The holiday season is great for so many reasons…quality time with family and friends, a few days off from work, and of course, the food! Cakes, cookies and pies…oh my! I mean, if it is not swimming in butter or sugar, does it really belong on the holiday table? All of it is just all so yum! I know, I know, you’ll get back on track January 1, 2018. It’s part of your ‘New Year, New Me’ promise to yourself, right?
I agree, there is something about the New Year that allows for a clean slate. But if I might share the perspective of Benjamin Franklin and pose this question, why put off till tomorrow what you can do today…perhaps you will approach this next week looking at the big picture. Let’s dig deep over the next 7 days and give ourselves a little wiggle room for Christmas Day. Whatever you’re counting, be it calories, macros, or sugar intake…keep counting. Maybe have fruit to curb the sweet tooth or a low calorie flavored water instead of the holiday party punch. Two words to keep in mind over the next 7 days…BE MINDFUL. Come Christmas dinner, you will thank yourself.
Let’s look at a possible strategy now:
- Keep your routine the same: If you typically wake up, have breakfast and workout, then do just that. If your Christmas dinner isn’t until late afternoon/early evening, have a light healthy lunch before hand. Avoid waking up with the mindset of not eating until you get to dinner, just so you can eat as much as you want then. That is a sure way to position yourself for overeating.
- Plan before you plate: Get a good look at your food options before you decide what you are going to put on your plate. Think about vegetables first. The fiber will get you full without leaving room to over do it. Then decide your protein…your minimal carbs…and your sweet treats.
- Just say no: As hard as it may be, decline the doggy bag. Consume all of your splurging calories at the dinner. The last thing you want is that slice of pecan pie staring at you when you’re getting ready for bed. This will help you get right back on track after enjoying the fatty goodness with your friends and family.
- Most importantly…thank the cook! If you didn’t have to prepare it…you’re already winning.
You can still enjoy the holiday season without totally needing a new wardrobe at the end of it. Just think, everything in moderation. Use the next 7 days to your advantage. Stay as focused as you can. Get as many workouts in as you can. Eat as healthy as you can. You’ll find the ‘hungry fight’ the day after Christmas won’t be nearly as bad…nor will the fight at the gym. So, the ‘New Year New Me’ mantra doesn’t have to wait until 2018, it can actually start today.