Ah yes, it’s that time of year again. Time for cookies, candy, and a whole lot of weight gain! Wait, what? Yeah, I’m sure you all have heard the stats before, but many people end up gaining quite a few pounds from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Maybe it’s the pumpkin pie, grandma’s old fashioned cooking, or the stress from having to Christmas shop, I don’t know, but it really doesn’t have to be that way. You just have to stay motivated during this time of the year! You can keep that weight gain off, but it’s going to consist of a little self-control and hard work on your part. It might suck at first, but it will be worth it in the end!
I’m not going to lie, I was that guy who stuffed his face full during the holidays! I have a picture from about 5 years ago during Christmas where I looked like the Pillsbury Doughboy, and it was because I ate everything in site during the previous 2 months. Anytime I saw a cookie I ate it, anytime I was offered egg nog, I never passed it up. I guess I just didn’t care, well initially until I looked in the mirror! Oh and I REALLY slacked with my workouts as well. When I made the shift to a more healthier lifestyle in March of 2008, I knew that the holidays would be tough, but I would do what I needed to do so that I stayed healthy and had no regrets. Here are some of my tips on how to stay motivated during the holidays.
(1) Set a weight loss goal from Thanksgiving to December! I know, you’re probably thinking that this doesn’t sound very enjoyable, but making a goal will help you stay motivated and committed. Write down your goal and place it somewhere you will see it every day, like on your fridge or next to your computer.
(2) Find a success partner! Don’t do it alone! Find yourself a success partner that can hold you accountable every day, and maybe you even work out with him or her every day as well. When you have to report how you did that day to your partner, you’re MUCH more likely to stay committed!
(3) Reward yourself on January 1. Maybe you make it a mission to eat healthy and work out every single day during the holidays, and if you do, then you can reward yourself with a new pair of jeans, a new iPod, whatever, come the beginning of the new year!
(4) Think before you act! If you struggle greatly with eating healthy and not giving in to temptations, before you go indulging in everything you can get your hands on, take a minute to think about how you will feel afterwards. Most people regret it and feel guilty afterwards, and you will find that it really just isn’t worth it! That minute you take before going crazy and eating everything in sight can help you keep the pounds off during the holidays.
Hopefully these tips will help you stay motivated during the holidays!