It’s no secret that we all tend to eat and drink more during the holiday season– which, let’s be honest, is part of the magic of it all (until the holiday season is over and you feel like a stuffed sausage in your jeans, just me?). The inspiration for this post came from the whole #goalswithgrace movement on Instagram. If you don’t follow me on IG and you have no idea what I’m talking about you should follow me here and then we can hold each other accountable! This post is kind of a break down of what the #goalswithgrace holiday challenge looks like, plus a few more tips and tricks to stay on track during the holiday season! I’d love to hear how you stay on track and hold yourself accountable too, comment below! xo.
Work Out Monday-Friday
…and if you miss a day during at the week, make up for it on the weekend. It doesn’t matter what this “workout” looks like. Don’t feel like you have to go run four miles for a workout to count for something. It can be a simple 20 minute ab & lunge circuit while you watch your weekly show, squats while you hold your crying baby, taking the long way to class, etc. The whole point is to move your body and sweat more days than not.
Limit Alcohol During The Week
Listen, if it’s just one of those days and you want to pour a glass of wine, do it! The whole point of making lifestyle changes are to make changes that are realistic and that you can commit to (more days than not). I live with the mentality of 80/20. I can truly say that 80% of the things that I choose to do are in line with being my healthiest, best self. But, there is the 20% where I allow myself to indulge and enjoy… because what is life if not? The truth is that alcohol calories add up, and they add up quickly. If you know that you are going to indulge and drink a lot on the weekend, give your body a break during the week. Obviously, when holidays fall on the week days, indulge and enjoy- but, just make sure you’re being mindful and making up for it somewhere else in your week.
Drink Your Water
Depending upon where you live in the country sometimes the last thing you want to do when its freezing outside is drink cold water, but it’s so important. I shared on my IG stories how I hold myself accountable with my water consumption. I bought a pretty glass carafe and I keep it on my counter & full throughout the day. I am a visual person, so for me this helps me to know how much I’ve consumed, or not. Also, it’s pretty and feels more luxurious than a plastic bottle. If you are on the go, I suggest investing in a water bottle that you like. I remember when I was in college we all had those camelback water bottles and I remember genuinely enjoying drinking water out of it. It may sound cheesy, but you have to find what works for you.
Don’t Show Up Anywhere Starving
Whether its a cocktail party or a dinner out with friends– do your best to not show up anywhere ravenous. This one is the one that I struggle with the most. To be honest, sometimes I am so busy at home that I don’t make sitting down to eat a priority and then dinner rolls around and I eat ten times more than I should… and I am even more guilty of this when I know that we are going out for a meal. Anyway, eat a banana, make a smoothie, or have something at home so that you are at least a little satisfied before showing up somewhere that has all the finger foods and appetizers. We can work on this one together 🙂
…of what you eat, drink, how much you sleep, the people you choose to spend your time with, what you say “yes” and “no” to. Just being mindful of your life is one of the first steps to changing it. If something doesn’t make you happy, don’t do it. Don’t spread yourself too thin– you don’t owe an explanation after a “no”, “no” is a complete sentence. The holiday season is truly a busy one, with parties, work dinners, events, etc and that is part of the magic of the season, but if you aren’t mindful, you will run yourself into the ground.
Practice Healthy Travel Habits
That’s a terrible header, lol, but I couldn’t come up with anything better. What I mean by this is that if you are traveling during this season, try to do it the healthiest and safest way possible. For airline travel, up your vitamin C the week before and pack disinfecting wipes to wipe down your seat, tray, arm rest– literally anything that you will touch. If you are driving somewhere, make sure that you pack healthy snacks so that you don’t find yourself elbow deep in a bag of McDonalds because you didn’t plan ahead.
here’s to the magical moments. xo, G