HOW TO STAY ON TRACK WITH YOUR FITNESS GOALS DURING THE HOLIDAYS

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5 Tips to stay on track with your health + fitness goals this holiday season while enjoying family, food and fellowship.

Do you have trouble staying on track with your fitness goals during the holidays? Is it hard to turn down your aunt’s homemade apple pie or your mama’s famous mac n’ cheese?  

If so, you’re not alone. The holidays can be a temptation trap for even the fittest of the fit.

I put together a few of my favorite fitness tips to help us stay on track with our fitness goals while enjoying family, friends, and a few of our favorite foods this holiday season. These are the tips I used to lose over 50 pounds of baby weight as a busy mom of two.

TIP #1 ENJOY YOURSELF…IN MODERATION.

If you’ve been on track with your nutrition and training plan leading up to the holiday, go ahead and enjoy a few fun foods guilt-free. Make it a treat meal but not a cheat day. One treat meal won’t ruin all of your progress. But, make sure it’s worth it. Remember, there are no refunds on calories. So don’t eat things that you don’t really enjoy. If I might make a suggestion, go for mama’s mac n’ cheese and don’t forget a little a la mode with that apple pie.

TIP #2 EAT A LIGHT BREAKFAST.

Consider hoarding a few calories from earlier in the day by eating a lighter breakfast and lunch. However, don’t skip meals. It’s kind of like going to the grocery store hungry. It’s a lot easier to give in to temptations when you’re hungry and your willpower is trumped by hunger pangs.

If your family is anything like mine, dinner will be late so I always pack a sensible snack to hold me and the kids over until it’s time to eat.

TIP # 3 BRING NUTRITIOUS OPTIONS FOR EVERYONE.

Filling your plate with a nice hearty fruit or green salad and or veggie casserole is never a bad option to pair alongside Mac n cheese, dressing, cakes and other goodies. It’s also a good way to get in more fruits and veggies for the day. Bringing enough for everyone is a great way to share your healthy nutritious food options with the ones you love.

To ensure my family and I get the nutrition we need during the holiday season we also supplement with Juice Plus. Healthy, whole food nutrition in a capsule. Yes, you read that right. With Juice Plus we’re getting over 30 vine-ripened fruit, vegetables, and grains in a convenient capsule.

My kids love their chewable gummies and they get them for FREE thanks to the Children’s healthy study.  As a mom, Juice Plus gives me added peace of mind and helps bridge the gap between what we should eat and what we actually eat especially around the holidays.

TIP #4 GET IN A GOOD WORKOUT BEFORE THE FESTIVITIES BEGIN.

If there’s time, hit the gym or hiking trail for a sweat session. Gym traffic is typically slow on the holidays so it’s a great time to get in, get out and get on with your day. Or, take the whole family for a scenic hike to start the day off right.

Short on time? Squeeze in a twenty-minute total body workout to give you the energy to power through your next holiday party.

TIP #5 LEAVE THE LEFTOVERS.

That’s right, back away from the table and put down the Tupperware. Remember tip number one? This is a cheat MEAL not a cheat DAY.

Did you know we can blow all of our hard work with one cheat day? It’s true.

What do you do if you overdo it and eat a few too many treats?

It’s simple, let it go.

That’s right. Let. It. Go.

I can’t tell you the number of times I went in with a plan that got completely derailed by a little too much of this or a little too much of that. But as they say, you don’t slash your other three tires just because one tire has a flat.

Ladies, I’ve noticed my husband never stresses out or belittles himself when he eats too much. He just rubs his tummy and says I’m full. Then he goes on about his business. It doesn’t happen often, but on the rare occasion it does, he doesn’t freak out about it. And, neither should we.

So let’s all agree to enjoy ourselves, our family and good food this holiday season. And, if we should happen to overdo it simply make it a point to get back on track at the next meal or the next day, whichever comes FIRST!

The key to sustainable weight loss and lifestyle change is to NOT let one meal spiral into one week or one month because what you do most of the time matters more than what you do every once in awhile.

Now it’s your turn. How do you manage your health and fitness goals over the holidays?  

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