Do you hear it?
The sound of cocktail parties, decadent desserts, fruit and nut baskets and the “it’s too cold outside to workout” excuses that are coming our way very soon!
That’s why this post is necessary right NOW. Go into the holiday season with a plan to stay on track, or at least, not go over board when surrounded by temptation.
Here are 5 tips to help you stress less as we enter into the land of chocolates, ribbon candy, and creamy martinis.
Tip # 1 Keep your schedule consistent.
If you workout 5 days a week, continue to do so. Keep attending that spin class, getting up for your morning run, and making healthy choices as you would any other time of year. If a party gets in the way of your evening workout, try and schedule it in the morning instead. Find the time to fit in both!
If you do attend an evening party, sign up for a fitness class for the next morning. This will keep you aware of anything that may hinder your early wake up call.
Tip # 2 Come prepared
Whenever I attend a party or small gathering, I always bring a bottle of my favorite wine or a healthy food option.Think vegetable platter with cucumber & Greek yogurt dip, a big salad with beans and quinoa, or even a healthy dessert. This way, I’ll know that there is at least one healthy “go-to” snack that I can choose from.
It also helps to have a small meal before hand. Attending a party on a empty stomach can lead to over eating and not making the best food choices. Be prepared.
Tip # 3 Keep each other accountable and create a challenge!
It always helps to have a friend give you that extra push when you can’t seem to find the motivation to workout. Plan one a night week to meet up with friends for a walk or fitness class. Make it a priority.
Also, create a challenge/goal amongst yourselves that must be met by January 1st. Be ahead of the “New Year’s Resolution” crowd, and be each others cheerleader!
Tip # 4 Hang up your prize.
Take yourself to the mall and buy a killer new dress that fits you NOW. This is your Holiday dress and looks amazing on you! Remember it when you feel like you’re about to go overboard on that snickers cheesecake. You want to look your best at the next party!
Tip # 5. Count you cocktails
Create a drink limit for yourself and stick to it. If your limit is 3, stop there. This will help you nurse each drink, and avoid extra empty calories..or a hangover. Speaking of, always have a glass of water after each drink to help keep your body hydrated.
Best Cocktail Choices: Champagne, Wine, Wine Spritzers (with club soda), or Clear alcohol with club soda and a lime/lemon.
The Holiday season is about family and friends coming together for celebrations.
Keep your schedule consistent, make the best choices in all situations, be prepared, and remember that this time of the year is short lived. Enjoy every moment of it.