goals.
So, there you have it!
Start tackling the action steps above and you’ll be well on your way to maintaining your fitness goals around the holiday season!
Finish out 2020 strong!
Good luck ladies:)
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