Getting and staying in shape is challenging when most celebrations revolve around food. And Christmas is definitely one of those times!
I know I went a little overboard yesterday, so today I am focusing on refocusing! Getting back to my healthy habits after a day of overindulgence. I feel a little like the cat in the picture!!
For me it really is the aftermath of the Christmas Feast, the left overs and the lack of motivation because I am out of routine. Did you know that this can cause the Post-Christmas blues and that sends some of us spiraling backwards with our health goals?
Here are some ideas that will help you get through the next few weeks without making you feel like you’ve failed and it’s all too much hard work to get back on track:
We all need time to unwind, and here in New Zealand everything kind of shuts down for a week or so until after New Year. Think of this as some time out, take the focus off it being all about burning calories. Change your mindset to think more along the lines of simply getting up and moving your body.
After such a busy time of year you really need to calm the mind down and balance everything out, stop and smell the roses.
You can grab some destress tips here
You may be feeling stressed because you are used to training at a gym but can’t get there at the moment. It may be because of visitors staying, kids home etc. It is not the end of the world if you miss a week or two of workouts, your body will probably enjoy the break.
There are also lots of activities you can do outside or at home to benefit your health and fitness. Try some lunges or squats, push ups, dips, sit ups, create a mini circuit and think outside the box. Keep moving!
Grab a Core workout Routine here
Add Good Foods:
Don’t go crazy and start to cut foods out of your diet. The best way to feel better is to make sure you have added the good foods into your day. If you do a fruit/veggie/protein/carb/fat check and add in the stuff that you are missing, you will balance out your diet without having to stress about the left overs in the fridge that you should not eat.
A healthy mindset with food is giving your body what it needs first, not taking out foods that you view as “bad”.
So try adding NOT subtracting.
Download a handy resource to plan healthier meals here
Set Some New Goals:
The best way to end the “Post Christmas Blues”? Start setting some future goals.
Get a Journal and write it down. Make yourself accountable.
Set a date you want to achieve your goal by, and break it down into action steps.
By journaling your day to day mini goals and progress you are creating your own blueprint to success. This is important information about you that can come in handy in the future, that you can look back on and learn from.
Mini goals can be very simple like increasing your water intake or getting more sleep.
Grab a Goal Setting Worksheet here!
Finally remember that there is no such thing as perfection! So take the pressure off yourself about trying to be perfect.
You simply do the best you can on any given day. Take action and stay mindful of your goals. Aim for progress.
So here’s the quick recap what to do to keep your healthy momentum going:
Which action steps are you planning?
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