Happy December 28, y’all! Can you believe that we’re just days away from the new year? Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with NYE following closely behind, it can become easy for the last few weeks of the year to turn into one big party. The mindset of “I’ll start fresh in the new year,” can set in making your health and fitness goals fall to the wayside. I used to fall into this trap, but now I try to steer clear as much as possible! Over the years, I’ve discovered a few tips and tricks that help me bounce back after holidays, long weekends, or even lazy days and resume my normal routine.
ONE // Pick up where you left off
I’m currently in the middle of the last week of an exercise program I’ve been doing for the last few months. I always struggle with completing programs and didn’t think this one would be any different. However, I started it in October and now I only have three days left! This program carried me through both Thanksgiving and Christmas. I didn’t work out on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day, but instead of beating myself up over it or freaking out over the schedule changes, I just jumped back in! I’ll be wrapping it up on Friday just in time to start fresh for 2017.
TWO // Get off the scale
Seriously. Get off the scale! For most people, a little bit of holiday weight gain is inevitable, especially if you took a few rest days in addition to an extra piece of pie. Unless you just went completely crazy for the whole week, those pounds are nothing but water weight and will be gone within a few days of resuming your normal schedule. Missed workouts happen. Overeating happens.
THREE // Give yourself a boost
Sometimes ignoring the scale and jumping back in as if nothing happened is easier said than done. In those cases I like to give myself a little extra boost. Many times this comes in the form of new workout clothes that make me feel great. I recently had a couple of Fabletics credits to burn and I put them to good use. Within just a few clicks, Oxalis and Brady were all mine. 🙂
FOUR // Plan your workouts
I am T-totally a list maker and a planner. Something about having a plan just makes me feel so at ease. I love to sit down at the beginning of the week to plan the workouts I’ll be doing for the next few days. If you usually walk into the gym (or your home workout area) and just do something, try making a plan and see how you feel afterward!
FIVE // Meal Prep
This goes hand-in-hand with planning your workouts! If you are trying to jump back on the clean eating train, prepping is the best way to do that. You are about 100% more likely to stick to healthy choices when you have healthy choices ready to grab! Some of my favorite healthy snacks are apples and peanut butter, ants on a log (celery, peanut butter, and raisins), or larabars. The quick snacks are especially great when you’re still busy with holiday obligations toward the end of the year.
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