Thank God the holidays are ONCE a year! LOL!!!
Now that you have Thanksgiving behind you, it’s time to not only recover from it, but it is also time to re-commit & prepare yourself for Christmas & New Year’s Eve celebrations!
That’s right…more food, more drinks, & more CHOICES!!!
Here’s the deal: There is no need for you to let the steering wheel go! No need to wait to decide to WAIT for January to get back on track. Today is your January!
Here are 4 tips to help you get back on track & STAY ON TRACK through the holiday season:
1. Stick to your normal routine: For some straaaaaange reason, many of us believe in starving ourselves before, during, & after the holiday feast. WHY???? If you are creating a lifestyle, then NOTHING from your daily regimen changes. There is no need to omit meals. Usually when you omit meals, you end up binging or making up for it in the end. Stick to your 5-6 meals a day. Start the day off with a good breakfast, packed with protein. Add lots of veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains. Yep…it’s that simple. The hardest part is making the CHOICE to make a BetterChoice.
2. Drink Your Water: Another lifestyle regimen that folks tend to move away from during the holidays–drinking water! WHY??? Is it because you have consumed too many sugary beverages like sodas & egg nog? Did you consume too many alcoholic beverages OR did you just eat to damn much that you have no room for anything to drink? Drinking water is a habit you want to maintain no matter what day of the year it is. Water keeps you properly hydrated, system flushed, and fills you up to prevent you from overeating. Drink up!
3. Get Active!: Either you have seen them or folks were watching YOU! lol!!! You know, that mad workout before that holiday meal! You know the thought process—I’m going to store up some calories between not eating & burning 20,000 calories in the gym!!! WHY????? Stick to your lifestyle. It’s about getting in at least 30 minutes of cardio activity every day! It’s that simple. Of course, as you progress, you can increase your cardio time & definitely incorporate strength training 2-3 times per week. The takeaway here is about you maintaining your activity regimen.
Remember, your lifestyle does not change based on the holiday season. The things you do today to maintain your health, weight loss, & wellness, are the same things you will do tomorrow.
4. It’s just a choice: Dealing with the “aftermath” of the holiday feasting can bring you down if you allow it to. You already know, you hit the scale and you are ready to throw it out the damn window! You begin feeling discouraged or feeling like you let yourself down. Here’s the truth: Change your thought process. Instead of focusing on what you perceive to be a negative outcome, look at the positive. You had a great time with family & friends. Yes, you may have overindulged but there is no need to feel down & out about the decisions you made. Here’s the empowerment: If you don’t like the outcome, employ a different process. You have the power to get back on track & to get moving. Let’s not waste time regretting the holidays! Let’s set ourselves up to win today & every day moving forward!
As always, thank you for time, love & support. We hope what we have shared has helped you. Be sure to share this info with family & friends.
-Eric & Maleka Beal
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Eric and Maleka Beal are health coaches and co-founders of BetterChoices, a health & wellness company and social community focused on educating, advocating, and promoting better health and wellness through lifestyle, nutrition, and fitness education.