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The Holidays can be a time a great temptations that can derail your weight loss progress.  Holiday parties can make it impossible to stick with a nutrition plan.  End of the year deadlines make for a busy work schedule that keep you in the office and out of the gym.  Travel plans make it even more challenging.  Seriously, have you ever tried to find something healthy to eat in an airport?  Not to mention this can be a highly stressful time of year.  If you are a stress eater you may find cravings hitting you harder than usual during the Holiday Season.  With all the detractors it may seem like it’s just not possible.  Oh well, I’ll start after New Years.  Unfortunately, throwing in the towel can set you back even further and cause you to pack on extra pounds that you will be regretting later on.  Here’s a guide to making it out alive.

Shift Your Focus. 

Losing weight is difficult even under the best of circumstances.  With all the distractions and temptations, losing weight during The Holidays may be a little too much.  Instead of stressing about weight loss this may be a good time to focus on maintaining weight.  Getting through the season without adding to the scale is a victory in its self.  Shifting you mindset to maintain your weight rather than trying to lose can alleviate some of the pressure and allow you to enjoy your Holidays.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

So you’ve been less than perfect with your nutrition and you haven’t seen the inside of a gym in a couple weeks.  You’re feeling down and even a little angry with yourself.  You’re losing the progress you were making and the mountain is going to be even steeper to climb once you get back to it. The worst thing we can do when we fall short of our goals is to start talking negatively.  Beating yourself up will only make you feel even more defeated.  Stay positive and realize that the current circumstances are only temporary.  You will get back on track as soon as possible.  Allow yourself the freedom to be human and make the best of the situation.

Don’t Throw it All Away

Just because you can’t eat perfectly right now doesn’t mean you should say “Eff it” and eat whatever you want.  Not being able to go to the gym as often as you would like shouldn’t become an excuse to stop going completely.  Allow yourself to be less than perfect and have some slack.  Enjoy your favorite foods and time with loved ones.  The mental break will be good for you.  The last thing you want to do is let your health and fitness come to a complete stop.  Enjoy your Holidays and indulge a bit, but keep your momentum going.  If you stop altogether it will be even harder to get started again when the time comes.  Maintaining a bit of focus will position you to get back on track once the Holidays are over.

This time of year is difficult for anyone trying to watch his or her weight.  Stressing out and getting down on yourself will only make it worse.  Give yourself a little slack.  Enjoy the Season and keep a bit of momentum going and you will be able to survive.  And remember it’s only a temporary situation.  You will be back to being your usual Rock Star self once things return to normal.

Kristine

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