We're almost through the holidays! Only 2 weeks left until normal life again!
Your mission: Maintenance.
Remember: you want to enjoy the holidays, not be miserable from deprivation. This means that you will allow yourself occasional treats and splurges and keep the scale where it is rather than trying to actually decrease your weight.
There are several ways to accomplish this:
Don’t skip your workouts.
Even moderate intensity workouts can keep your metabolism fast, your mood high, and give you a sense of accomplishment. Who would work so hard to eat junk food for 2 week straight???
People who eat breakfast consume fewer calories throughout the day than those who skip this important meal. It's also a great time to load up on protein!
Keep a food diary.
Write down every single thing you eat—even if it is only one bite of shrimp cocktail. This sounds daunting, but you can always just take a picture of everything too. Whatever is easiest for you.
Monitor your hunger.
Never show up at a party or buffet ravenous—you will most certainly overeat. Drink water and have a protein-filled snack before arriving.
Watch your portion size.
If you have an idea of how much food you are putting on your plate, you will be less likely to overdo it. We call this intuitive eating!
Deal quickly with leftovers.
If you have unhealthy leftovers in your home, you are likely to indulge. Don’t leave them sitting around. Freeze them, give them away or toss them. It’s not worth the temptation!
Check in with your future self.
Every day, speak to yourself from the future—say, from January 1st, 2024. Thank yourself for doing the tough work of self-discipline during these holiday weeks, and the entire year prior.
Let others know what your goals are and check in with each other often!
You can not only survive the holidays, but thrive in this time of transition without sacrificing your wellness. Remember these tips and keep a vision of what you want to feel like on January 1 in mind. It’s going to be a great holiday season!