Pounds Lost: 65
Pounds To Go: 103
Holidays are upon us, and for years that has meant that healthy eating is thrown out the window with the promise of starting anew in the New Year. A black cloud of cheat days looms and is seemingly unavoidable this time of year. HOWEVER… does it have to be that way? Do we have to sacrifice the progress we are making on ourselves to participate in the holidays? Is it really easier to just have a cheat day than stay on track? The truth rests within your commitment and conviction to being on a healthy journey in the first place! You don’t have to give up on yourself for the rest of December in order to celebrate the holidays! No judgment, if you choose to, but please place a drop of awareness on the fact that it is a choice. Staying true to your healthy ways may be a challenge, but it is not impossible! Here are some tips on how to stay true to your transformation through the holidays:
Be Honest With Your Family and Friends: This tip may be the hardest to follow, but I promise it is well worth it! If your family and friends don’t know about your health changing journey, then you need to tell them! Let them know about the hard work you are doing on yourself. Show them how committed you are by making them aware! Give them a holiday event heads up if you will, that you will be sticking to your eating plan and workouts throughout the holidays, and then prove it to them!!! You never know, you may be inspiring one of your family members or friends to do the same.
Eat BEFORE You Go: Never go to a holiday function hungry! You are setting yourself up for failure and you may even eat more than ever intended. Don’t fast all day so that you have calories saved up for the special meal! Don’t do it! Eat before you go, especially if you know that the options that align with your healthy diet path are limited.
Ask to Bring Something of Your Own: This goes back to that whole honesty thing. If you know that Granny’s Christmas Eve Buffet doesn’t include items that would fit within your eating plan, then ask if it would be ok if you brought something for yourself. You aren’t putting anyone out, you are coming prepared and if you stick to the items you bring, you will ensure your own success!
Talk and Socialize: This may be the biggest tip of them all!! If you occupy your time with socializing and really talking with people, they won’t even notice if you aren’t eating the same things they are! Better yet, you won’t be able to stuff your face with unhealthy options because you will be too busy talking. Holidays are all about spending time with the ones you love, right? So spend the time with them!
Create Alternatives to Your Favorites: Personally, I am following a Keto diet, which may seem scary when it comes to the holidays since most dishes and treats are carb and sugar centric, but really, there are alternatives! Take your favorite dishes and rework them so that they fit within your plan. For example, there are amazing low-carb Keto friendly mixes and recipes for cookies, cakes, and holiday treats, you just have to do a little research and make them your way. See those cookies pictured above… totally Keto!!
Bottom line is, being on a journey of health does not mean that you have to avoid the holidays! Embrace the joy of each event and don’t stress about how you sticking to your plan will be received by everyone else. People who love you want you to be healthy! Never be afraid to being that person who stays healthy through the holidays, you will thank yourself for being ahead of the resolution game come the New Year!