Staying On Track With Diet & Exercise Throughout the Holidays
It’s no secret that I have struggled with food issues in my past. I’ve been the girl obsessed with her weight, depressed about her body and even the girl who has starved herself to lose a few pounds. I’ve been a crash dieter, a gymaholic, and even a diet pill taker.
When I got pregnant with Rory, I knew that gaining excessive weight would make the postpartum period even rougher and being in charge of another human was going to be a challenge in itself. I also knew that all my previous methods of staying thin would not be suitable for the little nugget I was growing. Yeah, if I wanted to stay trim I was going to have to do it the good old fashion way. With diet and exercise. Lolz… what a joke.
But, somehow, after twenty-something years of life and being uncomfortable in my body I have somehow crafted a system that produced results. AND IT’S ACTUALLY NOT STARVING MYSELF.
Want to know my secret? Here it is:
I eat healthy and I workout.
Yup… it’s groundbreaking and it’s pretty crazy but hey… if it works, I’m all for it. There’s some sarcasm there for those of you who aren’t fluent in my native language.
To be specific: I eat a healthy diet that is low in carbs. I skip out on bread, pasta, cookies, crackers, tortillas, chips, etc. Mainly, I eat a lot of protein, veggies, fruit and Greek yogurt. I stay away from a lot of processed foods and anything super-high in sugar.
I also workout five days a week by combining weight-lifting and cardio.
Sounds like a prison, right? I’m saving the best part for last…
I give myself one day a week (usually Saturday) where there is no limit to what I eat. A cheat day. I used to only allow myself a single cheat meal a week but learned that I could actually get away with a whole day and it didn’t seem to change much.
If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat you probably have heard rumblings about my cheat day adventures. Oh, the fun they are. Seriously, like Christmas every. single. week.
With all that being said, I’ve started thinking lately about how I’m going to make the holidays work with this little system I’ve crafted.
Staying On Track Through the Holidays
I’m a creature of habit and I really dig a schedule so when life gets a little nutty and throws something like a holiday on a Thursday (yeah… I’m talking about you, Thanksgiving) it tends to throw me off-balance. My biggest fear is getting out of a routine and “letting myself go” and not in the fun George Strait kind of way.
Thankfully, I belong to a gym that I have access to 24 hours a day which is seriously a HUGE reason why I’m able to workout five days a week. When the holidays come rolling around I don’t plan on changing that.
What will I change? Probably the days and/or times that I go. Normally, I take Wednesday and Saturday off from the gym. Christmas this year falls on a Monday… as you can imagine I probably won’t feel like making it to the gym. To be frank, there won’t be enough time. More than likely, I’ll be switching out that Monday night workout for a Saturday or Wednesday workout.
My goal is to find a way to rearrange my workouts to accommodate the holidays and still get in those five gym sessions. However, if for some reason I only get four in, I won’t beat myself up.
Now, the tricky part… THE FOOD.
Everyone knows that the holidays are almost just as much about the food as they are about the family time and even the gifts. I could make myself miserable and miss out on the cheesy appetizers, the gooey monkey bread and the famous cookie plate I look forward to every year, but what’s the fun in that?
When clients bring me their delicious homemade cookies, I’ll probably end up saving them (read: hiding them from my husband) until cheat day where I will happily devour them.
Very similar to my gym schedule switch-up, there will probably be some switching up of my coveted cheat day. Thanksgiving is easy… just switch my cheat day from the usual Saturday to Thursday and keep on keeping on.
The problem comes in when I’ve got three Christmas celebrations in three days. My plan is to fully indulge in one Christmas celebration (Christmas Day… the big kahuna). I’m planning on indulging in on all the chocolates, treats and extra rolls my stomach can handle just as it were any other cheat day.
For the other celebrations, I will try to stick to the usual healthy eating. I may allow myself a small slice of pumpkin pie and a small helping of the butter-enriched mashed potatoes because IT’S CHRISTMAS but will try to offset those with choosing an actual lettuce salad over the mayo-drenched pasta salad. Swings and roundabouts, eh?
So that’s my plan, guys. I’m sharing this in hopes that it may help hold me accountable so if you see me out on the streets stuffing my face with a Christmas tin full of chocolate peanut butter balls, feel free to ask, “Hey girl, is it your cheat day?”
Happy Friday, friends!