Let’s face it, the holidays challenge our willpower. We’re busier than ever, more stressed than usual, there are temptations everywhere, and so many convenient excuses for not sticking with our wellness plans. However, there is no reason we can’t stay motivated throughout the celebratory season.
By setting a few simple goals for yourself before (or during) the holiday craziness begins, you’ll be well positioned to stay on track for a happy and healthier holiday season!
Let’s dive into making realistic holiday goals!
REMEMBER TO MAKE YOUR GOALS SMART!
Specific: I’m going to strength train (arms, legs, and core) 3 times per week for the next 3 months.
Measurable: I’m going to track my measurements (arms, legs, and core) in Anytime Health to see results.
Attainable: I have time to work out 5 times per week, which makes 3 strength workouts possible.
Relevant: I want to look good in my wedding dress and toning through strength training will help achieve that look.
Time Frame: 3 months gives me time to focus on improving my arm, leg, and core strength.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS:
1. Plan your social events ahead of time. Make sure to have your evenings planned out in advance. This way, even if your calendar is jam-packed, you can prepare an on-the-go healthy snack before you leave the house; or pack a gym bag to work out during lunch.
2. Compromise with yourself. Don’t tell yourself you can’t eat any of the holiday treats, just realize that you can’t eat ALL the holiday treats. Remember, if you’re enjoying a few alcoholic beverages and eating a cookie as well, you’re getting extra calories from two different sources. Try setting a goal to stick to 1-2 drinks per event and choose a smaller dessert to savor or share with a friend!
3. Make your own. If you know that you’ll be tempted but are determined to avoid the unhealthy options that are often found at parties, make it a goal to bring a healthy appetizer or dessert to each party you attend. This way you’ll have at least one healthy option available.
4. Watch the clock. When food is prepared and readily available it’s easy to eat and eat and eat. Make it a goal to give yourself 20-30 minutes for each course so that your stomach has time to communicate with your brain, giving you a chance to realize you’re full.
5. Be social. If you find yourself grazing when standing next to the buffet table, make it a goal to seek out someone who is sitting elsewhere. Or start a game of cards or bring out the monopoly. In many cases, out of sight, out of mind will apply and you’ll find yourself enjoying the company and not thinking about the food!
6. Make exercise a priority. Even when the weather gets cold and your schedule gets busy, you need to make an effort to get your blood pumping. Try adding workouts to your calendar just like you add other events and don’t give yourself any excuse to skip out. Make it a goal to exercise for at least 30 minutes, five days per week.