The holidays are upon us and it’s my favorite time of the year. I love that the holidays bring families together and allows us to really reflect on what we are thankful for. I have so much to be thankful for and when I look back on this past year, I am amazed at everything I was able to experience. Here are some of my highlights I am thankful for:
- My family, friends, my son and husband
- My commitment to eating clean and exercising
- Following my dreams and competing in my first fitness competition
- My job and becoming the Water Aerobics Director
- Discovering new things such as TRX, Oblique Magazine Ab competition, Arnold Classic and becoming Certified in Spin
While we take time to be thankful during this time of year it can also be a little stressful. Yes all the yummy food in our faces can be hard to pass up! You really can not go into any store without being tempted by peppermint, gingerbread and pumpkin spice. It’s amazing the things they come up with, like Peppermint Oreos. Really!? Ok I did think those looked tasty. No wonder people gain the most weight during November and December. So how do we stay on track and still enjoy the holidays? Here are 5 tips that will help you stay on track.
- While at holiday parties eat vegetables first along with lean meats if available. This will fill you up and give you the nutrients your bodies needs without spiking your insulin levels. After you have loaded up on veggies and you still want that pumpkin pie, have a small piece:)
- Plan your meals ahead of time and always be prepared. While your out shopping there may not always be healthy options so keep some almonds or an apple in your purse for emergencies.
- Don’t be afraid to say No! Explain to your mother -in -law if she does’t already know that you are eating clean and focused on your goals, and as much as you would love to have some of her Double Fudge Carmel Chocolate Cake, you have to skip it this year. You have worked hard to accomplish your goals, stick to your guns!
- Going away for the holidays and don’t have access to the gym? Go for a run outside or purchase a resistance band and do a workout from home.
- Don’t be hard on yourself. If you have been working hard and want to enjoy a treat, do it. One treat will not ruin your all your work. Consistancy and moderation is the key.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!