They are here! Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s are just around the corner and for the majority of us that means added stress, temptations, overindulgence and excuses! This is the time of year when most people make excuses as to why they don’t have the time to workout or why they don’t have the money to eat healthy. The problem is, we all have an excuse (or two) this time of year. “I would work out, but…” Do you know what the word “but” stands for? “Behold the Underlying Truth.” Anytime you start to use the word “but,” swap it out for the word “and.” That way instead of skipping your workout, you’ll figure out a way to get to everything on your to-do list.
Here are the most common excuses I hear—and some tips to help toss them out the window!
“I don’t have time.” This is the most common excuse year ‘round. And during the holidays when time becomes even more crunched, it’s in full force. You won’t find time; you have to make time. Make exercise your first priority in the morning. That way you work out before your day gets away from you. Our Hot for the Holidays Bootcamp groups gives you everything you need to succeed from a personalized fitness and nutrition plan to motivation and support!
“I don’t want to miss out.” ‘Tis the season of splurges. Trouble is, when we splurge at every meal, we aren’t really splurging. We are just eating… unhealthily. Give yourself a budget of three splurges each week and enjoy them however you choose. This will force you to only splurge when it’s worth it. When it’s not, say “no thank you.” Focus on how fabulous you feel as you start the New Year with no holiday weight to work off.
“I’ll start in January.” Postponing exercise just means you’ll have more fat to work off when you actually start that New Year’s resolution. Research shows those people who have excess poundage heading into winter actually gain five pounds on average over the holiday season (three times the average holiday weight-gain). Make your weight-loss efforts easier by getting out of your all-or-nothing mindset. Commit to eating healthy 90 percent of the time and working out for 30 minutes a day each week and keep those holiday and winter pounds off!
Here are some helpful tips to help you survive the holiday season
- Plan a Silent Night – Before the season begins, block out some days on your calendar for nothing but relaxation. Try a hot epsom salt bath with your favorite essential oil, or enjoy a festive holiday drink by the light of the fire with your significant other.
- Delegate – You don’t have to do it all. Let family members do some of the baking and decorating, or if you really trust your hubby put him in charge of the shopping (but make a list to keep them on task).
- Chop Your Lists in Half – Most of us really do more than we need to. This year try cutting every holiday list, from your to-do list to your shopping list in half. Bake half the amount of cookies, do half the chores, buy half as much. This will give you less stress, less bills to pay off in the New Year.
- Party While You Work. Get together with friends to wrap presents or bake cookies. The work may not get done any faster, but you’ll have fun while you are working.
- Give Yourself a Break – Treat yourself to an afternoon with a friend, catch a chick flick, or get a manicure. It will do wonders for your attitude. And if you get your nails done, it will do wonders for your holiday look.
- Plan Ahead – The more you can do ahead of time, the easier the holidays are, so plan now to start getting ready for next Christmas in the New Year. Delegate a cupboard or some closet space to presents and shop the after-Christmas sales for everything from stocking stuffers and hostess gifts to wrapping paper and ribbon. Getting ready for the holidays a little at a time all year long is sure to make your holiday less stressful and more merry and bright!
- Burn Those Calories When You Can. – When you go to the mall for you holiday shopping, pick a spot far from the doors and get in a brisk walk. At work, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Even try a quick walk on your lunch break if you can.
I am going to run a 30 day HOT FOR THE HOLIDAYS BOOTCAMP starting on November 28th and running until the end of the year!
Here is what you can expect from this group:
1. A health and fitness program to fit your needs and goals.
2. Sample meal plans and recipes to help you stay accountable, to help you with quick easy meals and snacks to fit your lifestyle.
3. Daily accountability through a closed online support group.
4. Tips on handling holiday parties, a restaurant guide, traveling tips, and healthy alternatives to holiday favorites.
5. Motivation, Accountability every single day to help you end the year stronger than you started and the chance to start off 2017 with a bang!
What if you could lose a few pounds this holiday season, ring in the New Year feeling confident in that little black dress and HAVE A REALLY GREAT AND ENJOYABLE HOLIDAY SEASON?
So what are the requirements to participate in this group, because I know that’s your next question.
1. You must be a customer of mine on Team Beachbody, which means that I am assigned as your FREE coach. If you already have a coach please reach out to the person you work with. If you do not have an account, complete the application HERE.
2. You must commit to a fitness program and nutrition plan in which we will discuss options that are best for you, your ability level, your time constraints and your needs.
3. You must commit to checking into the accountability group daily and reporting progress.
Are you in? Does this sound like something you would like to do??? Let me help you make this your healthiest holiday yet!