The holidays are upon us.
I’m sure that most of you are super excited for them (and rightfully so), but I’m sure there is one thing on your mind - the dreaded holiday weight gain.
Here are a few things to help you stick to your routine and avoid the holiday blues weight gain!
1. Over Indulgence
This doesn’t mean that you can’t have your favorite holiday food or treats. It’s that you don’t want to eat so much that you’re left on the couch in a coma missing the second half of the football game...and again for the nightcap.
Stick to 1 plate.
Don’t go back for seconds.
Simple as that.
Make protein and vegetables the centerpiece of your meal. Load up with as much protein as you want. Same with veggies. Dedicate the remaining space on your plate to your favorite side(s).
Plan your desserts. Are you going to multiple places in one day? Then pick one place where you will have your dessert. Or, if you’re staying in one place and will have multiple opportunities to have dessert, pick one time where you will have it and stick to it.
Limit yourself to that one day. Don’t string Thanksgiving, or any of the other holidays, through the end of the year making it a multiple day event and an excuse to eat poorly. Leftovers? NOPE! Give it to your family. Package it up and take it to the local food shelter. Just make sure that whatever is left over, isn’t in your house or you’re not bringing it into your house.
2. Decrease in Physical Activity
The weather gets colder. It gets dark earlier. It’s more comfortable to stay in the warmth of your own home.
It happens. However, the reality is that if you want to continue to live a happy and healthy lifestyle and enjoy the results that you’ve worked hard for, then you’re going to have to put in the work to maintain it.
Find an activity that you enjoy and that you will do at least 3x per week. Going to the gym and lifting weights, yoga, rec league volleyball…it doesn’t really matter.
Just find something that is active, that you enjoy, and that you know that you will look forward to doing at least 3x per week.
3. Shift in Mindset
The weather getting colder and less sunlight is a recipe for people caring less about their health & wellness. We see the pattern every year.
There can be a shift in hormones, nutrients, and vitamin availability and function during the winter months that can contribute to this. Avoid allowing yourself to be a victim.
Stick to your habits before the holiday season came around.
Keep a regimented schedule. If you have a schedule, then you’re much more likely to stick to it and avoid the blunders of decision fatigue toward the end of a day or a late night invitation that doesn’t fit into your plans.
Think the opposite of others. This might sound a bit weird or even harsh, but if you find yourself conforming to the group and repeatedly giving into the things that you know will not benefit you going into the New Year, then quickly shift your focus. You might upset a few people, but if you communicate why you’re refraining and in a respectful manner, then they should give the same respect right back and support your decision.
So there you go.
Focus on those 3 areas this holiday season and watch your New Years be a bit different than in the past, as you won’t have to experience the consequences of the holidays!
Yoga Central is full of warm and compassionate teachers who will help guide you on your yoga journey whether you are a beginner or have been practicing for many years.
Thank you for a wonderful 15 months of love, laughter and joy!
Each one of you that comes up those stairs are important to Yoga Central and we wish you a happy and safe holiday season!
Don’t forget we will have Black Friday- Cyber Monday specials for the yogis in your life or for YOU!!
See you on the mat!