3 Tips For A Healthy Holiday


The holidays are here, which typically means travel and larger than life portion sizes (lest we forget pumpkin spice). Meanwhile, gyms everywhere are going unused and workout videos are going unwatched. It seems like if you’re not stuck in traffic headed to grandma’s house then you’re working overtime to pay for gifts. So when the hell do you have time for fitness? All that progress you made during summer shredding comes to a screeching halt. But just because you’re on a holiday break, doesn’t mean your goals have to be. Your health should be a priority all year round. And not just when it’s the season of showing more skin. I don’t want those gains to be lost in vain, so here are some tips to keep in mind when you are on the go this holiday season. 

B.Y.O.F.

Whether it’s a Christmas party, visiting the family, or road trips, you can always bring your own food. Stock up on healthy snacks so you don’t end up at a fast food drive thru. If you’re driving, gas station almost always have nuts, seeds, protein bars, and even fruit! And if you’re worried about overeating on stuffing and mashed potatoes, you can always fill up on healthy foods before you get there. There’s nothing wrong with indulging in your Mama’s cooking, but overindulging can have consequences. 

Bring Your Workout Inside

It might be too cold outside to go for a run, but you can find plenty of things to do inside. Even if you are visiting friends and family, you can find the time and place for a little holiday sweat. Obviously this time of year is about spending time with loved ones. But I’m sure they will understand if you need 30-60 minutes to take care of you. You can visit a local gym or follow along at home workout videos. You can also include them in your activities by walking around the mall or do something fun like go ice skating! 

Remember Your Goals 

Is that extra servings of macaroni and cheese casserole worth ditching your health goals? The holidays come once a year, so enjoy yourself. You can still have a fun filled holiday without throwing your goals on the back burner. It shouldn’t take having 3 different deserts to have a good time. Your goals won’t happen if you don’t put in the work. I mean, think about it. Your body doesn’t care about how your taste buds feel. Remember, we’re trying to reach long term goals. Think about why you want to live a healthy lifestyle. You’re going to have numerous opportunities to cheat yourself. Don’t do it.

How will you stay active this winter?

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5 Steps to a Positive Self Image

The way you perceive yourself is created throughout your life by events and circumstances. For example, after I’m finished writing this post I will feel quite impressed with myself. On the other hand, I skipped my workout 3 times in one week, which fills me with disappointment. There are things you can do to give yourself a positive self image.

Having one bad thought to lead to another negative thought and you will be caught in a paralyzing spider web. Unfortunately, the world can be a vicious place. I’ve had criticism thrown at me from every direction once or twice in my life and it can break you down. But we are women and we are strong so here are a few tips that I hope stay with you.

 

  1. Write a list of the things you like about yourself. Every time you think of something you like besides your physical appearance (weight, height or hair color), remind yourself that beauty is more than skin-deep. There’s nothing sexier than a woman with a strong sense of self-acceptance, openness and confidence.
  2. Surround yourself with positive people. it is easier to feel good about yourself and your body when you are around others who are supportive and who recognize the importance of self-acceptance. If you hang out with “friends” who are constantly tearing you down, they are clearly not worth your time.
  3. Treat yourself to something you enjoy to let your body know how much you love it. Relax outside on a sunny day, write a poem, or take a hot bubble bath. This will allow yourself some “me time”. Do things that you enjoy and are good at. You may discover something about yourself or even a hidden talent, which will take your confidence to another level.
  4. Stop comparing yourself to others. We all look at Instagram models and celebrities on tv and feel a little self-conscious. But these beautiful bodies weren’t born that way. Everyone has to start somewhere, but anything is possible. Use these photos as motivation. With a little hard work and a lot of dedication, you’ll get there too. The important thing is to always love yourself because it takes a lot of progress to achieve any goal.
  5. Your past is back there for a reason. Let go of all your failures and fears. Every day is a chance for you to start new. Be grateful! Instead of thinking about the past, think of how amazing your future is going to be. It’s just as important to be in the present as well as making goals and looking forward to your bright future. Forgive yourself and live the life you actually want to live.
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