Staying on track during the holiday

It’s that time of year where your schedule is busier than normal, and your healthy lifestyle seems to take a backseat. Holiday season is usually tough on fitness goals. It’s important to take steps to keep yourself in check! 

Here are my top five tips to staying on track during the holiday season:

1. Drink water.

Stay hydrated. No matter what you’re doing you can always be drinking water. The recommended amount is Half of your body weight in ounces of water. Many times, when you think you’re hungry, your body is actually trying to tell you you’re thirsty. I suggest drinking a full 8 ounces of water before each meal. having trouble drinking water throughout the day? Try a Hydro jug! It comes with a strap so you can carry it around easily all day.  https://www.thehydrojug.com/

2. Eat before parties and gatherings.

I know that this is a tough tip! But never go to a party or gathering on an empty stomach. With all the snacks and unhealthy treats laying around you’ll be tempted to just grab whatever you can if you show up hungry. Eat before you arrive and moderately snack while you’re there. I promise it will be much easier to control your portion if you are not starving when you arrive. If it’s a dinner party, order something healthy for dinner and allow yourself a little treat after. If you’re bringing food, bake a healthier treat or bring vegetables or a fruit platter so that there’s at least one healthy option! Here’s a link to some fun recipes: https://www.acouplecooks.com/healthy-desserts/ 

3. Exercise.

I know this one seems like a given, but don’t give up going to the gym. Don’t let yourself start slacking off and saying you’ll do it another day. Continue to schedule your workouts. Put it on your calendar. And show up, especially on cheat meal days. Even if it’s taking an hour walk outside, just be sure to keep moving your body throughout the holidays. I know scheduling can get hectic with multiple parties and family visiting, that’s why it’s so important to focus on time management and make sure you schedule a time where you can get a workout in.

4. Selfies.

Continue to take pictures and track your progress daily. Tracking your progress throughout the holidays is even more important than every other time. Compare your pictures and be sure you’re staying on track. If you notice yourself not wanting to take pictures and finding it harder to find clothes you want to wear every day, my guess is you’re starting to feel a bit insecure and maybe not hitting your goals. Let’s avoid that and stay on track! 

5. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

With all of that said, enjoy the holidays and allow yourself a little bit of slack off. Maybe right now instead of trying to lose 10 pounds just focus on maintaining the weight you’re at. Switch up the goal so that you can still enjoy your family and the holiday season without draining your body. Keep moving and control your portions but allow yourself the rest and relaxation time when needed. One way you can save yourself some time is by sticking with Ideal Nutrition throughout the holiday season! Having a company making food for you that you know is good for you and going to help you stay on track is extremely important these last few months of the year. Don’t give up now. https://idealnutritionnow.com/ 

Hopefully these tips help you stay on track as we get closer to the end of the year! Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Comment below and let us know what they are!