Staying on track through the Holidays
The holiday season can be rough for many to get through when it comes to staying on track, working toward a healthier lifestyle, and focusing on macros. Remember that holidays and vacations are here for a reason. That reason is to allow us to take a step back from work, school, and other stresses to focus on our family, happiness, faith, and health. The reason we have gatherings are to spend time together as family and friends, to celebrate with the people we love the most. Gorging yourself on food should not be the thing we are drawn to. Rather, feed your body with nourishing food and feed your soul with your family.
Why we fail to stay on track
We fail to follow through or stick to the plan simply because we are weak. There is no other reason. There is always a way to track, hit the macros or simply fast. You mentally choose to eat carbs, overeat or nibble on things we know are not optimal. There are many excuses and some are really good, but is it worth it? Remember, the only person you are hurting is yourself, the only goals that are being set back are yours. Get mentally strong, grow and stretch yourself.
Tips for staying on track during the holiday season
As mentioned above there are many ways to stay on track, I will list a few.
Learn how to say no
Offer to bring a main dish or side (One that you are able to eat)
Fast through the holiday
Bring your own food
Keep it simple, Focus on the meat and light veggies
Dont even entertain the idea of eating what you know you shouldn't
Remember the reason you are at the gathering
Drink plenty of water
Stay away from alcohol
Eat OMAD for the day
Eat most of your food before gathering then get a small plate
Bring a small food scale (they have ones as small as a phone)
Make the gym a daily must, even if its at home
Have a partner there who understands you are trying to better yourself and can have your back
Decide what is more important
Why are you cutting? What is the reason for you focusing on your health and nutrition? Could in be to be there, alive and healthy for the ones you are spending time with? Possibly to feel more confident in yourself? Is the reason strong enough? Find your reason and remind yourself each morning why you do what you are doing. Remind yourself that it will be worth it.
When family & friends dont understand
As mentioned above, know your reason. Remind people that it is your body and you are doing what you believe to be best for you and your health. If people don’t like what you are doing or eating, more than likely it is an insecurity within themselves. Most people aren’t concerned with their food, nutrition, and health. When you bring up the fact that you are taking action with yours, it makes them insecure and allows them to recognize what they could be doing for themselves. This right here is the best way you can be an example for the people you want to see healthy and happy. Be the leader in the group of family and friends. Take action and they shall follow. Most importantly stick to it for yourself. Why give up or give in now?
This Holiday season I challenge you all to stay true to the commitment you have made yourself. Be stronger than you ever knew you could be.
Crystal Love- DSK Coach
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