The most asked question… so here are my top 3 ways to not lose progress this holiday season!
1. Change Your Mindset
Tricked Ya! I actually don’t believe in merely SURVIVING the holidays. I believe in LIVING through the holidays… yes that’s right, I don’t believe this time of year is the time to be so hyper-focused, stressed, and anxious about food, diet, and exercise. In fact, I believe it’s the opposite.
So you missed a week of working out because you were traveling across the country and your hometown doesn’t have a gym nearby and there’s no time because Grandma wants you to help her make her famous Apple Pie and she’s forcing you to try some because HOW can you not help GMA with pie and NOT taste it?
Yeah, life happens. And it will continue to happen and IT’S OKAY! ONE or TWO weeks of missing workouts will not ruin your progress. Have you ever seen drastic results after one week of working out? No, I don’t think so. So yeah, I don’t think you’ll see drastic results in the opposite direction of missing one or two weeks.
Change your mindset? Yeah, stop focusing on how you’re going to lose progress and start focusing on what this time of year REALLY is all about. Family.
2. Commit to 5 Minutes A Day
If you’re so concerned about losing progress, let me challenge you to do this. Commit to JUST 5 minutes a day. Often times 5 minutes turns into 10, then 15 then 30. If we can at least commit to the first 5 minutes (5 minutes so much less intimidating!), then actually accomplishing the goal becomes a whole lot easier.
If a workout isn’t in the cards today try meditating, meal prepping, journaling or saying self-affirmations. These all contribute to our overall progress and process. You can’t have one without the other.
Commit to JUST 5 minutes a day and you will be amazed at how many goals you’ll accomplish once the new year rolls around.
3. Encourage Others
You are the product of the 5 people you hang around with. Truly.
Get your friends and family involved. It’s amazing how much fun health and fitness can be when we’re all in it together! I always feel so motivated when I’m striving for a goal with a friend or when I plan a workout with my family. This could be a fun bonding opportunity for the whole family.
And it doesn’t have to necessarily be going to the gym or making smoothie bowls (LOL!) Maybe you all put together a flag football game, go for a walk down the block, look up a new healthy restaurant you’ve dying to try.
Get creative and encourage each other! More often than not, we’re all feeling the same way.