#12 MGM: Enjoy the Holidays
It’s that time of year again – the holidays are here! It is so hard to believe that it is already Thanksgiving time and December is right around the corner. It feels like 2016 just started a week ago. But here we are with the holidays again. A joyful time filled family, friends, and our minds freaking about the possibility of going back to our old eating habits. I get it, the holidays can always be a struggle when you are trying to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
This week I challenge you to enjoy the holidays.
This holiday season make sure you enjoy the holidays. If you have been following along with Mighty Goal Monday, you have already established some great habits to help get you through the holidays and the rest of the year.
Find the right balance
With Thanksgiving this week, spend more time enjoying your time with your family and friends and less time being concerned about your healthy lifestyle changes, to an extent of course. You might be thinking “Wait why are you now telling me to forget about making healthy changes? This makes no sense.” And you are completely right. I am not saying forget about everything we have worked so hard to build over the past couple of months, instead, I want you to learn how to balance a healthy lifestyle filled with holidays, stressful times, and whatever else might come your way. Not everything is going to be easy and when the holidays comes we tend to just forget about all our hard work we have already put in. Not this year! We will work on finding the right balance that still allows us to enjoy the holidays.
Healthy Eating and the holidays
Grab a Plate
Enjoy your holidays with a plate in your hand instead of standing over the food. Avoid overeating appetizers and desserts by putting everything on a plate and walking away from the food. Take the conversation to the living room and enjoy what you put on your plate, instead of eating cheese and crackers one after the other.
You Can Cook anything Again
The holidays is not the only time you can get a turkey or your favorite holiday dish. You can cook the dish again in the summer. Ever heard of Christmas in July? Go ahead and make that turkey again in July. Knowing that you can cook your favorite dish sometime later in the year, allows you to prevent overeating it.
Thinking about going up for seconds? Drink a glass of water before you do to make sure you really are hungry for more. Remember it takes 10-15 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain you are full.
Stop eating while you are talking
Ever notice after having a conversation at the dinner table your food is already gone and you didn’t remember enjoying it? When you are talking and eating, you are more focused on the conversation to realize you are still eating. When a conversation is started, put down the fork and have the conversation then resume eating. Not only will you enjoy your food, you will also realize when you get full since your brain will have time to process the feelings.
Staying active during the holidays
Get Outside With the Family
Rake up all the leaves before the snow comes. Enjoy one last game of catch with your kids. Shovel the snow instead of using the snowblower. Build an awesome Igloo and go sledding with your kids. Go on a hike to somewhere new, just bundle up. Yes. it might be the holidays and a little bit busier, but that doesn’t mean you can not enjoy an activity outside for as little as ten minutes.
Run a Holiday Race
There are so many runs from now until the New Years. Find a local run and a buddy to run/walk with you. Make training part of your schedule and commit to having a great time this holiday season.
Set Up a Challenge
Challenges with friends and family members are a great way to stay motivated and competitive. Fitbit offers daily, weekly, and weekend challenges. MyFitnessPal offers challenges to log your meals and win awesome prizes! Endomondo is another app that allows you to make challenges with your friends. Challenges can be a great way to get the whole family involved and additional motivation you need to stay active during the holidays.
Try Something New
The holidays are a great time to try that class you have been thinking about trying. Odds are there will be other “newbies” trying out that same class, especially with the new year starting. Take full advantage of trial memberships and who know maybe you will find your new favorite class that you will make sure not to miss in the future.
Enjoy the holidays
The holidays are meant to be a time you enjoy with your family and friends and make it just that this year. Enjoy the crazy family members you see once a year. Enjoy the holiday traditions that you have. Enjoy the numerous amount of new memories you will make with others. Remember what the holidays are about and find that balance to maintain your healthy lifestyle and enjoy the holidays.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
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I started Mighty Goal Monday back in September and every week I post a new challenge. My focus for this blog series is to help you create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Check out previous Mighty Goal Mondays!