The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year shouldn’t cause you any worry, guilt or shame. Body Positive Fitness Alliance cares about your full (mental, physical and emotional) health and we want you to pursue fitness in sane and sustainable ways. Here’s how to survive the holidays, the Fit2point0 way:
1. Eat whatever you want.
That’s right! Eat whatever you want!
But at the same time, stop eating when you are satisfied.
This method could help you eat much less than if you were to designate certain times or days over the holiday season to EAT ALL THE FOOD BECAUSE TOMORROW IT’S BACK TO THE DIET.
Five to ten scattered days of designated binging could leave you feeling like you’re on a roller coaster ride- binge, restrict, binge, restrict, binge, restrict. Sound familiar? Your brain, emotions and body likely hate this method. So STOP.
Tell yourself you can have whatever you want, whenever you want, as long as you eat mindfully by paying attention to the pace you’re eating, enjoying every bite (not eating just to eat), and stopping when you become satisfied or close to full.
You might find you’ll try things just for the taste and flavor- which is a stark contrast from eating all the sweets because this is the only day you can.
Enjoy the foods your friends and family have put their labor of love into. You won’t die. I promise.
It’s very likely you’ll find your workouts feel super fueled after a day of enjoying treats you may not normally. Bonus!
2. Move when you can.
Instead of taking out the November & December calendars to meticulously map out what days you will ABSOLUTELY go to the gym and follow your training plan only to fall short because you have to pick up Aunt Maddie from the airport on a moment’s notice because your brother flaked or get those last minute gifts because unexpected kids are accompanying your guests to your get together or your trip to get giftware turned into a three hour ordeal because EVERYWHERE IS SOLD OUT… and then NOT make it to the gym (which could result in self deprecation, guilt, bad feelings).
How about just agreeing to be kind to yourself and allowing yourself to find movement when you can?
The holidays and family get togethers are great excuses to check out new places to hike, walk, or do fun indoor activities. Some of the most soul-feeding moments I’ve had have been on a post-dinner walk with loved ones around the holidays. Jumping around for an hour with your kids at a trampoline park on Christmas vacation in lieu of leg day is A-OKAY.
3. Be kind to yourself.
Realize that some times in our lives are meant for physical and emotional growth and nurturing- and for a lot of people, the holidays are that time. So even if you do accidentally eat till your over full one day or don’t meet any of your movement goals for a week or two- remember- LIFE happens.
Focus on the emotional nurturing you’re getting by being holly jolly with friends and family and tell your body that you’re so grateful for all it does to house your life. By feeding our soul this time of year, we’re setting ourselves up for a great overall balance of full health (mental/physical/emotional) for the remainder of the year.
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