T-minus five days till…
There is so much to appreciate during this time of year. People tend to be in better moods, and are more giving, loving, and empathetic. It is truly wonderful, and it makes me feel so at peace.
I am currently waiting to board a flight to my home town to finally spend Christmas with my family. It has been two years since I’ve spent a holiday with them, so I am extremely grateful that I was able to do it this year. My head is full of positive thoughts, and I can’t wait to love on my family and friends.
I’ll be honest though, I am a little nervous about being on prep during this trip. I am 12 weeks out, so it’s getting close to crunch time! The house I grew up in is about 25 minutes away from the nearest grocery store and gym, which I will need daily access to. I’ll be lucky if my dad lets me drive his truck, because last time I visited, I managed to back into it which left a pretty huge dent on the side. I’m just nervous about balancing my goals withy family time, but I know that my family supports me in this and will understand what I need to do and why.
I’m not too worried about staying on track, because I am very disciplined and self-assured. I want to succeed in this journey. As much as I will want my grandma’s christmas cookies, the thought of me being on stage with an incredible physique is so much more satisfying.
If you struggle to stay on track and committed to your healthy routine during the holidays, you’re not alone! Everyone wants to pig out on all of the goodies laying around, and then fall asleep with a full tummy. I really wish I could do that. With that being said, I have a few tips for anyone who is seeking advice for living healthfully during the holiday season!
–Prep your meals! Make it a priority. Sure, you may have people comment on how odd it is to eat differently than the others, but assure them of your goals and they should understand. If they don’t understand, frick them.
–Cut out the alcohol. This is so hard for many people! Especially because everyone wants to get tipsy and have a good, care free time. If you plan on having a drink or two, stick to a vodka soda or something low-calorie.
–Be mindful when eating. For example, being aware of how many handfuls of popcorn you’ve had, or the amount of cookies you’ve eaten. It’s easy to let your habits get the best of you and “only have one more.” Eat slowly, drinks after, and enjoy.
-Be active! It is so important to move our bodies and give them some fresh air, especially if you’ve been indulging in many treats. It may sound like the last thing you’ll want to do, but I promise you that you’ll feel so much better taking a walk after dinner.
–Be present. it is so easy to get caught up in all of the stress that the holidays bring, but you’ve got to try to keep in mind that it’s a time for love, family, friends, and pure enjoyment. It will benefit your mentality with achieving your goals.
I just want to make it clear that if you are unable to meal prep, that is OK! Shoot, if you are unable to do any of this, that is okay, as long as it is okay to you. Your health and happiness matters. Don’t kill yourself over trying to be the picture of health this holiday season, but it’s important to challenge yourself. Otherwise, how will you grow?
If you can discipline yourself, you will set yourself up for success and I promise you will reach your goals. Think about what you want, plan ahead how you can achieve it, take action, and don’t stop until you’re satisfied.
I encourage you to take the next step in your self-improvement journey, whatever it may be. If it is attempting to eat healthier, I hope this post has served you. Writing these kinds of posts really make my day, so thank you endlessly for reading.